News by Luke Jones on Thursday September 04, 2014.
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Microsoft's IFA event happened this morning and the company had a couple of new Nokia Lumia handsets to reveal. The daddy of the pair is the Lumia 830, an affordable solution for those wanting to get the best from Nokia's fantastic PureView camera technology. This is the latest device from Microsoft since acquiring Nokia earlier in the year and proves how aggressively the company is targeting different price points.The remit of the Lumia 830 is quite clear, bring the PureView experience usually reserved for high end Nokia's or niche models to the masses, in an affordable and typically colorful package. The result is a pretty decent mid-range effort that has enough about it to be considered a fine addition to the mid-range of Windows Phone devices. It borrows heavily from the flagship Lumia 930, with the design more or less the same aside from the fact the 830 is slightly taller and narrower. The Lumia 830 even gets the aluminium frame that reveals itself at the edges, just like the 930, while Microsoft/Nokia continue to show just how high end polycarbonate plastic can feel and look when done right. The big talking point of the Lumia 830 is its camera, so that PureView lens is probably the best place to start. It does not have a huge resolution like the high end Lumia handsets, but the 10 megapixel lens is still very good and comes with software enhancements through Nokia's fantastic Camera app. The new version of app arrives in the Nokia specific Denim Windows Phone 8.1.1 update, bringing with it enhanced picture taking performance and several enhancements in the software, picture taking/editing process. An interesting new feature allows the user to take two images at once, the first with the flash and the second without, allowing the best shot to be chosen in the editing process. Aside from the camera, the Lumia 830 is a solid mid-range affair, getting a 5-inch 720p screen with Gorilla Glass 3 over the top, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and Nokia's apps such as HERE maps. Not the most blockbuster package maybe, but enough to cover the modest 330 Euro price tag that should hover around $400 should this come to the US.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at Glamorgan University before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news.