Microsoft Said To Be Working On A Cheaper Lumia 830

How do you make an affordable flagship even cheaper? Microsoft seems to know the trick. Lumia 830 is a fine piece of hardware from Redmond, but a new version of the flagship is incoming.

No surprises that the company is working to expand its Lumia series of devices.

But according to a new report, Microsoft has found a way to make the Lumia 830 even more affordable. A new model is being planned for release in the coming months — targeting the price range of $275, which could be a major step forward for the handset.

Word is that this new variant would come with dual SIM support, a 5-inch 720p display with 1GB of RAM to go with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. An 8.7 megapixel rear camera is also on.

And it could actually be a PureView snapper, the same unit that is installed on the Lumia 920.

In terms of internal storage, we are probably looking at 8GB capacity, along with support for microSD cards of up to 64GB or 128GB. In essence, maximizing the hardware specifications as much as the price ceiling would allow.

Microsoft believes this is the best way to combat the slew of Android devices that have taken the market by storm, and competing with these handsets in the midrange and low end segment is imperative for future growth of its mobile operating platform.

No idea when this redesigned Lumia 830 could go on sale, and what it would actually be called, but the report comes from a fairly accurate source.

And the upcoming MWC 2015 conference in Barcelona is a safe bet.

The original Lumia 830 was made official back at the start of September 2014, so a March unveiling of this new model would make it a six months window. Time enough for a refresh.

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