[IFA 2014] Microsoft announces Lumia 830 & 730

Microsoft has announced 3 new smartphones, the Lumia 830, and the Lumia 730 & 735.

Lumia 830 – the affordable flagship

Microsoft has dubbed the Lumia 830 as an affordable flagship, and judging from its features, it lives up to its name indeed.

It’s design is strongly reminiscent of the Lumia 930, with the distinct aluminium band and brightly coloured polycarbonate back. Coming in at 8.5mm and 150g, the Lumia 830 is the thinnest Lumia to date.

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Pick up a Lumia 830 and you’d  immediately notice the camera module, which looks like a toned down camera module of the beastly Lumia 1020. It is a PureView camera, a first for mid-range Lumias, highlighting Microsoft’s insistence on bringing flagship features down to more affordable price points.

In general, the Lumia 830 is an improved 820, and at the same time a less powerful Lumia 930, coming with a 5-inch HD IPS LCD  screen, and a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor. It certainly is a valuable addition to the Lumia lineup. It is expected to roll out globally at the end of this month with a price tag of around 330 euros.

Lumia 730 & 735 – selfie phones

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Jumping on to the bandwagon of including better front facing camera units on smartphones to take advantage of the selfie craze, Microsoft has introduced the Lumia 730 and 735.

They come with a 5 MP wide-angle front facing camera with a focal length of 24mm, and Microsoft promises that they are “perfect for impromptu group snaps with friends and Skype calls with the whole family“. Unfortunately, the main camera unit is non-PureView, though the 6.7 MP sensor of f/1.9 still performs admirably.

Other than the cameras, the rest of the phone is pretty standard, including a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 and a 4.7-inch HD OLED screen. The Lumia 730 allows for dual SIM cards, while the 735 trades that for LTE capabilities. They are expected to go on sale with a price tag of 199 and 219 euros respectively at the end of this month.

Do stay tuned for more news regarding Windows Phone!

All image credits to Microsoft

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