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Lumia 930 vs Lumia 830 – Which Nokia Handset Is Best In 2014?

These two Nokia smartphones have one thing in common: they’re members of the Lumia family and come with plastic backs. But their specifications are totally different and even if the Lumia 830 was released later, it came with weaker hardware components. Here’s a comparison between them.

Lumia 930

This model was released in July and it came with a plastic back and metallic sides, giving it a premium look. The phone has an angular body and the frame is curved on the corners. The camera is centered and has the dual-LED flash in the left side. The Lumia 930 is quite thick at 9.8mm, it has a height of 137mm and it weights 167grams, being heavier because of the metallic frame. The display measures 5inches and uses AMOLED technology from Samsung, being capable to support 1080×1920 pixels at 441ppi.

The runs on Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 with 2GB of RAM and it’s powered by a powerful quad core Krait 400 processor clocked at 2.2Ghz, being supported by a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset, coupled with Adreno 330 graphics and 32GB of internal memory, which doesn’t support expansion, but the capacity is big enough to store enough data. Its rear camera has a resolution of 20MP and uses Carl Zeiss optics and PureView technology, its features including optical image stabilization, autofocus, 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and many more. It can record at 1080p@30fps with optical stabilization and for video calling it provides a 1.2MP front camera. The device can last 15 hours and a half when talking on 3G, thanks to the 2420 mAh battery, which is removable.

Lumia 830

This model uses elements of designs from the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1020, featuring a slim body with large camera lens housing on the back. It’s significantly thinner at 8.5mm, but it’s a bit taller at 139.4mm, has a width of 70.7mm and it weights 150grams. It was released in September and it’s the successor of the Lumia 820, which is a mid-range smartphone, and this model didn’t raise the bar to compete with sibling, the Lumia 930. Anyway, it has an IPS LCD display of the same size, but its resolution is downgraded to 720×1280 pixels, supporting 294ppi.

Regarding the processor, it’s a quad core Cortex-A7 with a clock speed of 1.2GHz, based on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset along with Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM. It has half the capacity of Lumia 930’s internal memory, but the phone supports a microSD card slot and you can get a storage capacity of 128GB. The camera on the back is 10MP, using the same technology, but it has single LED flash and a 1/3.4” sensor size. As for the secondary camera, it’s 0.9MP, quite mediocre. The user replaceable 2200 mAh battery is included in the package and lasts around 15 hours when talking on 3G.

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