Sales of Microsoft’s Lumia 830, the “affordable flagship,” begin this week

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Microsoft’s next Windows Phone handset, the Lumia 830, arrives in stores around the world over the next few days. With an announced off-contract price of €330 ($415.71) on Wednesday, it’s likely the handset will first arrive in EU regions. Microsoft is calling the Lumia 830 an “affordable flagship” based on the phone’s features and relatively low cost.

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That’s a clever strategy when the price of competing flagship handsets can easily start at $600 and quickly rise from there. Is the Lumia 830 a flagship, though? [company]Microsoft[/company] may be playing a little loose with the term, but there are some appealing aspects to be found in this Lumia, particularly for the price.

The 5-inch ClearBlack display has 720p resolution with 296 pixels per inch, for example, and the 10 megapixel backlit camera sensor uses Nokia’s PureView technology, Carl Zeiss optics with a wide f/2.2 aperture and optical image stabilization. Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11n Wi-Fi and NFC are all supported, as is wireless charging for the Qi standard. The integrated LTE radio supports uploads up to 50 Mbps with downloads capable of 150 Mbps.

You’ll only get 16 GB of internal storage and 1 GB of memory to work with, but storage is expandable with a microSD card. Microsoft is also bundling 15 GB of OneDrive cloud storage. On paper, the weakest part of the phone is the processor: A 1.2 GHz quad-core [company]Qualcomm[/company] Snapdragon 400, typically a chip found in mid-range handsets.

Microsoft can get away with using it, though: Windows Phone software is pretty lean and mean, running quite well on lesser hardware. That choice of chip can also help prolong battery life, which is rated at 14 hours for Wi-Fi web browsing.

Here in the U.S., AT&T has already confirmed it will carry the Lumia 830. It hasn’t yet announced availability, but the phone is expected in November.

This post was updated at 11:17am to show the correct Wi-Fi support.

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