Having a fancy camera phone is great, but if it’s too expensive then people could go for a cheaper option. That’s the thinking from Microsoft at least, who have today announced new Nokia Lumia kit at “more accessible” price points.
The 830 is known as their “affordable flagship” and comes equipped with a 10 megapixel PureView camera plus ZEISS optics and an optical image stabilisation system which is the “thinnest to date”.
Powered by Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, the 830 also includes the HERE location services and has a 5″ ClearBlack IPS LCD screen at 1280x720p. This has something called “Sunlight Readability” and works with your finger, your nail or even your gloves. The CPU is a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 and you already know about that rear camera. There’s another one up-front (1 megapixel) for those “arty” selfie shots. It comes equipped with 16GB storage, a microSD card slot for up to another 128GB and 15GB of free OneDrive storage. Inside there’s a 2200 mAh battery and integrated Qi wireless charging too.
Here’s one of those fancy promotional videos to whet your appetite..
The Lumia 830 will begin rolling out this month around the world for 330 Euros, which we’ve worked out at about £264. Not bad at all.
What’s Lumia Camera and Denim?
Glad you asked. Windows Phone 8.1 has been updated again, and this is the very latest iteration – Denim. We’ll be going into more detail on the OS updates in a new post, but there’s more if you’re lucky enough to have the right phone. The “Lumia Camera” improves the speed of the camera so that you can fire off stacks of images in milliseconds. It also adds HD Moment Capture, which initiates 4K super-HD quality video recording when you long-press the camera button. Not to get too geeky here, but this will film at 24 frames per second and each-and-every-frame will be 8.3 megapixel. This’ll let you grab a shot from any part of your video as a high-quality photo.
Other camera features include higher-quality low-light shots and “Rich Capture” which does all that HDR and flash business for you, so you don’t have to worry. Lumia Camera will be rolling out on this phone in Q4, and with Lumia Denim on the 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 OTA in Q4.
We’ll have more on Lumia Denim in a separate news item shortly.
New Nokia Lumia smartphones bring high-end imaging capabilities to more accessible price points
New Lumia 830, 730 Dual SIM and 735 smartphones offer industry-leading camera technology and software in a slim, colourfulpackage.
BERLIN — Sept. 4, 2014 — TodayMicrosoft Corp. announced the Nokia Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM smartphones running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, bringing industry-leading imaging technology to more affordable price levels. Microsoft also announced two new accessories that provide innovative ways for people to interact with their phones, plus the Lumia Denim update, which brings extra features and enhancements to existing Lumia smartphones.
With a slim design, the Lumia 830 is an affordable flagship that delivers high-end innovations such as optical image stabilisation and PureView imaging to more people.Offering wide-angle, front-facing cameras; an attractive price tag; and slim, compact style, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 are built for Skype calls and selfies.Existing Lumia smartphones continue to get even better with the Lumia Denim update, which combines great new features from the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update with exclusive enhancements such as Lumia Camera, which brings high-quality images at the fastest speeds.
“Our strategy is to help people do more with stunning products that unite and showcase the best of Microsoft’s digital work and life experiences,” said Chris Weber, corporate vice president of Mobile Devices Sales at Microsoft. “The Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 Dual SIM combine popular Microsoft services such as Skype, Microsoft Office and OneDrive with amazing Lumia innovations in design and imaging to bring experiences that people value, at prices they can afford.”
Lumia 830: The affordable flagship
The Lumia 830 offers the best of Lumia and the latest from Microsoft in a pocket-friendly design and price.
The Lumia 830 captures high-quality images and videos, day or night, with a 10-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, Rich Recording and the thinnest optical image stabilisation system to date on a Lumia.It delivers the best of Microsoft with pre-loaded Microsoft Office Mobile; the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim; and OneDrive with 15 GB of free storage, allowing content to be synced and shared easily.It comes with flagship Lumia innovations such as integrated wireless charging in a sleek and light aluminum and polycarbonate design.
Lumia 830 will begin rolling out globally this month, priced around 330 euros before taxes and subsidies.
Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735: Built for Skype and selfies
With wide-angle, front-facing cameras and a slim, pocketable style, the Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 let people easily capture and share more.
The front-facing, wide-angle, 5-megapixel camera is great for Skype video calls, letting people share more of the world around them or bring more family and friends into a call.With an offer for a free, three-month Skype Unlimited Worldsubscription, it’s easier than ever to have an international voice call with friends and family on their mobile and landline phones, right from the Lumia 730 or Lumia 735.Plus, with the integration of one-tap Skype video call access during voice calls,1 people have even more ways to share their stories, no matter where they are.
Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 will also begin rolling out globally this month, featuring a 2220 mAh battery, 8 GB of internal storage and 15 GB of free OneDrive storage. The Lumia 730 Dual SIM will be priced around 199 euros before taxes and subsidies, while the Lumia 735 with LTE/4G and wireless charging support will be priced around 219 euros before taxes and subsidies.
New accessories to complement Lumia smartphones
Microsoft Devices Group also announced two new additions to the innovative Lumia accessories line:
· The second-generation smart Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 makes the most convenient way to charge even better by intelligently alerting people when to charge and highlighting notifications with a subtle glow.
· The Microsoft Screen-Sharing for Lumia Phones HD-10 lets people beam any content from their smartphone to an HDMI-enabled screen, easily and without content restrictions. Perfect for reliving memories with friends and family or sharing presentations at work.
Lumia continues to get even better with the Lumia Denim update
Lumia Denim combines the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update with exclusive experiences for Lumia smartphones. Lumia Denim also cements Microsoft’s leadership in imaging with the introduction of unique innovations in Lumia Camera that make the camera work faster and more intuitively. Coming as part of the Lumia Denim update to Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520, Lumia Camera offers the following:
· Speed. Never miss a moment with Lumia Camera and its fast camera startup and capture speeds. Take numerous photos with just milliseconds between shots.
· High definition. Using Moment Capture, a long press of the camera button within the app automatically starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 frames per second. Each frame is of high image quality at 8.3 megapixels, allowing every single video frame to be selected and saved as a still image.
· Intuitiveness. Get the best shot every time with Rich Capture, which simplifies picture-taking with auto HDR and Dynamic Flash. With Rich Capture, people can avoid the hassle of adjusting camera settings; they can shoot first and edit and select the perfect shot later.
· Quality. Capture high-quality smartphone images in low light with the latest-generation imaging algorithms.
Lumia Camera will initially roll out as an update with Lumia Denim for Lumia 930, Lumia Icon and Lumia 1520 and as an over-the-air update for Lumia 830 in Q4 2014. Lumia Denim will roll out as an over-the-air update to all the other Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones, following partner testing and approvals.
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