Today in Berlin Microsoft announced two new midrange Windows Phones, as well as several accessories to compliment the Windows Phone ecosystem. We now have the rest of the phones to fill out the Lumia lineup with the Lumia 730/735 and Lumia 830 announced today. As well, there is a new wireless charger to match this year’s Lumia color lineup, and a Miracast enabled screen sharing device to allow the broadcast of your phone (or anything Miracast compatible) onto a television.

 

First up are the 4.7” Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 models which are “built for Skype calls and selfies” as described by Microsoft. These devices integrate a wide-angle 5 megapixel front facing camera with a f/2.4 aperature which is the feature point of this midrange phone. The internals are similar to the Lumia 630/635, with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926 is listed for both devices but the 730 is likely MSM8226 due to the lack of LTE) and a bump in memory over the less expensive cousins with 1 GB in these new models. Storage is 8 GB internal memory, with support for 128 GB microSD cards. The display is a 1280x720 AMOLED for 316 PPI, and has a curved glass on the front in addition to ClearBlack, SuperSensitive Touch, High Brightness Mode, and Sunlight readability enhancements. The rear camera also looks to be good for a mid-range phone, with a 6.7 megapixel sensor with Zeiss optics and a f/1.9 aperature as well as LED flash. NFC is included, as well as optional Qi wireless charging of the 2220 mAh removable battery via an exchangeable shell. To round out the experience, a new Lumia app has been created just for this model – Lumia Selfie.

The final phone to fill out the Lumia line is the Lumia 830. This device bumps up to a 5” display, but keeps the same resolution as the 73x models at 1280x720 as well as the curved glass. The SoC also stays the same, with the 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926) and 1 GB of memory, but the storage is bumped up to 16 GB internal NAND as well as up to 128 GB extra storage from microSD. The rear camera gets a spec bump up to a PureView 10 megapixel model with Zeiss optics, Rich Recording (3 HAAC microphones for up to Doiby 5.1 audio recording), and Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) which has been tweaked for the 830 with Microsoft claiming it to be the thinnest OIS of any Lumia phone to date. The Lumia 830 can also charge its removable 2200 mAh battery with Qi wireless charging. NFC is not listed, but due to the accessories coming up it seems likely it is included.

New Lumia Lineup
  Nokia Lumia 730 Nokia Lumia 735 Nokia Lumia 830
CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
MSM8226 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
MSM8926 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
MSM8926 1.2 GHz Cortex A7 quad-core
RAM/NAND 1 GB / 8 GB + MicroSD 1 GB / 8 GB + MicroSD 1 GB / 16 GB + MicroSD
Display 4.7" 1280x720 OLED 4.7" 1280x720 OLED 5.0" 1280x720
Network GSM/WCDMA/HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps GSM/WCDMA/DC-HSPA/LTE up to 150 Mbps GSM/WCDMA/DC-HSPA/LTE up to 150 Mbps
Dimensions 134.7 x 68.5 x 8.7 (mm) 134.7 x 68.5 x 8.9 (mm) 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 (mm)
Weight 133 g 134.3 g 150 g
Camera 6.7 MP rear camera, Zeiss Optics, f/1.9, LED Flash, 5 MP f/2.4 FFC 6.7 MP rear camera, Zeiss Optics, f/1.9, LED Flash, 5 MP f/2.4 FFC 10 MP rear camera, Zeiss Optics, OIS, LED Flash, FFC, 5.1 Dolby Digital HAAC audio
Battery 2220 mAh removable 2220 mAh removable 2200 mAh removable
Current Shipping OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim Firmware
Connectivity 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0 LE, NFC, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, FM Radio 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0 LE, NFC, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, FM Radio 802.11 a/b/g/n + BT 4.0 LE, USB2.0, MPT, DLNA, FM Radio
SIM Dual SIM Single SIM Single SIM

All of the phones announced today will ship with Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim firmware update which brings some big features to the camera functions. The new firmware will allow for a new version of Lumia Camera (formerly Nokia Camera) and add a series of enhancements over what is currently offered. The new Lumia Camera improves camera startup and capture speeds, with Microsoft claiming only milliseconds between shots. 4K video recording is now available, with a long press of the camera button within the camera app. 4K video will be at 24 frames per second, and any single frame can be selected and saved as an image. Rich Capture adds the HDR mode that has been missing since, well, forever in Lumia Camera, and includes auto HDR and Dynamic Flash which lets you edit the photos after the fact to perfect an image. Finally, updated low-light algorithms improve the already impressive performance of PureView cameras in dim scenarios.

The updated Lumia Camera app will come to the Lumia 830 in Q4 2014, and to the Lumia Icon, 930, and 1520 as part of the Denim firmware update following partner testing and approvals (read carriers).

