Microsoft's 2014 Windows Phone Lumia family round-up


Microsoft’s acquisition of former global leader in smartphone sales Nokia was one of the biggest events of 2014 in tech, and it was also a symbolic event, an end to an era. Now that the Nokia logo will no longer appear on Lumia handsets, it’s time to take a look at this past year for the Nokia/Microsoft Lumia lineup for a quick recap.

What were the devices that sold most? What were the phones that drove innovation? What were the Lumia affordable low-end phones and what were the Lumia flagships?

Interestingly, the bulk of smartphone sales for Microsoft’s Windows Phone lineup falls mostly on Lumia smartphones, and on affordable models in particular. The Lumia 520 was long the staple of Windows Phone sales, and this year, Microsoft transitioned to a new cheap device - the Lumia 530. Up from it, the Lumia lineup builds up to the rank of flagships and high-end phablets. Take a look at the complete 2014 Lumia family right below.

Nokia Lumia 530


Price: $70 / €85 (off-contract)
Screen: 4” LCD, 480 x 854-pixel, 244ppi
System chip: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200
RAM: 512MB
Rear Camera: 5MP with 28mm f/2.4 lens
Front Camera: n/a
Internal storage: 4GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 1430mAh
Sensors: no ambient light, no proximity sensor
Sound recording: regular microphone

Available in single and dual-SIM flavors, this 3G smartphone picks up where the previous 500 series Lumias left off, upgrading hardware while remaining very affordable. Loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, the Lumia 530 brings the goods, such as the new Action Center, Word Flow, personalized Start Screen background, HERE Maps, and who can forget, Cortana.


Microsoft Lumia 535

Price: $170 (off-contract)
Screen: 5” LCD, 540 x 960-pixel, 220ppi
System chip: 1.2GHz quad-core Snadpragon 200
RAM: 1GB
Rear Camera: 5MP with 1/4" sensor
Front Camera: 5MP
Internal storage: 8GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 1905mAh
Sensors: no ambient light, no proximity sensor
Sound recording: regular microphone

The Lumia 535 is bigger and better than its predecessor (Nokia Lumia 530). The new smartphone runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the latest Lumia Denim update, obviously including all the software features that you’d expect from a Microsoft handset (Cortana, Office, Skype, and so on). It’s also got a 5-inch display with 540 x 960 pixels, two 5 MP cameras, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, and a 1905 mAh battery.


Nokia Lumia 630/635


Price: $65 (AT&T GoPhone) / €70 (off-contract)
Screen: 4.5” IPS LCD, 480 x 854-pixel, 217ppi
System chip: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
RAM: 512MB
Rear Camera: 5MP with 1/4" sensor
Front Camera: n/a
Internal storage: 8GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 1830mAh
Sensors: SensorCore, but no ambient light, no proximity sensor
Sound recording: regular microphone

The Nokia Lumia 635, a slight variant of the Lumia 630 that features 4G LTE connectivity, has made its appearance stateside in 2014 with T-Mobile and MetroPCS. It’s no powerhouse, that’s certainly for sure, but despite that, it’s aiming to win over people with its low price and new Windows Phone 8.1 experience.


Nokia Lumia 730/735


Price: $280 / €240 (off-contract)
Screen: 4.7” OLED, 720 x 1280-pixel, 310ppi
System chip: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
RAM: 1GB
Rear Camera: 6.7MP with 26mm f/1.9 lens, LED flash
Front Camera: 5MP with 24mm f/2.4 lens
Internal storage: 8GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 2220mAh
Sensors: SensorCore, Ambient Light, Proximity
Sound recording: 2 HAAC mics

Nokia tries to capitalize on the selfie craze with the Lumia 730, and we should say it does so nicely as the front cam of the 730 captures good-looking images, and the phone overall is fairly snappy and looks good with that signature pillow-shaped form.


Nokia Lumia 830


Price: $450 / €350 (off-contract)
Screen: 5” ClearBlack IPS LCD, 720 x 1280-pixel, 292ppi
System chip: 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400
RAM: 1GB
Rear Camera: 10MP with 26mm f/2.2 lens
Front Camera: 0.9MP with f/2.4 lens
Internal storage: 16GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 2200mAh
Sensors: SensorCore, Ambient Light, Proximity
Sound recording: 3 HAAC mics

Introduced by Microsoft as an affordable flagship, the Lumia 830 is one of the world’s last Nokia-branded smartphones. The handset’s highlight feature is its 10 MP PureView rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization and LED Flash.


Nokia Lumia 930 / Icon


Price: $500 / €430 (off-contract)
Screen: 5” ClearBlack OLED, 1080 x 1920-pixel, 440ppi
System chip: 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
RAM: 2GB
Rear Camera: 20MP with 26mm f/2.4 lens
Front Camera: 1.3MP with f/2.4 lens
Internal storage: 32GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 2420mAh
Sensors: SensorCore, Ambient Light, Proximity
Sound recording: 4 HAAC mics

The Lumia 930 is the international version of Verizon's exclusive Lumia Icon flagship, and is arguably the swan song of the Nokia that were, as it has been conceived before Microsoft gobbled up its entire smartphone business.


Nokia Lumia 1520


Price: $585 / €520 (off-contract)
Screen: 6” IPS LCD, 1080 x 1920-pixel, 368ppi
System chip: 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800
RAM: 2GB
Rear Camera: 20MP with 26mm f/2.4 lens
Front Camera: 1.2MP
Internal storage: 32GB, with microSD card support
Battery: 3400mAh
Sensors: SensorCore, Ambient Light, Proximity
Sound recording: 4 HAAC mics

The Nokia Lumia 1520 was the biggest and most specs-heavy Windows Phone to arrive and at the early 2014 time of its launch is arrived as one sporting the latest hardware gear.

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