It looks like Microsoft and their Nokia Lumia 830 are getting ready to begin hitting markets worldwide. An upcoming press conference in India may reveal the time and pricing for that phone and its sibling the Lumia 730 sometime tomorrow.
Likewise, we are now hearing from one of our sources that the Lumia 830 for AT&T should be hitting shelves the first week of November. This time falls in line with Microsoft's Stephen Elop's previous ' by the holidays' declaration for the US carrier.
AT&T announced on September 9 that they would be stocking the Lumia 830 in the future, although pricing and plans were not revealed at the time. According to people familiar with the matter, AT&T has penciled in date of Friday, November 7 to begin selling the new 'affordable flagship' Windows Phone. Unfortunately, pricing is still a bit of a mystery at this time (unlocked variants are commanding around $379 USD on eBay).
Like all launch dates this far out, this one is subject to change and cannot be considered official until AT&T announce their plans.
The Lumia 830 looks to fill in the gap between the lower cost Lumia line on AT&T, including the Lumia 635 and the more high-end offerings like the Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. Featuring a 5-inch 720p IPS display (1280 x 720) and 10 MP camera, the Lumia 830 borrows much from the higher-priced Lumia 930, but comes in a lighter, thinner, and cheaper package. The Lumia 830 should launch with Windows Phone 8.1.1 and the new Lumia Denim firmware. Although it only has 16 GB of internal store, the Lumia 830 can take up to 128 GB more through its micro SD card slot.
We also hear that it is coming in black for the color, as opposed to orange, white, or the new bright green. However, the Lumia 830's back plate is removable, letting users swap out colors on their own should they desire something a little more ostentatious.
Hopefully, we will be hearing more about the AT&T Lumia 830 in the coming weeks. It at least looks like Microsoft will get this out the door well before the crucial Thanksgiving holiday period, ensuring no missed sales in the US.
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