Microsoft Unveils Lumia 830 'Affordable Flagship' Phone
Jumping on the slim premium smartphone bandwagon, Microsoft takes the wraps off the company's new Windows Phone, the Lumia 830.Combating the notion that low prices and high-end design aren't mutually exclusive, Microsoft today unveiled the Nokia Lumia 830 at the IFA consumer electronics trade show in Germany. Billed as an "affordable flagship" by the company, the Lumia 830 will go on sale later this month for 330 euros, or rough $427 U.S., at current exchange rates, before taxes and subsidies. By comparison, an unlocked, contract-free 16GB Apple iPhone 5S retails for $649 in the days before its successor is set to debut. It wouldn't be a Lumia without devoting extra attention to the smartphone's camera. "Our affordable flagship, the Lumia 830, comes with a rear-facing 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics and the thinnest and lightest Optical Image Stabilization system we've ever built; letting you capture razor-sharp images day or night," Microsoft spokesperson Nishtha Arora said in a statement. The front-facing camera can capture 1-megapixel (MP) stills and 720P video. The smartphone runs Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The 830 will ship with the Lumia-exclusive Denim Update, which includes the Lumia Camera app (replacing Nokia Camera), "4K-quality" video recording at 24 frames per second (FPS) and a voice-activated version of Cortana that activates when a user utters "Hey Cortana" instead of pressing the microphone button.
The device is fronted by a 5-inch In-Plane Switching (IPS) LCD display with a resolution of 1280 pixels by 720 pixels. Curved Gorilla 3.0 glass helps mitigate cracks and scratches while the company's Super Sensitive Touch tech allows for touch input with gloves.