Nokia/Microsoft has launched 2 new Lumia smartphones in Malaysia, the Lumia 830 and Lumie 735. Both of them are running Windows Phone 8.1 with the newest Lumia Denim update, which is not available for all other Lumias yet. Both of them are great mid range phone if you are looking for some fresh options other than Android or iOS phones. Both of them will be available starting one 3rd of October 2014.
Lumia 830 is dubbed as “the affordable flagship”. It can be considered a watered down version of current flagship, Lumia 930 as the looks are quite identical. The frame is made of aluminium and the back of the phone is made of polycarbonate. The most worth noting feature will be the 10MP PureView camera with Zeiss optics, which takes a comparatively large part of the back. Like Lumia 1020, it has an “oreo” protruding slight out of the back, just that it is much smaller.
PureView camera is the combination of the best technology from Nokia. It is equipped with optical image stabilization and the Zeiss optics which is found in more high end device like Lumia 930 and Lumia 1020. I would expect the camera to be able to capture high quality photos and low light photography should not be an issue. It is able to take 1080p videos at 30fps too. The front facing camera is a 0.9MP wide angle shooter, which is a little low for selfie lovers.
Other than the camera, Lumia 830 still have other appealing features. It is the thinnest Lumia phone ever made. The 8.5mm thick body weighs only 150g. In front of the device houses the 5″ 720p IPS with pixel density of 296 ppi. ClearBlack technology is included to improve sunlight readability and the display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Lumia 830 is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor. I do not fancy the choice of processor too much as this is the same processor found in budget devices such as Lumia 63o. This processor is sufficient to run Windows Phone smoothly but who does not love more processing power in more expensive devices? Luckily, it has 1GB of RAM so it would be able to run more apps than the devices with 512MB of RAM.
The internal storage is 16GB and you can expand it by up to 128GB of MicroSD card. The battery capacity is 2200mAh and it is replaceable. Qi wireless charging is built in and no external case is needed. LTE is supported in Lumia 830. Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n and GPS are all included too. The phone is full of feature too. Other than the standard Motion Data sensor, Flip to Silence, Double Tap to Wake and others, Lumia 830 supports Glance screen too. Glance screen is useful for users to check for notifications and time without waking up the device itself.
Lumia 830 is priced at RM1,399 (USD 430) and it comes in orange, green, white and black. Like most of the Lumias, you have the choice to swap the back covers later. You will get free 15GB of OneDrive cloud storage too. You can learn more about Lumia 830 here.
While Lumia 830 is getting most of the attention, Lumia 735 is also a good phone to be considered. Its selling point is its camera too, but its the 5MP front facing camera that stands out of the crowd. Microsoft calls it the “selfie phone” and it has the highest front camera pixel count among all Windows Phone. However, I have to admit that 5MP front facing camera is pretty common for Android phones in the market.
Luckily, the front facing camera is not the only attraction for Lumia 735. Lumia 735 is made of colourful polycarbonate back which is swappable. The internals are very similar to Lumia 830. It has the very same 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. Lumia 735 is one of the cheapest Windows Phone with 1GB of RAM in the market right now. It has a marginally larger 2,220mAh battery and it also has built in Qi Wireless charging. The internal storage is only 8GB but like Lumia 830, it can support up to 128GB of microSD card expansion. The display is a smaller 4.7″ OLED 1280×720 display covered by Gorilla Glass 3. The smaller display size and the same pixel count contribute to a higher pixel density at 316ppi.
Of course, Lumia 735 does not have the 10MP PureView camera. It has the 6.7MP with ZEISS optics. The large f/1.9 aperture is carried over from Lumia 720 so this phone should performed exceptional well in low light as the large aperture allows more light to reach the sensor. Again, the 5MP front facing shooter promises great photos for selfie lovers.
Back in IFA 2014, Lumia 735 was launched along another variant, Lumia 730 Dual Sim. Both of them are actually the same phone but they differ in connectivity options. As the name suggests, Lumia 730 Dual Sim supports dual sim dual standby while Lumia 735 supports 4G LTE. In Malaysia, we are getting the LTE enabled Lumia 735 only. Like the Lumia 830, Lumia 735 comes in black, white, orange and green. It has the recommended retail price of RM999 (USD310). You can learn more about Lumia 735 here.
Both phones are a great step over their predecessor. While Lumia 820 is uninspiring, I can see the reason why Lumia 830 is called the “affordable flagship”. While I hope that it could have more processing power, the Snapdragon 400 should be able to provide fluid experience for Windows Phone. However, I am very satisfied with other parts of the phone, including the internals and the externals. The camera on Lumia 835 should be unrivalled for devices at that price and I like the fun colour and the aluminium frame of the phone.
The price of Lumia 735 might be a little high but it can be forgiven due to both of its excellent camera on each side of the phone. Lumia 720 was a popular phone in Malaysia last year but people are complaining it about the limited 512MB of RAM. This year, Microsoft has added in 1GB of RAM along with LTE support, Qi Wireless Charging and the much better front facing camera. The package is quite attractive for a mid range phone.
Lumia 830 and Lumia 735 are both interesting devices for Windows Phone fans like me. However, most people are not fans for Windows Phone like me. I think if the price for both of them can be lowered by a little bit more, it would stand a good chance against the pool of Android contenders. Without correct marketing, I am afraid that these 2 phones will be swallowed by the congested market again, like for the other Windows Phone. Probably Microsoft needs to find a way to let people know more about the greatness of Windows Phone.