Microsoft has hinted at new Lumia flagships powered by Snapdragon 810 processors on the way, but its next range-toppers aren't expected to launch until later in the year, most likely with Windows 10 for phones on board.
In the meantime, Microsoft's current high-end Windows Phones continue to soldier on. Over in the UK, the Lumia 930 is now available for around £330 off-contract from retailers such as Expansys and Clove. But if you're on EE - which includes T-Mobile and Orange customers - you can now grab the Lumia 930 for a good deal less.
EE originally launched the Lumia 930 for £349.99 on pay-as-you-go back in July. But the UK's largest mobile network is now selling the 930 for just £199.99 off-contract via its official eBay store. The catch? The devices aren't quite brand new.
Instead, EE is selling the devices in "good as new" condition, explaining that each handset available at this price was originally sold by the carrier, but then "returned within 14 days, tested, reset and includes a full manufacturer's warranty."
EE also assures customers that the handsets "come with the essential extras you'd expect out of the box, including charger, battery and back cover" - that's particularly reassuring, given that the back cover on the Lumia 930 isn't actually removable.
You'll get a free EE SIM card with your purchase, including 150 minutes of talk-time, 500MB of data for use on its 4G network, and unlimited texts. Bear in mind that the Lumia 930s are locked to EE's network, so if you're not an EE, Orange or T-Mo customer, make sure that you can get the device unlocked before you order one.
Key specs of the Lumia 930 include:
- 5-inch ClearBlack Full HD (1920x1080px) OLED with Gorilla Glass 3
- Quad-core 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800
- 2GB RAM
- 32GB onboard storage
- 20MP PureView rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
- 1.2MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens
- NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
- 2420mAh battery
- 137 x 71 x 9.8mm; 167g
While EE isn't selling brand new handsets, they come pretty close and, crucially, they still include the full manufacturer's warranty. Given the potential savings of over £100 compared with buying a brand new Lumia 930 off-contract, this deal may prove too good to resist for some.
If you do pick up the Lumia 930 from EE, there'll be another treat waiting for you - the carrier has already given the green light to its Lumia Denim update, so you'll be able to update your handset to the latest OS version as soon as it's delivered.