The Affordable Flagship, Nokia Lumia 830: First Impressions



The Nokia Lumia 830 is the most affordable Lumia flagship yet. It was announced during the IFA 2014 together with the Lumia 730 and 735. This is the product of Microsoft devices team to bring the PureView innovation to a more affordable price point. The Lumia 830 has a 10MP Zeiss camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) promised to deliver great shots in both daylight and lowlight.

The Nokia Lumia 830 has finally arrived and we will be doing our hands on review in the coming days. But for now, let me give you our first impression.


The Nokia Lumia 830 sports a similar look to the Lumia 930 but with a new camera hump design. The striking new look is a combination of a metal rim and polycarbonate back cover. It has a 5-inch 720p display, Gorilla Glass 3 and ClearBlack. We love the slightly curved screen and thin bezels, it looks like the tiles float from side to side. The display quality is impressive as expected, the colors are punchy and accurate.

Nokia Lumia 830’s processor is a bit underpowered compared to the Lumia 930 but in real-life, you can’t really tell the difference. As I navigate through the screen, flipping through the menu, browsing the internet and playing music and videos, the quad-core Snapdragon 400 is really a powerful tank.


One of the key selling point of this phone is the camera. The device has a 10MP Zeiss camera with OIS and single led flash. It is the first Lumia to carry such amount of pixel. Come with the new Lumia Camera, (will arrive this Q4) the 830 will have the ability to take two pictures: one with flash and one without, called Dynamic Flash. This feature is a part of the Denim update that also includes Moment capture that can take 2MP per frame and auto HDR mode.

I have taken two low-light shots from this phone. The second photo was taken in 2s shutter speed while the camera is zoomed. The photos taken were pretty impressive for a 10MP camera. The 830 really deserves to have the PureView branding on it.

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I got so excited when I first saw the Lumia 830. It has a refreshed design, interesting imaging capabilities and a perfect 5-inch size. I find the Lumia 1520 too big for most people and the 830 is a good alternative, specially if you don’t want to spend more. The Nokia Lumia 830 has a reasonable price for only 18,990 SRP (423$). It comes in colors bright green, bright orange, white and black.

Key Specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update
  • Display size: 5 ”, ClearBlack, IPS LCD, 1080p, Sunlight Readability Curved (“2.25D”) Gorilla 3.0 glass, Super Sensitive Touch for glove and nail usage
  • Pixel density: 296 ppi
  • Mass memory: 16 GB (expandable up to 128 GB)
  • Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400
  • Camera: 10 MP, PureView with single LED flash, OIS
  • Front facing camera 1 MP , 720p video
  • 1080p Video playback/capture
  • Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, LTE, NFC,
  • Integrated Qi wireless charging
  • Battery capacity: 2200mAh
  • Maximum standby time: 22 days
  • HERE location services Free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+

I know you guys are wanting more of the Nokia Lumia 830 but we have to pause for a break while we provide you the full review of the most affordable Lumia flagship yet. So stay tuned!

– thank you to Cohn & Wolfe Philippines Nokia Philippines and Microsoft Philippines for lending us this device.


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