Microsoft unveils the Lumia 730, Lumia 735 and Lumia 830

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The 3rd quarter of 2014 has shaped up to the busiest period in the four year history of Windows Phone. The infusion of 40 new devices and a total of 20 OEMs is the catalyst that Microsoft hopes will jump-start its mobile platform to improved market share.

Microsoft Mobile OY (formerly Nokia), has already released 4 devices this year, the Lumia 530 (MSRP $115), Lumia 630 (MSRP $175), Lumia 635 (MSRP $189), and the Lumia 930 (MSRP $599). These four devices cover the ultra-low price range (smartphones under $150), low price range ($150-$250) and high price range (devices above $500).

The Lumia 730 and Lumia 830 announced today at the IFA Show in Berlin, filling in the gap of the mid-tier smartphones. The 730, aimed to replace the Lumia 720 (released in Q2 2013), while the 830 is long overdue replacement for the Lumia 820 (released in Q3 2012). Recognizing the popularity of these two devices, the Lumia 720 and Lumia 820 are 8th and 7th (respectively) on the Top 10 Windows Phone devices by sales, Microsoft has upped the ante of features in each device while dropping the price.

Lumia 730

The defining feature of the Lumia 730, dubbed the Selfie Phone, is its  5MP front facing lens.. Paired with a new Selfie app. the 730 enables users to take high quality selfies. The Lumia 730 is a 3G only dual sim enabled, while the 735 is 4G LTE enabled. Both devices will be available in orange, black, white, and green and will be priced at KES 26,000 for the Lumia 735 while the Lumia 730 is priced at KES 23000 (before taxes). Both devices will be available globally this month.

 

Lumia 730 / Lumia 735 Lumia 720
PRICE  KES 23000         / KES 26000 (before taxes)  KES 28000
DESIGN
OS Windows Phone 8.1.1 Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions 134.7x 68.5 x 8.7 mm 127.9 x 67.5 x 9 mm
Weight 133 g 128 g
Body material Polycaborante Polycarbonate
HARDWARE
System chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227
Processor Quad core 1.2 GHZ Dual core, 1000 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor Adreno 330 Adreno 305
System memory 1024 MB RAM 512 MB RAM
Built-in storage 8 GB 8 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
DISPLAY
Physical size 4.7 inches 4.3 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 480 x 800 pixels
Pixel density 316 ppi 217 ppi
Technology OLED IPS LCD
Colors 16 777 216 16 777 216
Touchscreen Multi-touch Multi-touch
Features Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
CAMERA
Camera 6.7 megapixels 6.7 megapixels
Flash LED LED
Aperture size F1.9 F1.9
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 26 mm 26 mm
Camera sensor size 1/3.4″ 1/3.4″
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Macro mode, Night mode
Camcorder 1920×1080 (1080HD) (30FPS) 1280×720 (720p HD) (30 fps)
Features Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Front-facing camera 5 megapixels 1.3 megapixels
24 mm Wide Angle
BATTERY
Capacity 2200 mAh 2000 mAh
User replaceable Yes Optional (with Case)
Wireless charging n/a n/a
Talk time (3G) 17 hours 23.40 hours
Stand-by time (3G) 25 days (600 hours) 21.7 days (520 hours)

Lumia 830

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Microsoft calls the Lumia 830 the affordable flagship, and its specs show that this is not a baseless claim. Aggressively priced at KES 38000 (before taxes), the specs on this device are better than the Lumia 925. It is styled like the Lumia 930 with an aluminium frame and coloured backs. Unlike the 930 though, the 830 now has user replaceable batteries and swappable back covers. It is also thinner and lighter than the Lumia 930. It has a 1.2 GHz  Quadcore processor and 16GB on-board memory expandable to 128GB with a MicroSD card.

The Nokia Lumia 830 will also brun on the next version of Lumia Firmware, dubbed “Denim”. The 10MP camera in the 830 introduces innovative new imaging features called Dynamic Flash (which takes two images one with flash and one without, then allows the user to adjust the flash effect post capture) and Rich Capture which brings HDR to the Lumia platform. The camera of the Lumia 830 is can also capture 4K video as well as pull stills from the video frames. The Lumia 83 will be available this month in orange, white, black and green.

I firmly believe that this device will quickly become on the best selling Lumia devices.

Lumia 830 Lumia 930
PRICE KES 38000 (before taxes) KES 60,500
DESIGN
OS Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim UI Windows Phone 8.1
Dimensions 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm 137 x 71 x 9.8 mm
Weight 150 g) 167 g
Body material Polycaborante Polycarbonate
HARDWARE
System chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AA
Processor Quad core 1.2 GHZ Quad core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Graphics processor Adreno 305 Adreno 330
System memory 1024 MB RAM 2048 MB RAM
Built-in storage 16 GB 32 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB n/a
DISPLAY
Physical size 5.0 inches 5.0 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 1080 x 1920 pixels
Pixel density 294 ppi 441 ppi
Technology IPS LCD AMOLED
Colors 16 777 216 16 777 216
Touchscreen Multi-touch Multi-touch
Features Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
CAMERA
Camera 10 megapixels 20 megapixels
Flash LED Dual LED
Aperture size F2.2 F2.4
Focal length (35mm equivalent) 26 mm 26 mm
Camera sensor size 1/3.4″ 1/2.5″
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes, Effects Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Optical image stabilization, Face detection, Smile detection, ISO control, White balance presets, Burst mode, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama, Night mode, Scenes
Camcorder 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing, Dynamic Flash, Rich Capture Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera 0.9 megapixels 1.2 megapixels
BATTERY
Capacity 2200 mAh 2420 mAh
User replaceable Yes No
Wireless charging Yes Yes
Talk time (3G) 14.80 hours 15.50 hours
Stand-by time (3G) 22.0 days (528 hours) 23.0 days (552 hours)
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