Now here’s a smart smartphone bundle. AT&T will offer the Lumia 830 on November 7 and, for a limited time, include a free Fitbit Flex worth $99. Thanks to the Cortana digital assistant software in Windows Phone 8.1, you can simply speak to your phone to log food or activity training.
The handset will be available in various cost options, such as zero down and $18.75 a month on the [company]AT&T[/company] Next 18 program or $22.50 a month for Next 12 customers. Those who want a two-year contract option can get the Lumia 830 for $99.99; a no-contract price of $449.99 will also be available.
Microsoft’s Lumia 830 is a step down from the flagship 900 series of phones but still has plenty to offer. The 5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display has 720p resolution, while the rear camera is a 10 megapixel PureView sensor with Zeiss optics and optical image stabilization. The 16 GB of internal storage is supplemented by a microSD card capable of adding another 128 GB of room for photos and other data. [company]Microsoft[/company] also includes 15 GB of free OneDrive cloud storage.
Inside is an older 1.2 GHz [company]Qualcomm[/company] Snapdragon 400 processor with four cores, hardly flagship material. Windows Phone 8.1 runs quite nicely on minimal hardware, though, so performance shouldn’t be an issue for most people, particularly at this price. The handset also supports wireless charging but not using the Qi standard, which is more prevalent in mobile devices. Instead, it supports the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) efforts, so don’t expect to use an older Qi charging plate with the Lumia 830.
Disclosure: Fitbit is backed by True Ventures, a venture capital firm that is an investor in the parent company of this blog.