Microsoft launches new Lumias, WP update

Microsoft's (MSFT +0.4%) Lumia 830 delivers a PureView camera at a lower unsubsidized price point (€330/$429) than existing PureView hardware. Like the high-end Lumia 930, the 830 combines PureView with a 5" display and aluminum body, but its resolution (720p vs. 1080p) and CPU (1.2GHz. quad-core) have been downgraded.

Nonetheless, The Verge likes the 830's lower weight/thickness relative to the 930, and (during a brief test) was impressed with the 10MP camera's daylight shots. "This is the handset the 930 should have been."

Also launched: The Lumia 730 and 735, proclaimed by Microsoft to be "selfie" phones due to their inclusion of 5MP front cameras with a wide-angle lens and a fast f/2.4 aperture. Other specs are largely mid-range - a 4.7" 720p display, a 6.7MP rear camera (albeit with Carl Zeiss optics), and the same CPU as the 830 - as are respective retail prices of €199 and €219. The 735 differs from the 730 through its LTE support.

The phone launches coincide with the release of Lumia Denim, a Windows Phone 8.1 update that includes a Cortana voice assistant revamp - a feature called "Hey Cortana" enables Google Now-like hands-free activation - and a slew of camera improvements.

With app support remaining a concern for many, IDC estimates Windows Phone had only a 2.5% smartphone share in Q2, down from 3.4% a year earlier. Shipments are estimated to have fallen by 800K to 7.4M.

Thanks in large part to feature phone declines, Microsoft has forecast its phone unit will see revenue fall to $1.9B-$2.3B in the Sep. quarter from $3.9B a year ago. 12.5K of Microsoft's 18K job cuts are expected to hit the phone division, roughly cutting its size by half.

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  • Seppo Sahrakorpi
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    The persistent WP app problem, when 300k+ apps is not enough...

    4 Sep 2014, 12:20 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    I agree. They need more sales to get more app exposure and they need more apps to get more sales. Catch 22.
    4 Sep 2014, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • techy46
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    Couldn't care less about number of apps as they have the 9 I used daily.
    4 Sep 2014, 03:11 PM Reply Like
  • wrscomncents
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    I feel the same as you at this point. The problem is their are many out there who feel differently. Another problem is there are more and more devices coming on board that connect directly to your phone. The so called "Internet if Things". These devices, whatever they may be, are going to grow rapidly. These devices are connecting to iphone and android but not WP. If this isn't fixed it will be bad for WP.
    5 Sep 2014, 08:46 AM Reply Like
  • wil3714
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    Nokia and Surface dont need apps since you can use the web browser to access online content. Its much more powerful than a weak 2MB-25MB app.
    5 Sep 2014, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • petervukosavljev
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    Xamarin allows developer to create apps for iOS and Android written in C#... 90% of the code is the same for iOS, android and WINDOWS phone....


    Xamarin will mean more for apps for windows phone.
    4 Sep 2014, 02:34 PM Reply Like
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