Microsoft announced three new Nokia Lumia phones Thursday — the Lumia 830, Lumia 735 and Lumia 730 — as well as a Lumia update.
The phones, which run the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, will roll out globally this month, according to the news release. [Update 12:43 p.m.: It is unclear whether the phones will be sold in the U.S. A Microsoft spokeswoman said only: “We’re announcing the products globally at this time, and will have more information on availability in each market at a later date.”] (Paul Thurrott’s Supersite for Windows notes: “The Lumia 830 begins shipping this month ‘globally,’ which is a code word for ‘not in the United States.’ Sadly that’s true of all the phones Microsoft is announcing today: They’re all international only.”)
The Lumia 830 has a 10-megapixel camera, runs a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 16GB of memory which is expandable by 128GB via microSD and is priced at around 330 euros (about $430).
The Lumia 730 and 735 have 6.7-megapixel cameras and run on 1.2 GHz Snapdragon quad-core processors with 8GB of memory, which can be expanded with a 128GB microSD card. They’re being geared toward people who love to take selfies, Skype and connect socially. The cameras have 5-megapixel front-facing cameras, come pre-loaded with a new Lumia Selfie app, two microphones and voice processing designed to clear out unwanted background noise. The Lumia 730 Dual SIM will be priced around 199 euros (about $259), and the Lumia 735 with LTE/4G and wireless charging support will be priced around 219 euros (about $285).
In addition, Microsoft announced Lumia Denim — an update that combines Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 with new features exclusively for Lumia phones. Lumia Denim includes updates intended to make the camera work faster and more intuitively. Lumia Denim will ship with Lumia 830, 730 and 735. All other Lumia Windows Phone 8 smartphones will get over-the-air updates, which are scheduled to start rolling out in the fourth quarter this year, following partner testing and approvals, according to Microsoft.
Microsoft made those announcements at the IFA technology show in Berlin.
At IFA, the company also showed off some new Windows 8.1 devices from its manufacturing partners.
Among the new devices are 2-in-1s (notebook computers that can also turn into tablets) such as the Acer Aspire R13, the HP Pavilion X2 and Lenovo ThinkPad Helix; and small tablets such as the 7-inch Toshiba Encore Mini and the 5-inch rugged Panasonic ToughPad FZ-E1.