With IFA 2014 nearing to a close, we musn’t forget about the releases Microsoft made at the event. Microsoft finally unveiled two brand new mid range Windows Phone known as the Lumia 730/735 and Lumia 830.
The Lumia 730/735 sports a 4.7 inch 1280 x 720p OLED display and are boasted to be built for Skype video chats and selfies. This description by Microsoft came mainly due to the wide angled 5 megapixel front shooter equipped with the f/2.4 aperature the phone features. Running on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core processor, the Lumia 730/735 features 1 GB of memory and 8 GB internal memory which is expandable via MicroSD.
The Lumia 730/735 weigh about 134 g and feature a 6.7 megapixel rear camera that is equipped with Zeiss Optics and LED flash. Both are powered by a 2220 mAh removable battery and will be shipped with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 and Denim Firmware. Connectivity wise, the Lumia 730/735 has Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, USB 2.0, MPT, DLNA and FM radio.
The main difference between the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 is the network abilities. The Nokia Lumia 730 is equipped with GSM/WCDMA/HSPA+ and up to 21 Mbps network speed. The Lumia 735 on the other hand, trumps this with GSM/WCDMA/DC-HSPA/LTE which is up to 150 Mbps. Other than that, the Lumia 730 has dual SIM support where as the 735 is a single SIM headset. Due to the minute differences between the two, the 730 and 735 were covered together.
The Nokia Lumia 830 was the other smartphone that was launched by the tech tycoon in Berlin. The device also runs on Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with MSM8926 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core. However, on top of the 1 GB RAM, the gadget has 16 GB internal memory with a MicroSD slot. The Lumia 830 is bigger than the 730/735 as it sports a 5 inch 720p display.
Network wise it follows the route of the Lumia 735 and has GSM/WCDMA/DC-HSPA/LTE up to 150 Mbps. It weighs a little heavier at 150g but is powered by a similar 2200 mAh removable battery and will be shipped with Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware. The connectivity capabilities are the same as well. The single SIM Lumia 830 however, has a better camera. It features a 10 megapixel main back camera equipped with Zeiss Optics, optical image stabilizer and LED flash as well as FFC and 5.1 HAAC audio.
With the Lumia Denim firmware update, the headsets are featuring a new version of Lumia Camera with improved camera startup and capture speeds. 4K video recording is available as well. 4K video will be at 24 frames per second, and any single frame can be selected and saved as an image. Another enhancement with the new smartphones is the Rich Capture which adds the HDR mode and includes auto HDR and Dynamic Flash which lets you edit the photos after the fact to perfect an image. Lastly, the phones have updated low-light algorithms improve the already impressive performance of PureView cameras in dim scenarios.
The Lumia additions seem to be good mid range devices that are meant to fill the gap between the Lumia 630 and Lumia 930. Pricing was not given during the press event by Microsoft at IFA 2014. Once we get a price figure, we’ll be sure to let you know!