Here it is: the Nokia Lumia 830 PureView - shots, first impressions and specs
It's the most affordable way to get innovations like PureView imaging in your hands. That's what Nokia claims. Today Nokia/Microsoft Mobiles announces the Nokia Lumia 830, and since it's a PureView device, I'm proud to share some of the the first shots of this new Lumia here, together with just about all of its technical specifications. I know many of what you're about to read has leaked already by the way, so I'm not claiming to be first.
But I do respect my international sources and I do keep my promise - no publication until the official announcement. I'm not at the IFA in Berlin - couldn't make it, alas. But I did manage to get a few very nice shots from this new design, which feels remarkably light and looks a bit "stretched" if I may say. I'll share the shots together with the specs I got, but let me first tell you what I think is most important in the Lumia 830. As you can see, it comes in four colours - the same as the Lumia 930: black, white, green and orange.
Again, the black version doesn't have the silver colored aluminium casing. But that's not what interests you most I guess. First of all - it has a 10MP PureView sensor: not 20MP as many have guessed. So we can't be expecting any "zoom reinvented" marketing (which appears to be history anyway), but it does have OIS and that counts as "PureView" as well since the Lumia 920. Flash is LED - I wouldn't expect a Xenon flash in a device like this anyway. This might be a big disappointment to many, but there's a lot of stuff to like, too - and it's all about hardware.
Yes, you can remove the back side and yes, you can remove the battery! That has most certainly been a while and I really do welcome the return of this classic feature in the Lumia range.
Yes, it has a micro-SD slot to expand the standard 16GB of internal storage with up to 128GB. Yes, it has a Super Sensitive Screen, which means that - other than the Lumia Icon or 930 - it actually offers the Glance screen and since it appears to have this type of screen my guess is that you'll be able to "double-tap to wake" the device as well - both featiures were missed by some on the Lumia Icon and Lumia 930.
Update: I've learned how to activate the "double tap to wake" option in the Lumia 930 in the reactions (in Settings; Touch) But again - no, it doesn't have a 20MP camerasensor. Don't ask me why. To keep it more affordable? To keep the device as thin as it is? Probably.
Do I mind? Not really, to be honest: we have the Lumia 930 (Icon) and of course 1520 with a 20MP sensor already, so as far as that kind of imaging power is concerned we're "covered" so to say. I do understand the desire to be able to get this kind of quality in a cheaper device as much as I understand it's not there. I would have loved to welcome a Lumia with a 41MP sensor, but I've been writing earlier I didn't expect that at all this announcement - and it still would surprise me if we saw one next year.
I really do like the "stretched" design of the new Nokia Lumia 830 I must say - 139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm - and it feels really light with 150 grams. It will be pretty fast with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926 - the same running in the Lumia 630/635). It has 1GB of RAM and - wrote that already - 16GB of storage and a slot for micro-SD (up to 128GB). The display is a 5" HD LCD (1280 x 720) in 16:9 format and a pixel density of 296 ppi (pixel per inch).
The battery has a large capacity of 2200mAh. Qi wireless charging is integrated. Video is 1080p (30fps), and the Lumia 830 offers Nokia's famous Rich Recording with three HAAC microphoness with Surround Sound capture and Dolby Digital. Since it "only" has three mikes (instead of four) I don't see any "directional recording". I don't have any other information about the secondary camera except for HD 720p wide angle.
Let me conclude to say a FM Radio is included as well. I'm not sure about whether the Lumia 830 actually offers "double tap to wake" (but it looks like it) and I'm still waiting for information on the aperture value of the Lumia 830. I will write a new post with some more information later, based on the very interesting presentation by Chris Webber and Kristina Björknas just now. You can find a list of specifications at the bottom of this post, after a few shots I'd like to share as well.
LTE: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 (2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800) MHz
WCDMA: 1,2,5,8 (2100, 1900, 850, 900) MHz
GSM/EDGE: 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
LTE: 150/50 Mbps, Cat4
DC-HSPA: 42.2/5.76 Mbps, Cat24
Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926)
1.2 GHz quad-core processor
1 GB RAM
16 GB internal mass memory + Up to 128 GB MicroSD
(15 GB free OneDrive cloud storage)
5.0” HD LCD (1280×720, 16:9), 296 ppi,
Super Sensitive Touch,
Gorilla Glass 3,
Sunlight Readability Enhancements
Primary camera: 10 MP AF PureView, OIS,
1080p video @ 30 fps
Secondary camera: HD 720p wide angle
NFC, A-GPS+GLONASS, WLAN (2.4/5Ghz) a/b/g/n, μUSB, BT 4.0, DLNA,
Ambient Light Sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Proximity Sensor, Accelerometer, proximity magnetometer, ALS, gyroscope
Removable 2200 mAh battery
Integrated Qi wireless charging
Talk and standby time (estimates)
Talk time GSM: Up to 13.2 hours / Talk time 3G: Up to 14.6 hours
Video playback: Up to 6 hours / Music playback: Up to 78.5 hours
Standby time: Up to 20 days
3.5 mm AV connector (AHJ),
Nokia Rich Recording with 3 HAAC mics with Surround Sound capture and Dolby Digital,
Internet Radio, FM Radio
139.4 x 70.7 x 8.5 mm / 150 g / 84.4 cc
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