Nokia is was next up after Samsung and Sony to announce its IFA entrants earlier on this week, and did so by launching the Lumia 730 and the Lumia 830.
After having a bit of a transitional period over the past year, Nokia needed to make a good case for itself at its launch event, and for now it’s looking like it’s been a success for the Microsoft owned company.
Nokia’s developed a bit of a love for the selfie with the Lumia 730, giving the handset a 5 megapixel front facing lens which makes for arguably some of the highest quality selfie snaps on any smartphone.
A 6.7 megapixel rear mounted lens also makes its way onto the Lumia 730, which despite its odd size provides great quality images, making the handset a real all-rounder on the camera front.
Behind the camera however, the Lumia 730 actually comes across as a mid-tier handset, rather than the high-end device that the camera suggests.
Boasting a quad-core 1.2GHz processor and Snapdragon 400 chipset, The Nokia mid-ranger runs surprisingly quickly. Making it a great option if you’re looking to save cash as well as grab yourself a decent phone.
Its display doesn’t let the phone down either, with a 4.7” ClearBlack HD screen making the cut on the 730.
Costing approximately £160 sim-free, the Lumia 730 will be available for purchase this month, with Nokia yet to nail down an official date.
The second Nokia handset to get unveiled during the event was the Lumia 830, Microsoft’s first take on an affordable phone with flagship specs, which looks like it could be promising if it goes to plan.
Packing a 5” 720p display, the Lumia 830 has the look of a flagship handset, especially with the professional aluminium trim surrounding the edge of the device much like the Lumia 930 which was released earlier this year.
In terms of specs the Lumia 830 sports 16GB storage, 1GB RAM and a Snapdragon 400 chipset, giving the handset a friendly feel to it whilst avoiding overly expensive components to help keep the cost down.
A 10 megapixel Pureview camera with Carl Zeiss optics tops off the spec sheet for the Lumia 830, accompanied by a 0.9 megapixel front camera.
Getting ready for a similar release date to the Lumia 730, the 830 will be slightly more expensive, costing approximately £260 sim-free.
Both devices are expected to sport the latest Windows software, Windows Phone 8.1, which of course boasts features like Cortana, Microsoft Office and Nokia MixRadio.
Written by Luke Hatfield