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The Lumia 830 mirrors its Lumia 930 big brother in looks

Currently sitting in the doldrums with 2.5 percent of the global smartphone market, Microsoft is looking to revamp its Lumia family from top-to-bottom in an effort to carve out a bigger piece of the pie for itself. Earlier this summer we saw the introduction of the Lumia 530 — the follow-up to the incredibly popular Lumia 520.
Today, we’re seeing the introduction of the mid-range Lumia 730/735 and Lumia 830. Microsoft calls the Lumia 830 its “affordable flagship” and as a result, the device looks much like the Lumia 930. It even includes an aluminum frame and a polycarbonate backplate while managing to be both thinner and lighter than Lumia 930.
Specs wise, the Lumia 830 comes with a 5” 720p display and a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1GB of RAM (solidifying its position in the lineup). Other features include 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expansion, NFC support, Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, 2200 mAh battery, and built-in Qi wireless charging.

And whereas the Lumia 930 packs in a 20MP PureView camera, the Lumia 830 makes do with a 10MP PureView camera unit on the rear of the device. A 0.9MP wide-angle camera handles front-facing duties.
The Lumia 830 ships with the Lumia Denim update which includes Windows 8.1 Update 1 plus a few special enhancements tailored towards Lumia devices. Since we’ve already covered Update 1, here are the Lumia-specific updates included in the Denim update (courtesy of Microsoft):
  • Lumia Camera – Replacing Nokia Camera, Lumia Camera is faster and more intuitive than before to make the best camera experience, even better.
  • Speed – Pocket to capture speeds are superfast, and it only takes milliseconds going from shot to shot.
  • Moment Capture – A long press of the camera button starts 4K-quality video recording at 24 FPS. With each frame at 8.3 megapixels, you can save individual frames as high quality still images.
  • Rich Capture – Auto HDR and Dynamic Flash are now welcomed into the already-impressive feature set. Shoot first and adjust the camera settings later for that perfect photo.
  • Improved image processing algorithms – Updated to give you clearer photos, even in lowlight.
  • “Hey Cortana” Voice Activation - Gone are the days of pressing the microphone button to wake-up Cortana. Simply say “Hey Cortana” while the phone is idle and Cortana will activate.This is possible thanks to the SensorCore technology.
  • Glance Screen – Compatible Lumia devices can now show more at a glance with Bing Weather, or Bing Health & Fitness data, in addition to time and date, notifications and application data. 
The Lumia 830 will ship preloaded with Denim, and existing Windows Phone 8 devices will receive the update later this year.

Microsoft says that the Lumia 830 will ship this month worldwide, and will be available in orange, white, green, and grey. U.S. pricing hasn’t been announced, but it will receive a €330 price tag in Europe.

Sources: Microsoft/Nokia [1], [2]

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All your base?
By Close04 on 9/4/2014 10:25:21 AM , Rating: 2
"Speed – Pocket to capture speeds are superfast".

Maybe it's just my English and I understand that this is a copy/paste from the PR release... what exactly does it mean?
Is it a burst mode? In this case, indeed, speeds are superfast... o_O

RE: All your base?
By Gunbuster on 9/4/2014 10:53:05 AM , Rating: 2
Maybe they mean pulling the phone out of your pocket?

RE: All your base?
By Labotomizer on 9/4/2014 11:04:46 AM , Rating: 2
Improvements in time from locked/off to camera app launched and ready to snap. It takes about 4-5 seconds now and I'm sure they can improve that.

RE: All your base?
By Mitch101 on 9/4/2014 11:09:02 AM , Rating: 2
Cant find a spec for Pocket to capture speed but shot to shot time is 42 milli-seconds. Damn.

RE: All your base?
By inighthawki on 9/4/2014 11:12:55 AM , Rating: 2
The phrase "Pocket to capture" here is referring to the time between pulling the device out of your pocket, and taking a picture (capture==picture).

So overall, it is trying to advertise that the time it takes to pull out the device, turn it on, get to the camera app, and take a picture is very fast.

RE: All your base?
By Labotomizer on 9/4/2014 11:15:14 AM , Rating: 2
On the phones with physical buttons it's much faster than that. Take the phone out, hold the camera button. Phone turns on and launches the camera app. They're speeding that up. Which is good, it takes 4-5 seconds now.

