The Lumia 830, Microsoft's next Windows Phone device, is expected to hit stores around the world this week. The handset comes with an off-contract price of 330 Euros ($415.71) and will most probably be available first in countries under the European Union (EU).
Microsoft is positioning the Lumia 830 as an affordable flagship device. The handset certainly possess the features to be considered a flagship phone, but Microsoft is banking that its budget-friendly pricing will help the device differentiate itself from other smartphone offerings.
Price-wise, Lumia 830 definitely has an advantage, at least when compared with other devices of similar range. Most flagship devices available today hover around the $600 plateau. Coming in at about $400, the Lumia 830 surely trumps other devices, and will likely appeal to customers looking for a less expensive phone deal.
Those who do buy Lumia 830 can expect some interesting features. The handset is equipped with a 5-inch ClearBlack 720p resolution display screen (with 296 pixels per inch). The device's 10-megapixel backlit camera utilizes Nokia's PureView technology as well as optical image stabilization and Carl Zeiss optics with a wide f/2.2 aperture.
With regards to its hardware, the Lumia 830 sports a modest 1.2 GigaHertz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. Users will have to make do with only 16 gigabytes of internal memory and 1 gigabyte of random access memory. However, they can expand the memory by way of a microSD card. Bundled with the deal is a 15-gigabyte OneDrive cloud storage inclusion from Microsoft. The OneDrive cloud can also be used to store Word, Excel, and PowerPoint documents that are created or edited with the use of the Lumia 830 (Microsoft Office is pre-installed in the device).
Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi, and near field communications (NFC) capability. The smartphone's integrated LTE radio can support uploads of up to 50 Mbps with downloads capable of 150 Mbps. As for selfie and short-video fans, they can download Instagram, Vimeo, or Vine into the Lumia 830 from the Windows Phone Store.
Still, with the solid Windows Phone software, users can still optimize the Lumia 830's specs. Microsoft's mobile operating system, after all, has quite a reputation for running smoothly despite using not-so-impressive hardware components. On top of that, the Snapdragon 400 chip is fairly power-efficient, having been rated at 14 hours when used for Internet browsing using Wi-Fi.
It has already been confirmed that the Lumia 830 will be carried by AT&T. No release dates have been made public yet, but the device is widely expected to hit store shelves sometime in November of this year.
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