Microsoft's 2014 Windows Phone Lumia family round-up

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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38 Comments

1. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

Wow, I didn't realise how sexy L1520 is. I really love Lumia's design

2. DeusExCellula

Posts: 1390; Member since: Oct 05, 2014

Yah gotta hold it in your hand man, it feels so solid and the smooth operation is divine

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I played with black one, didn't impress me, by the way it looked, but white, yellow and green variants are incredible.

22. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

true.....101% agree.....dude Solid and Beautiful.....!!!

8. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

I had the yellow 1520 and so far its the most solid phone i ever had with the iphone 5. It felt like the plastic was made out of dragon tears. Amazing quality and texture feel. I was scared if I dropped it that it would break the floor :P Kidding but its true how well its built. Too bad it was too big for my taste and with horrible app store.

18. rone6399 unregistered

Hello from Norway.I love 1520 too.It is an amazing phone.

23. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

yeah i f**kin saw that, the black bezel are very slim on top! and as the owner swipe up and down to it's screen even i was 7feet away, the display is stunningly beautiful! i was so surprised. LOL

4. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

For me 730/735 has the best combination between specs and price but i don't like the design.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yeah, 730 is superb and design is OK. Design wise 930 and 830 are marvellous.

15. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

When it comes to design i prefer the 930 than any 2014 Lumia.

19. phichart

Posts: 335; Member since: May 03, 2014

I like 930

27. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

does nokia lumia 930 have an update for glance screen?

11. DogeShibe

Posts: 1121; Member since: Jan 10, 2014

735/730's design is way better than 830. It's perfect just like 800 & 920 !!

14. Genza

Posts: 576; Member since: Mar 12, 2014

I don't like 800 & 920 either for me the 930 is the best looking lumia so far. The 730, 800 & 920 is kinda weird to me because the front panel has rounded corners but the frame has sharp corners. If i can improve the 930 design i'll adds front facing stereo speakers and removable cover and battery like Nokia 515 back cover.

6. ManusImperceptus

Posts: 724; Member since: Jun 10, 2014

L 1520 FTW! Best Lumia to date, and best looking one as well, after the gorgeous 720...!

12. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

White 1020 and 925 are most beautiful Lumias in my opinion.

16. jojon

Posts: 421; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

totaly agree, i have a 1020 yellow, but my g/f's 925 in white is perhaps the most beautiful looking phone i have seen

7. shinywindow unregistered

What a pointless and stupid article. Who cares about 2014 phones. This year is over.

9. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

People are still buying 2013 phones, quite a lot of them. Iphone 5S is taking over 20% of all iphone sales this last few months. Maybe you are smoking something. Come back again when the air clears.

10. Phonedingo

Posts: 399; Member since: Aug 16, 2014

The icon/930 doesn't have a SD card slot.

24. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

I quickly searched it right away, i thought i was wrong that 930 has no external sd card support

13. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Fact: Microsoft didn't acquire Nokia. Also the Lumia 635 is also available on AT&T (not just Metro PCS and T-Mobile) and is cheaper than the T-Mobile 635 and has an available bundle that comes with a 16GB Class 10 Micro SD AND a dual shot Bright Orange back cover.

25. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Well, its just a saying. People forget motorola is two companies. Nobody outside of engineers, says in response to..."hey do you know nokia" and then respond with "yea their M9506 Tower and Server 3G system is amazing......." No they think phones. Of which yes, MS bought the Phone division.

17. Settings

Posts: 2942; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Lumia 720 is still beautiful. The only letdown is ho-hum specs. Beauty with less brains.

20. rjmlive

Posts: 74; Member since: Apr 07, 2012

Yeah the 1520 is really impressive. I have the 830 and I have to say it's better than I thought it might be. I bought it as a place holder until the 1030 equivalent comes out, but it's a legit awesome phone. I can't see much advantage in Windows Phone for a spec race, the operation is already glassy smooth. Maybe for some high end games and a little speedier camera operations would be the only reason to upgrade for the handful of people that absolutely need such things. The camera isn't even slow imho, but the Denim update sounds like it will upgrade the camera experience. I wish more people actually tried these new Windows Phones instead of assuming they are terrible. Every single person I work with that has an Android doesn't use it even close to what it can do and they constantly fumble over the interface. They are all more suitably Windows Phone customers, but it's so hard to get them in our market.

21. rsiders

Posts: 1811; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

The Lumia 930/Icon does not have microSD support but that's what they should have included to make it the complete Lumia device. And as always they need to make these devices non exclusive. How many of the phones can be purchased on more than one carrier without having to buy outright or from another source?

28. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

does nokia lumia 930 have already glance screen update?

33. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

It cannot get glance because the screen it use

38. marcski07

Posts: 600; Member since: Apr 25, 2014

sad, planning to buy my first windows phone and nokia lumia 930 is my pick, coz it's beautiful and has pureview, i'm buying it also for back up phone and for the sake of nostalgia of my n9, and the last nokia branded flagship with windows phone :( no glance screen = no nostalgic feeling.

26. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks I could be wrong but I predict you will not see any more "Nokia" Branded smart phones from Microsoft. That's why there is no new Flagship Windows smart phone out this year. Windows phone's new! Flag ship will be on Microsoft's "Lumia" Line smart phones debuting perhaps at the 2015 CES event Next month. I also Predict in 2015 The small 7.9 to 8 inch Surface "Mini" or replacement for the Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet using an ARMS CPU running Windows 8.1 or Windows 10 will go on sale. I also predict in 2015 that the long awaited touch screen version of Microsoft Office will appear for Microsoft "Windows tablets" Microsoft Fans like myself have been begging fir this one. I predict a deluge of the new Universal Apps coming to the Windows 10 touch screen store. Why because NOW Windows Tablets are cheap as 99 dollars and "People" are buying them. Also there are many 200 to 400 dollar cheap Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 Laptops, and Tablet Hybrids going on sale within 6 months. Folks will buy them because they are cheap and with MS Office worth it!.

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