Much like we were expecting, Microsoft has just announced the Nokia Lumia 830 at the ongoing IFA 2014 conference in Berlin. Terming it as an “affordable flagship”, Microsoft went greater heights comparing the new Lumia 830 to Samsung’s Galaxy S5 and Apple’s iPhone 5S, and claiming it’s better than both. Well, let’s see what’s in store for us in Lumia 830.
The Lumia 830 carries forward the design language of Lumia 930 with the aluminum frame and polycarbonate back. Although it comes with PureView branding, the 10 Megapixel rear camera isn’t quite as good as the Lumia 930 or 1020, but Microsoft had loads of software magic to showcase on the Lumia 830. We shall get into that in a bit, but let’s take a look at the hardware specifications.
Lumia 830 Specifications
The Lumia 830 is powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB of internal storage, but has a microSD slot capable of increasing the storage up to 128GB. Interestingly, the Lui 830 comes with built-in Wireless Charging support along with removable/interchangeable back cover.
Display: 5-inch 720p Clear Black IPS LCD with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and 296 ppi
CPU: 1.2GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400
Size: 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm
Internal Storage: 16GB with microSD slot (expandable up to 128GB)
Camera: 10MP PureView with 6-lens optics and OIS, 0.9MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture
Connectivity: LTE, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC
Battery: 2200 mAh
Sensors: Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer
OS: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
The device will ship with the Lumia Denim update, which is Microsoft Device’s specially-packaged version of Windows Phone 8.1.1 (Update 1). That refresh comes with a new version of Lumia Camera, which comes with faster shot-to-shot and pocket-to-picture times and several other enhancements to the imaging experience.
One of the special features in Lumia Camera is Rich Capture mode with dynamic flash. It comes with a slider that lets you change how much light is showing up in the picture. This is done by taking a photo with flash and without flash and then processing them together to control the exposure. Other enhancements include the new Moment Capture feature. Long-press the camera button in the app, and the Lumia 830 starts recording 4K Ultra HD video at 24fps. Even better, each frame is the equivalent of an 8.3-megapixel still, so they can each be individually saved.
With these things, Nokia (or rather Microsoft) has reaffirmed its stake to have the best photography tech in the smartphone arena. At €330 (before taxes), the Lumia 830 is decently priced as well and will hit shelves around the world later this month.