The Lumia 930 is the firm's latest flagship smartphone and will go up against plenty of high profile handsets including the Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, Sony Xperia Z2 and iPhone 5s. Here's our Nokia Lumia 930 hands-on review.

It will launch in June with a price of $599 before taxes and subsidies so expect a premium price tag in the UK. See also: Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 hands-on review: Affordable Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones.

Nokia Lumia 930

Nokia Lumia 930 review: Design and build

Most of Nokia's smartphones come with a polycarbonate plastic uni-body design, or interchangeable shells. However, the firm has decided to use aluminium for the Lumia 930. The metal frame runs around the edge of the handset separating the Gorilla Glass front which has subtly curved sides and the contoured plastic rear cover.

We'd rather a fully metal uni-body but that wouldn't fit in with Nokia's colourfully in your face approach. The Lumia 930 will be available in bright orange, bright green but also white and black. The latter has black anodised aluminium giving it a stealthier look.

Nokia Lumia 930 metal design

The Lumia 930 is quite large with its 5in screen and slightly brick-like with those square edges. It's also at the heavier end of the scale at 167g.

Nokia Lumia 930 review: Hardware

With a 5in Full HD screen, the Lumia 930 is keeping up with rival flagship smartphones. As we've mentioned the display has curved edges but they are subtle and although the glossy finish feels nice to the touch, it's very reflective.

Nokia has stuck with the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor from Qualcomm which it used for the Lumia 1520. Some flagships have moved on to the 801 now but we've seen little difference in performance between the two from a user perspective. In other words, the Lumia 930 is a nippy device and if you're interested, it's got 2GB of RAM.

Internal storage is set at 32GB with Nokia opting not to offer any other capacities. Although the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635, which have launched alongside the Lumia 930, have microSD cards slots, their big brother does not which is a shame.

For photographers, the Lumia 930 has the same 20Mp PureView camera with Carl Zeiss lens which is found on the Lumia 1520. Our test shots on the Lumia 930 looked decent and since it's the same as the 1520, we can confidently predict that you're in safe hands with it. Read our Lumia 1520 review for a closer look.

Nokia Lumia 930 PureView camera

Furthermore, Nokia touts excellent directional audio to accompany your video recordings thanks to four high-performance microphones dotted around the device. We'll test this properly when we get a review unit.

As with other high-end Nokia handsets, the Lumia 930 comes with built-in wireless charging which is great. It's a feature which is still rare and Nokia is including a wireless charger in the box. Customers up for pre-ordering with also get other goodies including a wireless speaker and a £20 app voucher.

Nokia Lumia 930 review: Software

The Lumia 930 will be the first flagship smartphone to launch with Windows Phone 8.1. The latest version of the mobile OS looks great on the 5in screen and a number of new features help it with the difficult task of catching up with Android and iOS.

The Start Screen now has up to six columns of tiles and you can set a photo or image from your gallery which sits behind the tiles which then turn transparent. It creates a cool and personalised feel. There are also new lockscreen themes to choose from.

At long last, Windows Phone users have a notification bar which drops down from the top. It's called Action Center and also has four quick settings buttons which can be customised from a list of settings such as Wi-Fi, screen brightness and airplane mode.

Cortana is the other major feature which is Microsoft answer to Siri. However, the digital personal assistant isn't due to reach the UK until late in 2014 and we haven't been able to test it out yet.

We like the new features in Windows Phone 8.1 and with other little tweaks like the Word Flow keyboard which offers personalised predictions and swipe gesture typing and Sense apps to keep on top of data usage, storage and Wi-Fi, the platform will be an easier sell.

While the 8.1 update is a step in the right direction for Windows Phone, it doesn't solve the problem which is faces around apps. Developers still favour iOS and Android over Microsoft's ecosystem so you're better off there for getting the latest and greatest apps. We see the words 'coming soon to Windows Phone' and similar all too often.

OUR VERDICT

The Lumia 930 with Windows Phone 8.1 is a step in the right direction with its semi-metal design and decent hardware line-up. However, it's up against tough competition and the thriving iOS and Android app stores. Look out for a full review soon.