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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  • Alexvrb - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    It didn't, not even close. Entry level and mid-range are their best sellers. On the higher-end, the 9xx ad 1520 are more popular than the 1020. I wouldn't be surprised if there wasn't a huge rush to replace it, it's just not a massive priority. They will eventually, though, and with an even better camera I am sure. I heard they cross-licensed with Canon earlier this year too. Reply
  • Laxaa - Friday, September 5, 2014 - link

    I am hpoing they will. I had the 1020 for about two weeks(it was a Nokia test programme contest-thingy on Facebook where you could borrow the phone for two weeks) and while the camera was excellent, it really was too slow. Like a three second delay betwee shots. My next phone will probably be the 1030(or the HTC M9) and I hope it ships with some up to date silicon. Perhaps the Snapdragon 810? Reply
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Small typo: The new smartphones look like a nice mid-range device to fill the huge gap.

    I think you mean plural devices.

    Nice phones! The 830 should do well. I do think this highlights (among other recently released devices) a problem in lacking a good midrange SoC. S600 was never intended to be midrange, but the step from an S800/S801 is just huge. An actual midrange chip (A12?) can't come soon enough.
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  • Drumsticks - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Small brain fart: The A53 does exist. Still, isn't the A12 supposed to perform in between that and the A57? That would make what I'd consider a real midrange chip if so. Reply
  • DanNeely - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    With the caveat that the A12/A17 are only 32bit designs; yes they're ARMs current midrange designs, with ~40% more performance/clock than the A9. However the A12 paper launched last year and the A17 did the same this year; it seems that smartphone SoC makers are ignoring them; with A7/53 (soon) cores on race to the bottom chips and A15/57 on the high end. The middle seems to be fading away with unfortunate results like the underpowered quadcore in the 830 Reply
  • Drumsticks - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    And that's the sad part :( The A53 is nice, but a real midrange chip is needed. Laptops have everything from Atom to i3 to i5 to i7, but with phones, it feels like you can jump straight from an Atom to an i7 with everything in between also occupied by Atom. Reply
  • Penti - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    It's pretty awful that low-end SoC's finally get support from Qualcomm and Microsoft after the buyout. It does however do away with the need of other OS:s such as the Android fork. Let's see if they (budget devices such as S200-based 630) as well as these mid range devices actually makes a dent. Development has been painfully slow and it still seems the fans doesn't want much in terms of apps and functionality. Reply
  • Brett Howse - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    The 630 is Snapdragon 400 as well, it's the same SoC as the 730 and 830.

    The Lumia 530 is Snapdragon 200.
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  • Ryun - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Disappointing. I would have been okay with the snapdragon 400 if it came with the same camera sensor as the Lumia 930/1520. But Snapdragon 400 plus lower quality sensor plus $400 is a joke -- especially when you can get a 1520.3, unlocked, for $500. This needs to be $350 max.

    Also, FYI: http://www.nokia.com/global/products/phone/lumia83...
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  • Ryun - Thursday, September 4, 2014 - link

    Sorry. Meant this in reference to the 830. The 735 looks okay but I don't think I'd like not having the camera button or physical navigation buttons. Reply

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