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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