This is the special golden edition Nokia Lumia 930

Lumia 930
Lumia 930 (Image credit: Windows Central)

In early January, Microsoft officially announced{.nofollow} special golden editions of its Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 smartphones for various markets, including Europe, Asia Pacific and China, and India, the Middle East and Africa. Coming in either matte black or glossy white, the gold-framed versions of the latest Lumias add a little sophistication to the previously colorful devices.

I managed to get my hands on the matte black gold Lumia 930, which can be found unlocked for around $430, including on eBay. Here are some photos and a video to show you what it is all about.

What it is

As you can imagine, there is nothing truly unique about this Lumia 930 (or Lumia 830). Besides the gold frame, the software and other features are exactly the same. It does ship with Windows Phone 8.1 build 14157, which is rather old. However, when you check for an update, build 14226 comes down, which is the latest version of the 8.1.1 OS, including Lumia Camera 5.0 and Lumia Denim.

Other than that, it has the same specifications, including a 5-inch 1080p display (no Glance), 32 GB of storage, 2 GB of RAM, 2.2 GHz CPU and a 20 MP PureView camera.

For those in the US, you do not get LTE on this phone due to the unique carrier bands here. However, if you are on AT&T (and to a lesser extent, T-Mobile), you can get 3G HSPA+ data. That is a trade off, but if you are around Wi-Fi often, it is certainly doable.

Cheesy or elegant?

I find the 'blinged out' smartphone craze a bit tacky, but the truth be told, I like this gold Lumia 930. It is elegant, not gaudy, and I think it looks rather tasteful. I am curious about the glossy white version, which is a change from the matte white on the Lumia Icon for Verizon.

Should you get one?

If you are in the market for a Lumia 930, I would consider getting the gold version. Supposedly, these gold variants have a limited run of just 3,000, making this a potential collector's item. Plus it is one of the last Nokia-branded Lumias.

The glossy white versions are due in the coming weeks, and they should start appearing in various retailers.

Overall though, I am keeping this one and using it on my secondary AT&T line.

Let us know that you think in comments! Should Microsoft do this sort of thing more often?

Daniel Rubino

Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been here covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, Microsoft Surface, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics and ran the projectors at movie theaters, which has done absolutely nothing for his career.

