The Nokia/Microsoft Lumia 830 is set to land at the IFA trade show in Berlin in one week?s time and will be a mid-range effort that is likely to appeal to those in emerging markets. Of course, those looking to get on the Windows Phone platform anywhere in the world will be able to get the Lumia 830 at a relatively decent price. Today the smartphone has shown up next to what is arguably the daddy of the Lumia range, the 930.
We are the first here at MobileBurn to admit that the HTC One M8 has immediately become the best handset on the Windows Phone platform. The Taiwanese company's all metal device sports better specs than any other WP handset and arguably looks better too. However, we have been thinking that the stellar job that Nokia has done over the last couple of years has been drastically undercooked this week.
When the HTC One M8 launched on Windows Phone yesterday it caused a significant stir for all kinds of reasons. However, like other Windows devices, it was tied to one carrier, in this instance Verizon, with the general thought being that the M8 for WP was exclusive to the biggest carrier in the United States. However, it seems that is not entirely the case as Big Red?s big rival AT&T is also getting in on the act.
As was widely expected, HTC launched its One M8 flagship on the Windows Phone platform today, bringing one of Android's best smartphones to Microsoft's OS. The handset is available today running full Windows Phone 8.1 (Cortana and all), but is restricted to Verizon in the US for $99 on a two year contract and $600 off a plan.
The Nokia Lumia 520 has finally been treated to the latest version of Windows Phone, version 8.1 with Nokia's Cyan software on board. That is a fitting addition considering the 520 has done as much for Microsoft's (admittedly slow) mobile growth as any other smartphone.
We have been hearing plenty about Microsoft's latest Nokia Lumia device recently, the Lumia 730. The handset is a new budget device that is camera focused and set to appeal to the selfie crowd, although in the wider picture the smartphone is a replacement for the outgoing Lumia 720.
HTC is expanding its horizons later in the month by launching its HTC One M8 flagship on Microsoft's Windows Phone platform. At the moment the M8 is very much an Android device, one of the best in fact, but HTC sees a window of opportunity to jump on the growing Windows Phone OS.
Most of the big companies that attend the IFA trade show in Berlin have already sent their invites, such as HTC, Samsung, Huawei, and Sony. However, some are still missing, but another giant has thrown its considerable weight into the IFA mix as Microsoft has pencilled its press event for the week on September 4th.
Windows Phone's rise has been solid since Microsoft launched version 8 of the platform. Sure, in the face of Android and iOS the Windows Phone platform is still tiny and struggling to compete, but its market share has grown and the operating system itself has grown into a viable alternative to its juggernaut rivals.
While we have our doubts about the marketing merits of companies selling handsets as "selfie" phones, it seems that it is a going trend. Microsoft will jump on that particular bandwagon with a new device that has been rumoured for some time but has now shown up for the first time in a leaked image.