It’s been an action-packed day in Berlin where we announced stunning new devices, gear and Lumia updates.
Lumia 830: the ultra-slim and innovation packed affordable flagship
Kicking off proceedings is our thinnest (8.5mm) and lightest (150g) Lumia, the Lumia 830.
The Lumia 830 packs in all the flagship innovations like PureView, integrated wireless charging and SensorCore, in an ultra-sleek design and price.
The Lumia 830 boasts serious photographic prowess; a 10-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, Rich Recording, and the thinnest Optical Image Stabilization system we’ve ever crammed into a Lumia smartphone.
Taking images and editing your shots will also get a boost with the over-the-air update of Lumia Camera that introduces a quicker camera start-up time and shooting speeds, and adds new features such as Rich Capture and Moment Capture, which make it quicker and easier to snap, edit and share your life with amazing quality pictures.
This premium polycarbonate and metal Lumia has a five-inch ClearBlack display with Curved Gorilla 3.0 glass, and runs a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 16GB of memory, which is expandable by 128GB via microSD.
And, of course, you get the best of Microsoft with pre-loaded Microsoft Office, Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim and15GB of OneDrive storage.
Read the full announcement here.
Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735: Selfie and Skype masters
For those who love to connect and share with their front facing camera (selfies are a way of life, and Skype is the only way to call), meet the socially connected Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735.
These quad-core smartphones boast a stunning sleek design and are also imaging masters. The 5MP front-facing camera boasts a focal length of 24mm that, put simply, means its wide-angle lens will capture more in the frame – more people, more background, more fun — whether that’s on the town with friends or making Skype calls with family.
You can make unique creations with the new Lumia Selfie app, which comes pre-loaded. Selected markets will also be able to take advantage of a free three-month Skype Unlimited World subscription.
What’s more, Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735 come with two microphones and clever Lumia voice processing to capture clear audio, doing away with unwanted background noise.
Everything is powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processor and its 4.7-inch OLED display has an-almost 180-degree viewing angle that works great in bright sunlight.
There’s 15GB of free OneDrive storage to supplement the 8GB of on-board memory, which can be bolstered with a 128GB microSD card.
A 6.7-megapixel camera can be found on the back and you have the choice of 4G/LTE (Lumia 735) or 3G Dual SIM (Lumia 730).
Read the full announcements here.
Supplementing our new devices and services is a smattering of new accessories.
The Microsoft Screen Sharing for Lumia Phones (HD-10)makes it really quick and easy to beam multimedia content from your Lumia, to the big screen. Just by simply connecting to HDMI-enabled TV, you’ll be able to beam movies, Xbox games, PowerPoint presentations and more, from your Lumia via NFC or Bluetooth.
The Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-903 is our second generation wireless charger – as we continue our mission to free you and your phone of wires; it boldly glows where no charger has glowed before. Whenever your Lumia is running low on battery or you’ve received a missed call, SMS or email, the sleekly designed unit will subtly alert you with a glow, flash or flicker.
The easiest way to add wireless charging to the Lumia 735 is to get the CC-3086 Wireless Charging Shell. It comes in colours to match your Lumia.
The Wireless Charging Flip Shell for Lumia 830 – CP-627 does exactly what it says on the tin – offers flip-style case protection for your new Lumia. In addition, it adds enables wireless charging and keeps the screen clean with a soft microfiber lining.
It’s the smallest wireless charger we’ve ever made and designed to fit into your portable life. The Nokia Wireless Charging Plate DT-601 now comes in a new orange colour. It is also available in black, white, yellow, cyan, and red and is powered by a USB port.
It’s in our jeans
Shipping with Lumia 830, Lumia 730 Dual SIM and Lumia 735, and rolling out as an over-the-air update to all Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones this year, the Lumia Denim update combines exclusive Lumia experiences with new features from the latest Windows Phone 8.1 update 1.
For a full run-down of what’s new, click here. In the meantime, here are some highlights.
As part of the Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1, Lumia owners will be able to enjoy Live Folders organization, Apps Corner customization, SMS merge and forwarding, and the ability to customize the snooze time within the Alarm app.
The new “Hey Cortana” feature available will also come to the Lumia 1520, Lumia 930 and Lumia Icon, allowing you hands-free access to Cortana, waking up your most helpful digital assistant with just the sound of your voice calling out “Hey Cortana”.
Lumia-specific improvements include the feature-packed Lumia Camera update (available on selected Lumia devices in Q4 2014), which brings a super-fast start-up and capture-to-capture speeds, Moment Capture for recording 4k video at 24fps and 8.3 megapixels per frame (which are such quality, you can save each frame as a high quality still picture), Rich Capture, which simplifies picture-taking with auto HDR and Dynamic Flash, and improved quality in the day and at night.
Glance screen also gets a boost, now allowing you to personalize like never before; compatible Lumias will be able to show things like Bing Weather or Bing Health & Fitness data.
So, a busy day and lots for us to talk about. Tell us what you think of the announcements and check back to Conversations for more news, features and analysis.