 

In addition, two accessories were revealed today. First, there is a new Wireless Charging Plate. The charging plate connects to the phone over Bluetooth which allows the plate to give status updates for the phone, and will even alert you if the phone needs to be charged. The charging plate will perform a “breathing” light to invite you to charge your phone if the device paired to it has 30% or lower battery. In addition, the charging plate will give two blinks to display notifications such as a missed call or SMS message. While charging, the plate will show a continuous light, and if there is a charging error, it will continually blink until the issue is addressed. The Nokia Wireless Charging Plate is available in green, orange, or white to match the 2014 Lumia colors. Pricing is expected to be $59 USD and EUR 59, with availability in October.

The final accessory is the long named Microsoft Screen Sharing For Lumia Phones HD-10. This Miracast receiver allows you to beam your smartphone display and audio to any HDMI TV or monitor. The HD-10 is NFC enabled, allowing easy pairing by just tapping a phone on the NFC disc, which is removable as well so the disc can be kept away from the receiver. Being Miracast, the device is compatible with any Wi-Fi certified Miracast product. Availability is September with a MSRP of $79 USD and EUR 79.

The new smartphones look like nice mid-range devices to fill the huge gap that exists between the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 930. Pricing was not available, which will be the key to where these fit in the market, but there again is a large gap between the Lumia 630/635 which is already available for $99 or so, and the Lumia 930 which is closer to $600. The bump to 1 GB of RAM and the display resolution increase are the most important additions to these devices to pull them away from the low end 630. Both the 730 and 830 have decent looking cameras, with the 830 even being added to the PureView stable now with OIS to back the 10 megapixel sensor.

The charging plate looks quite interesting, and having it pair with the phone via Bluetooth is a nice trick. The Miracast receiver is the one thing that Miracast needed more than anything, assuming it works well and is as easy to use as indicated. The inclusion of NFC should assist for smartphone users at least for initial setup.

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  • Laxaa - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    The 930 is really cheap on contract here as well. Just $35 with a 12 month contract($80 a month, though) Reply
  • Wolfpup - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Yeah, it's well worth remembering that Windows Phone doesn't need half the hardware that Android needs to run as well or better. (Nearly) FULL Windows runs very well on hardware that is almost unusable with Android (like Tegra 3). Reply
  • jimbo2779 - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    I use WP 925 and had an 800 before that so I am aware of how well it runs on lesser hardware but a faster SoC will allow games to load and run faster, switch between apps faster and generally run everything not entirely baked into the OS that much faster.

    On my 925 my camera is slow as ass to open up sometimes (granted not all the time but sometimes it can take far longer than you would expect), webpages can be slow to navigate through when lots of media or JS is on it and apps in general can take an age to load.

    A faster SoC would negate or improve on all of these so the experience isn't just dependant on how smooth the OS is but how well the hardware can handle the apps that you run on the phone.

    I still enjoy my WP phones but not having an SD slot on the 930 made it a no-go for me and there doesn't seem to be a normal sized phone that has a decent SoC, great camera and SD slot for WP.
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  • Alexvrb - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    The new Lumia Camera is supposed to greatly improve camera performance on supported models. I'm very interested in seeing how it does with HDR enabled. I'd really like something with good OIS and solid low-light performance for my next device. I'm not as obsessed with SoC benchmarks myself and even my old dual core Krait runs everything just fine.

    I also agree on Windows (even outside of WP) running well on weaker hardware. I've seen my dad's Surface with a lowly Tegra 3 whip the snot out of my brother's Nexus 7 with the same Tegra 3 - especially at multitasking. Although the latest Android builds are much better than they used to be, it's very evident how much effort MS is spending on making Windows efficient these days. I only hope they continue to do so for the foreseeable future.
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  • flyingpants1 - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

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    Reply
  • euskalzabe - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    The 830 looks pretty great for around $400. I just cracked my 920's digitizer (though it's still perfectly usable, just annoying) and was hoping to upgrade to a new handset. However, for the price, while it's fine, it doesn't seem as good a value as getting another 920 since you can now get it for around $200. The 920 has a better CPU and screen while the 830 is thinner and lighter... used to the 920 as I am, I think I'd rather spend half the money to get a phone that's just as good as the 830. Reply
  • MrSpadge - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Still no word on a successor to the Lumia 1020 with a decent SoC with Snapdragon 800+ performance :/ Reply
  • Laxaa - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    According to Tom Warren at The Verge, the 1020 successor will launch in spring to accomodate the Windows Phone Treshold launch. Reply
  • jimbo2779 - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Spring is a whole generation away, that would be a terrible idea if they waited that long. Reply
  • Laxaa - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    The 1020 is a pretty niche device though. I can't imagine it sold as much as the other devices. Reply

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