The new Lumia 830 smartphone, announced just before the IFA tech show began last week, will be sold by AT&T in the near future. The network currently has three Windows Phone devices in its range, the Lumia 635, Lumia 1020, and the big Lumia 1520. Adding in the mid-range Lumia 830 will round out the collection well.
We had the chance to get some hands-on time with the Lumia 830 at Microsoft’s private launch event, and were suitably impressed with the phone, questioning whether it was worth spending anything more to put a higher spec Windows Phone device in our pocket. The Lumia 830 has a metal chassis, a removable battery, a MicroSD card slot, 4G LTE, and a big, colorful display.
It’s not the most powerful phone, but the Snapdragon 400 quad-core chip with 1GB of RAM can hardly be described as slow, while the 10-megapixel camera also boasts optical image stabilization and a Carl Zeiss lens. The screen measures 5-inches, and has a 720p resolution. It’s comfortable to hold, slim at 8.5mm, and lightweight at 150 grams. Windows Phone 8.1 with the new Lumia Denim software package will come installed on the phone, along with several new camera-specific apps, and all the tweaks seen in Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.
AT&T’s announcement is a little premature, because it hasn’t provided any information on the Lumia 830’s price, or its final release date. Microsoft stated both the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 735 would go on sale before the end of September, so the wait shouldn’t be too long, and the price in euros hinted at a contract-free $435 cost.