Microsoft announces Lumia 830 affordable flagship and Lumia 730/735 selfie smartphones
Microsoft has announced a new line of Windows Phones, including the Lumia 830, which the company is marketing as “the affordable flagship”, and the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 selfie smartphones. The unveiling took place this morning at the IFA Berlin show.
The 5-inch Lumia 830 is said to bundle high-end features into an affordable package. It integrates a 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics (which eliminates the bulge on the back of the high-end 1020) and also has a 1.2GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage expandable via microSD, a 720p resolution screen and a 2200mAh removable battery.
We then have the budget-conscious 4.7-inch dual-SIM Lumia 730 and single-SIM 4G LTE Lumia 735 which are built especially for “Skype calls and selfies”, according to Microsoft. Both handsets feature a wide-angle 5MP front facing camera with a f/2.4 aperture, along with a 6.7MP rear camera with Zeiss optics and a f/1.9 aperture and LED flash.
The internals of the handset build upon the Lumia 630/635‘s weaknesses, comprising a faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, a slight bump in RAM to 1GB, 8GB of internal storage with microSD support to up to 128GB, a 2270mAh battery and an improved 1280 x 720 AMOLED HD display with 316PPI. The curved glass display also features ClearBlack, SuperSensitive Touch, High Brightness Mode, and Sunlight readability enhancements.
The Lumia 735 will be priced at €219 ($288) and the 730 at €199 ($219), whilst the 820 will be slightly more expensive at €300 ($433). All three handsets are set to begin their global roll out this month.
The company also announced forthcoming software update called “Lumia Denim”, according to The Guardian. It supposedly adds functionality exclusively to Lumia phones running Windows Phone 8, with aims to improve the Cortana personal assistant and camera performance.
Below is a hardware specification detail comparison, featuring all three new devices mentioned above, with thanks to AnandTech.