A worthy Successor: Lumia 820 vs. Lumia 830




When the Nokia Lumia 820 was announced back in late September, 2012 it was quickly overshadowed  by the Lumia 920 announced around the same time.

As a result, the Lumia 820 didn’t do so well.

Today, we see the rise of a successor, the Lumia 830.

Let’s take an in-depth look at how Nokia created a worthy successor to the 820, let’s see just how improved the 830 is from its predecessor:


Form Factor:

While both 820 and 830 have the same style monoblock design, the 830 is now 1.4mm thinner (8.5mm thickness) and 10gms (150gms) lighter than the 820. even though the 830 is bigger, its aluminum frame ensures its weight isn’t compromised. All this means the 830 is sleeker, thinner and looks more high end than the boring 820.

Both phones have removable back covers for access to battery, SIM card and microSD slots.


Nokia also improved on the display as well, while its now 5inch screen compared to the 820’s 4.3 inch display which is also an AMOLED screen compared ot the 830’s IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen.

The 830’s 720×1280 display is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass III, the only similarity is both models use clear Black Display.


Both models, feature 1GB RAM and have microSD slots for expandable storage, but that’s where their similarities end as the 830 is able to take up to 128GB microSD cards while the 820 is limited to 64GB and the 830 has 16GB internal storage space while the 820 is limited to just 8GB.


This is the clear denominator between the 2 brothers, Nokia obviously put a lot of work into upgrading the camera, the 820 had 8MP Carl Zeiss optics with auto-focus and dual-LED flash which can record 1080P @ 30fps.

But with its successor, the 830 packs a 10MP Carl Zeiss optics with PureView technology, OIS, auto-focus. face-detection, and can record video at 1080P @ 30fps and stereo sound recording, its front facing camera is also a 0.9MP camera that can record in 720P.

Processing Power:

The 820 is powered by a Dual Core1.5GHz SnapDragon CPU and Adreno 225 graphics chip, this is nothing compared to the 830’s Quad-Core 1.2GHz Cortex A7 SnapDragon 400 processor.

To handle all that power, the 830 packs a 2200mAh battery whil ethe 820 holds a 1650mAh battery.


All in all, Nokia really went to work to create a worthy successor, and if you have had an 820, there is no better time to upgrade, the Lumia 830 is truly the King of Mid-Range Lumia devices.

I expect it to do way better than the 820, and with its price range (at a little over $400), it has the potential to do even better than the 930.

Will you be upgrading to the Lumia 830?