Microsoft Devices, formerly known as Nokia’s phone division, is no slouch when it comes to its device lineup. Lately, it’s been focused on refining the top and bottom of its Lumia Windows Phone lineup, but the phone maker came to IFA in Berlin with a couple of devices to freshen up the middle of the pack. The company’s strategy: Bring the PureView brand, which has typically been associated with Nokia’s premium phones, to a more affordable price point on the Lumia 830. In fact, Microsoft bills the 830 as “the affordable flagship.” The device looks very similar to the Lumia 930 in that it comes with the aluminum frame and polycarbonate back. While it uses the PureView name, the rear camera’s 10MP resolution isn’t quite as good as the 930 or 1020, but it’s understandable given the lower price point. Still, the device will come with plenty of extra software enhancements to improve the experience. The device will ship with the Lumia Denim update, which is Microsoft Device’s specially-packaged version of Windows Phone 8.1.1 (Update 1). That refresh comes with a new version of Lumia Camera, which comes with faster shot-to-shot and pocket-to-picture times and several other enhancements to the imaging experience. One interesting feature in Lumia Camera is the ability to take a picture with flash and one without it; when editing the final image, it comes with a slider that lets you change how much light is showing up in the picture. In other words, if the flash was too bright but the image is too dark without the flash, you can now tweak the end result to somewhere in-between. The 830 will come in green, orange, grey and white and start shipping globally this month at 330 euro. Developing… Tags: ifa2014 , lumia , lumia830 , microsoft , mobilepostcross , nokia
Home / Tech News / Microsoft launches $433 Lumia 830 mid-range phone with 10MP PureView camera, will ship with Lumia Denim (Brad Molen/Engadget)
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