IFA 2014: Nokia Lumia 830 arrives with PureView, wireless charging and an impressive price

IFA 2014: Nokia Lumia 830 arrives with PureView, wireless charging and an impressive priceThe Nokia Lumia 830 is the second of Microsoft's new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones to hit the ground this week, announced in conjunction with the Lumia 730 this morning.

It may not be a selfie lover's dream like the Lumia 730, but a strong set of features, good looks, a decent price and a top notch Pureview camera round the back could make the Lumia 830 a surprise hit in the months to come.

Microsoft has clearly noted the popularity of the entry-level Lumia 520, and looks to be trying something similar with the Lumia 830 in delivering a few key features for a price lower than you'd normally expect to see them on.

Design-wise there's a lot in common with the premium Lumia 930 and Lumia 1020. It has an aluminium body (though with an interchangeable polycarbonate rear), plus wireless charging is supported. There's also a PureView camera module on board – even if it is “just” a 10MP unit.

Under the surface, though, is more down-market fare: a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 720p display resolution on the large 5in screen.

The Nokia Lumia 830 will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 on board, but Microsoft will be topping that up with a separate Lumia Denim update later this year which is set to boost camera performance and deliver 4K video recording support.

It adds up to a well-made device with a top-notch camera considering its mid-range billing, which is ironic considering all the fuss being made over the less impressive Lumia 730's gimmicky 5MP selfie cam.

Microsoft has announced a price tag of €330 (£262), which is pre-taxes and subsidies. Consider just the PureView camera, the promise of Lumia Denim on top of WP8.1, and the overall design and build quality you'll clearly be getting (including the convenience of wireless charging), and the Lumia 830 looks to be something of a bargain.

Question is, will that be enough to gloss over some of its lesser qualities, such as the sub-1080p display resolution and middle-of-the-road processor?

We shouldn't have to wait too long for the answer, with the Nokia Lumia 830 set to go on sale globally this month.

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satchef1  Sep. 4, 2014 at 14:32

Weak GPU on the Snapdragon 400. Other than that it seems like a pretty decent handset. With the Lumia 930 sitting in the £30-£35/month bracket, the 830 is going to have to be very competitive in the UK to shift any decent numbers. Still, at the right price I'd buy one quite happily.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 16:16

I wonder how they achieved (um) the "superfast camera"?!? The Nokia Camera app struggles with the superior hardware of the 930 and 1520... this 830 is closer to the 630...

Maybe they should've just made the 930 cheaper?
Anyhoo... I'm skeptical! Actually: if this was all they make it out to be, it'd be an insult to people who bought the 930.

satchef1  Sep. 4, 2014 at 21:13

AFAIK, the "superfast camera" is an attribute of the Lumia Denim update.

JanSt / MOD  Sep. 4, 2014 at 23:18

They announced super speed for Cyan also....
In fairness: the MS native camera app has become faster.

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