RE: All your base?
By frostyfiredude on 9/8/2014 3:01:04 PM , Rating: 2
Curious which phone is taking 4-5 seconds, i've got an HTC 8X here which takes 2-3 seconds on 8.1 DP3 from time of actuation to first shot taken.

RE: All your base?
By Alexvrb on 9/4/2014 10:37:27 PM , Rating: 2
On a Lumia with a physical camera button, it's already very fast and simple to take your phone out and snap a shot. Like Labotomizer said, you press and hold the camera button and it unlocks and loads directly to the camera app, ready to roll. If they can shave more time off the camera app launch time, even better! I wouldn't want a phone that lacks this functionality anymore, it makes using your smartphone as a daily camera a snap.

Anyway after reading the article one question does spring to mind, do all of the Denim-supported devices listed above have SensorCore?

Too expensive
By themaster08 on 9/4/2014 10:57:46 AM , Rating: 2
It's a nice phone, but is way too expensive. Microsoft's competitors are undercutting them on price and specs.

I really want Windows Phone to do well in the market, but Microsoft needs to take a hit on the hardware to push the entire platform, and force their way back into the low-end which they have completely lost to Motorola.

RE: Too expensive
By Gunbuster on 9/4/2014 11:15:21 AM , Rating: 2
I agree. They need to price the phones better and stick to it.

For instance the Lumia 521 is $109 retail on T-Mobile right now but has been on sale for $40

Just sell it for $40 from the beginning! That's the only way you are going to build that market share...

Hey feature parity
By Gunbuster on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: Hey feature parity
By Mitch101 on 9/4/2014 10:51:57 AM , Rating: 3
Microsoft announces the HD-10, a Miracast receiver with NFC support
Enjoy movies or TV series in full HD (1080p) on the big screen, played directly from Lumia smartphone or streamed from on-demand services, without any content restrictions. Internet browsing: Browse and enjoy websites, or try convenient online shopping on the big screen. Showcasing photos: Take stunning pictures with a Lumia phone, and then relive the memories on a large screen with friends and family. Office use: Perfect for presentations or group working sessions, it lets people project documents from apps and services like Microsoft Office (including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint, and Excel), OneNote, OneDrive and Lync. Games: Play with games on the big screen, and enjoy them in more detail.

RE: Hey feature parity
By Labotomizer on 9/4/2014 11:09:51 AM , Rating: 2
Yup, the Miracast is a pretty big deal. And it should work with most devices.

RE: Hey feature parity
By Mitch101 on 9/4/2014 3:32:52 PM , Rating: 2
Now if we can get everyone to agree to a wireless charge mat/puck/whatever. I just give up on Apple they will always be the odd man out. (Non standard micro usb everyone else uses)

World Piece sounds easier.

RE: Hey feature parity
By Alexvrb on 9/4/2014 10:41:24 PM , Rating: 2
I'm pretty sure the Qi charging supported by a lot of Lumia devices (some built-in, others via optional cover replacement) IS actually a standard. You can even buy third-party Qi mats that work with these Lumias.

RE: Hey feature parity
By Labotomizer on 9/4/2014 11:01:29 AM , Rating: 3
Or you could say it was nice of Google to catch up to Kinect from 3 years ago... Silly comparison either way.

RE: Hey feature parity
By Gunbuster on 9/4/14, Rating: -1
RE: Hey feature parity
By mchentz on 9/4/2014 6:42:27 PM , Rating: 1
Heck I am still waiting for the 8.1 update on my ICON. Love the phone but as soon as I can get rid of Verizon I will just can't wait! The denium update will probably take 6 months after that at this rate

RE: Hey feature parity
By Alexvrb on 9/4/2014 10:46:57 PM , Rating: 2
It's not just Verizon, most of the carriers really drag their feet on updates. However AT&T does seem to be a bit ahead of VZW and T-Mo, at least on this update, so long as you don't have an 820 or 920. If you really want it right now, just sign up for the developer preview.

RE: Hey feature parity
By ritualm on 9/5/2014 4:23:23 PM , Rating: 2
After the ROKR E1, I stopped buying phones on contract. One big exception being Apple, because Cupertino simply does not allow carrier bloatware pre-installed on its devices.

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