Nokia made a bunch of announcements at the IFA 2014 trade show in Berlin today. The Microsoft-owned company announced three new Lumia smartphones (the 830, 730 and 735), accessories, and software updates.
Marketed as “the affordable flagship”, the Lumia 830 is Nokia’s thinnest (8.5mm) and lightest (150g) Lumia to date. It has a five inch IPS LCD display (720 x 1280), is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, includes integrated wireless charging, and comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage – which can be expanded via microSD.
The Lumia 830 also features a 10MP PureView camera with ZEISS optics, Rich Recording, and the thinnest Optical Image Stabilization system that Nokia says it has ever crammed into a Lumia smartphone.
In terms of design, the 830 has the same familiar styling that we have come to expect from Lumia devices. The casing is made from a combination of polycarbonate and metal, and it comes in four different colours: bright orange, bright green, white, and black.
Nokia says the 830 is expected to roll out worldwide in September, with an estimated retail price of €330 – which is around $425.
Lumia 730 & 735
Nokia is marketing the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 as the “ultimate selfie and Skype phones”. They both come preloaded with a brand-new Lumia Selfie app, and a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription (selected markets only).
Both devices have 4.7-inch OLED displays (720×1280), are powered by 1.2GHz Snapdragon quad-core processors, feature 6.7MP rear-facing cameras and 5MP front-facing cameras, and come with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage – which can be expanded via microSD.
In addition, the 735 has 4G/LTE connectivity and built-in wireless charging, while the 730 is a dual SIM phone.
The 730 and 735 come in three colours: bright orange, dark grey, and white. Nokia says both models will start shipping in September. The 4G/LTE version has an estimated price of €219 (around $285), while the 3G Dual SIM version has an estimated price of €199 (around $255).
Nokia also unveiled some new accessories today. They include: a wireless display adapter that allows you beam content from your mobile device to your TV via Bluetooth or NFC, a second generation wireless charging plate that glows when your device receives calls and other notifications, and a wireless charging flip shell for the new Lumia 830.
Finally, Nokia announced that it will be rolling out its latest Lumia software update, Denim, to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones this year.
The update combines exclusive Lumia experiences with new features from the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update 1. Those features include: Live Folders organization, Apps Corner customization, SMS merge and forwarding, and the ability to customize the snooze time of the Alarm app. Select Lumia devices will also benefit from a faster and more intuitive Camera App, and “Hey Cortana” voice activation – allowing you to access the digital assistant hands-free.
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