Nokia Lumia 830 hands-on: the Denim demon

The Lumia 830 is intriguing for Windows Phone fans as it represents a reasonably downscaled version of the leading Lumia 930. It is priced aggressively and makes the best of both former Nokia and current Microsoft workforce's engineering and design prowess, and of Windows Phone 8.1's uncanny ability to perform smoothly on restricted hardware. The result is a compelling smartphone at an attractive price, and we appreciated the opportunity to have a go with it.


The Lumia 830 is designed like the Lumia 930, made of plastic while having a metallic rim. While it has only half of its premium looks, the handset is well built, thin, and quite solid - like most Lumia phones are. The buttons feel great and add to the satisfying feel of the construction. The latter is somewhat diminished by the phone's sharp edges, which tend to dig a little into the palm, but aren't a flaw otherwise. The handset has a matte finish, which is much better than glossy plastic! Characteristically for Lumia phones, the 830's colors are bright, almost neon-like, but the black and white colors are conservative enough to appease those with stricter attitudes.


We have mostly positive impressions out of the Lumia 830's 5-inch 720p LCD display. It has good brightness and sunlight legibility, there's no visible pixelization, and the viewing angles are great. No compromises here.


Windows Phone is a very distinct, familiar operating system and there's nothing of particular note to talk about. The Lumia 830 does, however, run the OS' latest version, titled Denim. The Lumia Denim update makes Cortana easier to use. It introduces a "Hey, Cortana" phrase that launches Cortana for filing reminders and other actions. Denim also brings geofencing powers to Cortana, too, which can recognize geographic areas for assisting in reminders and tasks.

Processor and memory

The Lumia 830 makes do with a pretty modest configuration - a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM, and 2200mAh battery. Then again, it has no demanding OS or display to look after, so the configuration is fine. The performance is pretty good, although the interface did exhibit some lag - it's probably due to the unfinished software. We are sure the phone will operate smoothly at launch, because Windows Phone devices don't lag in menus. Ever.


Nokia's newest has a 10-megapixel PureView main camera with a single LED flash and the very welcome optical image stabilization feature on-board. Combining it with the Denim update's improvements in camera performance - the start-up process is faster, and the camera is quicker to capture individual shots. Notably, the camera can take two photos - one without flash, and one illuminated, and combine them to achieve the best lighting. The front camera is a simple 1-megapixel snapper, which sounds quite unimpressive when compared to the newly announced HTC Desire 820's 8-megapixel selfie machine. Then again, the latter doesn't run Windows Phone, right?


The Lumia 830 is shaping up to become another solid addition to the Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia line-up. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with it, and for the price of around 330 EUR unlocked (not sure about the US price at this time), it could end up being remembered as as successful product.

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Lumia 830
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 10 MP / 0.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 16 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2200 mAh(14.8h 3G talk time)



1. mousesports

Posts: 286; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

love it !

10. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Slick, clean cut, gorgeous, smooth, sharp, and attractive...... Love it. Looks better than 930 for sure.

12. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Great pureview camera....premium ness, beautiful and durability......u can get all this in lower price.....good move ms.

18. jeeta444

Posts: 154; Member since: Mar 24, 2014

Nice looks and eye catching colours.…… pureview camera is the selling point. good mid-range device.

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Very appealing design.

3. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

I'm pretty disappointed, it was supposed to have 4.5 inch screen, 5 inch is 930 territory, and its prices are falling pretty quick. Now there is not good WP for someone who likes 4.3-4.7 inch screen. Also, I expected better camera and SoC (400 is enough for WP but 800 would be nice anyway). Leaks were very promising but...Z3C won.

19. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Snapdragon 800 series processor -OR- SUB $400 price point ? I, for one, am VERY HAPPY. You want a beefy processor and 4.3-4.7" screen... Lumia 925 or Lumia 1020. They still haul ass, and have dropped in price (double win)

20. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

You're right but still little disappointment. Price is awesome

23. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

Yeah, and I think that's the kicker. For the price you get an amazing package. Honestly, no phone will ever be perfect because the industry is evolving daily! So the consumer has to make some compromise and HOPE that the market is FILLED with competition - so that the compromise is as little as possible. (Also this is the second time i'm saying this, but awesome pic... put in my Limp Bizkit CD in the car the other day :D)

27. Wiencon

Posts: 2278; Member since: Aug 06, 2014

This CD rocks socks off :D

4. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

People complaining about no SD 800, STOP! This is WP, and you'll should know that WP doesn't require such a powerful SoC for a 720p screen. Plus a SD 400 is more than enough to handle anything WP 8.1 brings to the table. Yeah sure, for those spec junkies who buy a phone based only on specs a Snapdragon 800 would have been better, but for the price and for basically what this phone is, a affordable PureView Lumia, a the Snapdragon 400 is more than capable. Great mid rangers outted by MS today. Can't wait for the Lumia 1020 and 1520 successors!

9. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

What about apps, and games? No matter, how good the system is, apps and games have their own requirements. And If You dont use them much, then why would You need a 5 inch screen? The guy who announced 830 in Berlin, clearly said it is to compete with the best of the best. People have right to point out, where the competition is better.

13. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

Yes, the competition at that price point offers better specs. But specs aren't everything. Even if the Desire 820 offers a 64 bit quad core CPU, do you really think it'll outperform the Lumia 830? Heck, even a SD200 would've been enough for this phone. Also, being a WP, it'll receive official software support for a long time (36 months) and having a PureView camera with OIS is always a bonus. So yeah, for Android fans, specs are everything, but for the average consumer looking to buy a decent upper mid range phone, the Lumia 830 serves the purpose very well, especially with its stylish looks, flashy colors and that huge battery pack, not to mention micro SD expansion.

15. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

And I'm sure some people will buy it. But for many specs are important, and You should respect their opinions on the matter.

22. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

LOL what about apps and games... is this 2008 still? App gap has GREATLY decreased. Is it a level playing field yet? No. But MOST users have all the apps they need. Some do not. And it is understandable to avoid the operating system based on those needs... If you are one of those users, eliminate yourself from considering WP - one would think naturally they would stop posting haterade on anything WP. I NEVER looked at Apple articles until the iPhone 6 got announced... For one, I had nothing good to say. Secondly, didn't care for it. So hater on WP must care for it in some degree. Maybe one day all the apps you need will be on the platform and you can buy yourself a WP and feel better. Until then sorry for your discomfort.

28. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I think You didn't read my post. I said nothing about app gap. I said, that apps and games have their own hardware requirements. so when it comes to flagships, You can't say, that hardware doesn't matter, because system works fluently. BTW: There was no WP in 2008. iPhone 6 hasn't got announced yet.

34. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

BTW: Exaggeration... And I am not discrediting your argument, if the apps and games (or lack of) are not to your satisfaction on ANY PLATFORM, don't oblige to buy phones running that OS (if there are better options.) In a sense, I DO agree with you.

29. hurrycanger

Posts: 1773; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

Totally agree. The guys said it was an "affordable FLAGSHIP". It was there on screen sitting between the iPhone 5s and Galaxy S5... yet it has Moto G specs. Sure, the 830 is gonna handle calling, texing, web browsing, and scrolling the settings so well. But the Moto G can do the same, not to mention app switching and launching is quite fast on my Moto G, and it has never had to go through the Resuming phase. Further more, for apps and games, raw power is needed. The S5 has it. The 5s has it (yes, lower clocked dual core on the iPhone 5s is still powerful as heII. Specs can't be just compared by clock speed and number of cores). This thing has 1.2ghz Snap400. Nope. "Smooth" and "no lag" are just excuses for making a phone with such lower end specs and a quite high price tag.

31. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

with the 305 adreno it should do just fine. While I think they went a little far, I think they were showing the bargain for what a majority of people do, what you just stated. And the most popular games are not going to stretch the 305 by anymeans.

17. jojon

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

absolutely right there my friend

5. mhk258

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 02, 2014

I'm in love with this Lumia 830,especially in green

6. hunted

Posts: 403; Member since: Sep 21, 2011

orange and white looks beautiful!!

7. jayaprahas

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

Nice one..I love with White...

8. danielvaida

Posts: 8; Member since: Mar 18, 2014

It's just me or this looks like a redesigned 925? The metal trim and plastic back.

11. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2363; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Meh.... Nothing new here..

14. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

830 or 730.. I can't DECIDE.. Anyone?

21. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

830 IMO.

16. tasior

Posts: 265; Member since: Nov 04, 2012

I wonder, whether 830 screen looks sharp enough for a flagship. I remember, when I hold Samsung GS3 with 720p screen on 4,8 screen, I thought that there is no point in higher resolution. Then the resolution got higher, and screens got bigger. And I keep wondering if it's noticable at all... I hope in 830 review, there will be some opinion on that matter...

24. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

with only the oldschool snapdragon 600, this will be my next device, definitely. Since we mostly don't need that much CPU power, we need GPU power, and Adreno 320 outplays 305 ... especially adreno 320 for 720p display. Or even the S4 Pro dual core, like in Xperia SP or Blackberry Z30 is super fine

25. gaara6775

Posts: 738; Member since: May 20, 2014

New brick in town.xD

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