Microsoft launches the Lumia 830 in the UK, now available for purchase

Microsoft has today announced that the Lumia 830 is now available for purchase in the UK, starting from £24.99 on contract. The Windows Phone is already available at Unlocked Mobiles for £304.98, in case you prefer the SIM-free option.

The Lumia 830 features a 5-inch 720P display along with a 10 MP PureView camera, Qi wireless charging, 16 GB of internal memory with micro SD expansion. Microsoft notes that major operators and retailers will be stocking the new Windows Phone, including EE, Dixons, Carphone Warehouse, Tesco and Amazon (available from today). Colors include bright orange, bright green, white and black.

Lumia 830 Goes on Sale Today in the UK

An affordable smartphone which mixes style, great design and superior picture performance with popular integrated Microsoft applications

3rd October 2014, London, UK - Microsoft today announced the availability of its affordable flagship Lumia 830 in the UK, priced from only £24.99 pm.

Features include premium design, PureView imaging for superior picture quality and integrated Microsoft services that work straight out of the box. The affordable Lumia 830 makes high-end innovation available to more people than ever before.

With the ease of use and elegant interface of Windows Phone 8.1, and packing the very best Lumia innovations including Cortana, Wireless Charging, Optical Image Stabilisation and SensorCore into an ultra-sleek package, the Lumia 830 delivers:

  • Cortana - your very own personal assistant. She is there to make things easier for you and to make sure that you are always up to date on the things that matter most.
  • Incredible image and video quality, day or night - the Lumia 830 captures sharp images with its 10-megapixel PureView camera with ZEISS optics, multi-mic Rich Recording, and Lumia's thinnest optical image stabilisation system to date.
  • The chance to capture expressions and emotions with Living Images that make your photos come alive. These are easy to share on social networks using the integrated Storyteller app.
  • The latest software - Windows Phone 8.1 including the new Lumia Denim software enhancements. It means faster and easier connections to everything and everybody that matters most to you.
  • Great software like Cortana, Microsoft OneDrive and Microsoft Office with Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint for leading productivity on the go, ready installed, straight out of the box!
  • A massive 15GB of free OneDrive storage - sync and instantly share pictures and content with friends, family, and colleagues on the go across all your devices. .
  • A world of apps including Instagram, Adidas miCoach, Vimeo, and Flipboard – plus apps that sync across devices so you can be always ready to pick up where you left off.
  • Great hardware design backed by a powerful Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 400 processor, featuring quad-core CPUs at 1.2 GHz, for super-fast, smooth web browsing and gaming, all delivered on a beautiful, sharp 5-inch ClearBlack display.
  • Inbuilt SensorCore low-power motion sensing which tracks motion and location even while the phone is 'asleep' in your pocket - perfect for exercise and exploration – and with apps like Bing Health and Fitness, and Adidas miCoach you can make every step count!
  • A large 2200 mAh battery so you can keep going longer and built-in wireless charging adding convenience (wireless charging pads, car kits and audio docks are sold separately).

Conor Pierce, VP of Microsoft Devices for the UK and Ireland said: "With PureView imaging, wireless charging and a wealth of other great features, the Lumia 830 delivers the best innovations and experiences from our flagship smartphones at a more affordable price, underscoring Microsoft's commitment to offer a competitive Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone for everyone."

Finally, today London plays host to Destination Star Trek – the largest convention of its kind. As Klingons, Vulcans and Romulans descended on the city to attend the event, Microsoft's first truly 'personal' digital assistant, Cortana, has boldly gone where she has never gone before, and revealed a series of fun phrases. Dave Coplin, Microsoft's Chief Envisioning Officer said: "For a bit of Trekker fun, download 8.1 on your Windows Phone device and try asking Cortana some famous Star Trek phrases such as: 'Set Phasers to Stun', 'Engage' or 'Beam Me Up', - you can even ask her to 'Speak Klingon'. There are many more so we hope everyone has fun trying to 'Trek' them all down!"

The Lumia 830 is expected to be available in the UK from Vodafone, EE, Dixons Carphone Group, Tesco and Amazon from today, in a range of colours including bright orange, bright green, white and black.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds was formerly a Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.