  • It's beautiful, the best "gold" phone I've seen.
  • Looks better than iPhone Gold (;
  • No, there is a more beautiful one, gold Lumia 830. That's the only one that I'm waiting for now
  • Yeah..waiting to grab an 830 myself. How do you think the gold plate would match if we switched covers with smtin colorful? Uhmm,..
  • I don't know, but I always think white is the best colour for 830/930 with the metal rim. Same for this time. I'm with for white golden 830
  • But 830 is stupid IPS LCD, 930 is beautiful AMOLED
  • Apparently I prefer I prefer IPS LCD to AMOLED displays... Amoleds' colours don't look natural save black and they tend to get faulty easily
  • I'm sure a lot people think otherwise. Especially Samsung won't give top quality Amoled to other OEMs
  • no windows phns are stupid like the overrated, BS, CrApple's iJUNK. Listen both 830 and 930 are AWESOME phns, but in different class. you cant call 830 stupid when its less expensive. 930 is in higher class, that cost more to make with higher components. As i mentioned , both phns are awesome for different budget ppl in mind. If you guys want to bash, bash CrApple all you want. Even free is too much for that BS, garbage EVIL phn, made by an EVIL comp.
  • But 830 and 930 are both in the $400-$500.... Why would anyone get an 830
  • Not in Asia. In China, 930 is 50% more expensive than 830.
  • I am really interested in getting one now, or wait for the white-gold version?
  • Would be special if it had SD slot and worked on t-mobile bands.
  • It would look even better wrapped around a 940.
  • 940?
  • "Gold" only looks good on the metal casing phone like L925 or the cancelled McLaren.  It looks odd on L830 or L930.  Hopefully, we will get a all metal L1030 like McLaren.  Gold version will look brilliant.
  • L925 is the ugliest phone EVER. Everybody I know thinks the same.
  • I think different. I consider it one of the most beautiful phones ever engineered. :)
  • How is the plating done? Is there potential for the color to wear particularly on the edges?
  • Not really sure. It does not look like it is platting, but rather the color of the metal itself through and through. Guess I'll have to scratch it to find out, but not really fond of that idea, lol.
  • :D lol
  • I cracked my 1520 screen. It will cost $200 to replace it with AT&T. From now on, I will only buy stuff from the Microsoft store. I just not sure if to spend $200 on the replacement or wait for a new flagship. Daniel - can you take a guess as to how long before a new flagship is released? I will not hold you to it :). My guess is summer.
  • I believe that 'with Windows 10' was what MS said this week... so when win10 comes out 'this summer' or 'late summer' or whatever it is supposed to be, then you can expect to hear about a new flagship or two.
  • My guess is September. Hope my 1020 holds out until then.
  • BetaRelease, Just take you phn to MS store, and they will take care of you. You may have to buy their 2 year warranty for $99, which covers EVERYTHING, even water, or drop, kick, fire,.............ANYTHING, except for theft. so you will be 100% covered, for $99. They that for me, and i did NOT buy my 1st 1520 from them. MS store has been one of the BEST store i have EVER been to. Their customer service is inline with Costco, Sams Club, and Bed Bath and Beyond, which has lifetime return policy. MS store staff where we are are unbelievable and do anything to help you. So screw ATT, go to MS and see what they can do for you now. As for Flagship phns, MS mentioned at the end of the live event, they have it later this year. However, in March there is a HUGE Mobile event in Spain calls WMC(World Mobile Conference) We might see some flagship Win10 phns there, Or at MS Built conference. In any case, there will be NEW and Flagship Windows 10 phns coming this year. My guess Aug, or Sep. Just my guess. I have NO PROB waiting for Win10 1530 phn ;-) 
  • Same here. I just bought a new digitizer and glass (LCD still works fine) and it is going to cost me about $20 to fix. Plenty of teardown videos online :)
  • Lol...
  • Which calendar app u use?
  • Good question
  • If the frame is still aluminum, an engineered coating would typically add an electrolytic layer of copper and nickel, then gold. May vary, depending mostly on how cheap they are. If not protected with a top coat, the gold would wear, but that depends on how you use it and the quality of the plating. That assumes this assumes that it is actually gold and not a dyed our coated faux anodized job. I would not be surprised if it was faux gold anodized, in which case it would last much longer.
  • That's a pretty thorough explanation.
  • It cannot be real gold...the price would be much higher
  • PVD coating as what we see watchmaker used to do on watches??
  • If its done the same as the 1020's camera hump, it will wear as mine has.
  • Now imagine a 1020 with a golden hump!
  • Gorgeous.
  • More a fan of the orange :)
  • I just one 64gb or 120gb lumia
  • If I'm not mistaken, there's a matching 'gold' accent color, right?
  • No. But you can have gold images.
  • All Windows Phones have 'Taupe' as an accent color choice, which is gold-ish.
  • I would've said 'Amber' is closer.
  • I dunno, my hulk green 1520 came with an extra matching accent color.
  • This is like the old golden edition Nokias. Pure Nokia porn with this 930.
  • No it looks tacky in my opinion I rather have simple colors
  • While it isn't my cup of tea, that phone with the gold details is not flashy or tacky in my opinion. Anyways I wish Microsoft would bring some more of this unique trims to their phones, it would be cool to have crazy options to mix and match and choose from.
  • Agreed. I certainly wouldn't want one, but if they sell and some people love them, there's no reason not to do it. As for me, I love the current green and orange colors.
  • Anodising aluminum had been a long standing practice on many motorcycle and bicycle parts, and would certainly be a cheap and welcome option on Lumia handsets. They should certainly offer this more often.
  • I really like anodized aluminum, was thinking about the green anodized parts people put on their Kawasakis. I would love to have a black Lumia with a green border around it. :)
  • +1520
  • looks great!
  • It looks nice. I'd rather see a silver & black version.
    At any rate, that phone is so plagued with hardware defects that I wouldn't buy it again even if it had real gold. Maybe I'll try to get the back plate just for the Nokia logo in gold but apart from that...meh. They should have concerned themselves more with the quality control on the 930 than with "gold" editions...but then again...none of this was done under Nokia's watch, so I can't say I'm surprised.
  • Stop lying. Both Icon & 930 were done under Nokia's watch.
  • The Icon was. The 930 wasn't. And I have photos to prove it. Actually, if you owned a 930 - which you don't - you could see it for yourself. Remove the SIM tray, pull out the little piece where the IMEI is written and check out what's written there. Here's a hint: it's NOT "Nokia".   Next time, do yourself a favour and keep your mouth shut if you don't know what you're talking about.
  • So what if it's written Microsoft and not Nokia?? That doesn't prove anything about quality control. You need to prove Microsoft immediately replaced certain people who were working on Lumia 930 design and quality control or that those same people were given instructions to lower their previous working standards. And I know from my personal experience that Nokia did in fact sold some phones which had hardware flaws (no Microsoft quality control 10 years ago).
  • Very simple: Microsoft MOBILE (which is different from normal Microsoft, in case you don't know that) was already in charge, therefore it's MM's responsibility to oversee the quality control of the products. Microsoft Mobile failed massively to do so. You just need to look around and you'll find tons of complaints about hardware problems on the 930. At this point, unless they addressed all those problems, this Gold version is just what one calls "polishing a turd".   Yes, no company produces 100% perfect phones all the time. But MM is on a very very bad start with the 930, which then moved to the 535 and God knows if others. Except while you can forgive hardware problems on a 120€ like the 535, you can NOT forgive on the 930, a 600€ phone. Specially when it's always the same kinds of problems for everyone. Plain and simple.
  • Before I bought my Nokia Lumia 925 I read tons of complaints about various hardware problems that device had. You can still bing or google about it. To me, this just seems like history repeating itself. 
  • Yeah my 925 had terrible heating issues.
  • Lol. So mad. I just followed your instructions on my 930; it doesn't say anything so I'm not really sure what you are talking about, but zero issues with my 930. Marvellous phone.
  • LOL Icon & 930 are full Nokia hardware.
  • The 930 isn't. Check my comment above you. I've told you EXACTLY where to look to