Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Microsoft launches Lumia 730, 830 and 930 in India

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Microsoft had a press conference in Delhi today. The company announced three devices in the event, ahead of Diwali which sees a boom in the sales of electronics. In the press event today, Microsoft launched selfie phone aka, Lumia 730, budget flagship phone aka, Lumia 830 and the Lumia 930 (International Version of Lumia Icon). All the three phones are priced under three different price points but personally I feel both the Lumia 930 and the Lumia 830 are a bit overpriced. Considering the Lumia 730, it is aggressively priced for Indian consumers. Let's head below to take a glance at all the devices.

Lumia 930:

The Lumia 930 features a 5-inch touchscreen with Full HD. That's a 1920 x 1080 OLED ClearBlack display with an eye-pleasing 441 pixels-per-inch. This is protected with by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, so it's resistant to daily scuffs and scratches.
The Lumia 930 has powerful internal specs. There's a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. Unfortunately, there's no expandable memory card support, but 32GB internal storage and cloud storage on OneDrive should take care of the missing slot.
As a flagship, the Lumia 930 also packs a punch in the imaging department. At the back, you have 20MP PureView camera with optical image stabilization (OIS) and ZEISS optics. On the front, you have a high-definition 1.2 MP wide-angle camera for selfies and video calls. In India, the Lumia 930 will be available in bright orange, black and white starting from October 15 at a price of ₹38,649 ($630).

Lumia 830:

Lumia 830 is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM, the device packs in 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. The Lumia 830 boasts of a beautiful 5-inch 720p (1280 x 720) IPS ClearBlack display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It also features a slight curve to help feel improve the overall feel while holding the device.
Of course, the highlight of the phone is its PureView camera. The 10-megapixel rear camera with ZEISS optics packs in optical image stabilization and allows video recording at 1080p 30 fps. There's also rich recording with three microphones, similar to high-end flagships like the Lumia 930 or the Lumia 1520.
It features a better resolution display, improved processor, and a vastly better camera. The 830 also includes integrated wireless charging. The design of the Lumia 830 is similar to that of the Lumia 930, but it is thinner and lighter. The back shell is removable, and swappable, and it houses a 2220 mAh battery.
In India, the Lumia 830 will be available in orange, white, and black colors at an MRP of ₹28,799 starting from October 8.

Lumia 730:

The Lumia 730 features a 4.7-inch 720p (1280 x 720) OLED ClearBlack display. Powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1 GB of RAM, the device packs in 8 GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB using a microSD card. The phone features a removable battery, and changeable shells.
The rear camera is a 6.7 MP shooter with ZEISS optics and includes LED flash. The front camera, incidentally, is one of the best front-facing cameras on any smartphone (yes, call it a selfie phone) – a full HD 5 MP wide angle camera.
In India, the Lumia 730 will be available in orange, green, white, and dark grey colors at an MRP of ₹15,299 (US$250) starting from October 6. 

Now after the specs roundup comes the best part from the customer's point of view. Its the introductory offers part. Microsoft also introduced some offers with these devices. Head below to check them out.
Lumia 930: 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage available free for first 6 months, and chargeable thereafter at a minimal ₹125 per month.
Lumia 830: The online store Snapdeal.com will offer minimum ₹6,000 off for consumers shopping through the Snapdeal app on Windows Phone. Consumers will get a minimum discount of ₹1,000 per month on a minimum transaction of ₹2,100 on fashion and home d├ęcor items. Also, BoxTV will offer a free 60-day subscription to the Lumia 830 customers. There's also 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage available free for first 6 months, and chargeable thereafter at a minimal ₹125 per month.
Interestingly, apart from Snapdeal and BoxTV apps, Flipboard comes preloaded on the Lumia 830, which might explain their rush to publish an early, unfinished release.
Lumia 730: 1TB of OneDrive cloud storage available free for first 6 months, and chargeable thereafter at a minimal ₹125 per month.

So, finally words are these devices are undoubtedly great and launched at a perfect time of festival season in India. But there are people who were expecting Lumia 830 and Lumia 930 a couple of grand less. Still, I'm sure many will be tempted to pick one up. What are your thoughts on the devices and the pricing?

Pic Credits: Abhishek Baxi (Instagram)

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