September has been quite a month in the world of mobile phones as the main players jostle to get their new smartphones out there ready for the big run up to Christmas. Microsoft, keen to join in the party, unveiled two new handsets which will join the Nokia Lumia series - the Lumia 830 and the Lumia 730.

Nokia-Lumia-830-hero1The Lumia 830 is just a small step down from the flagship Nokia Lumia 930 and has been dubbed as the 'affordable flagship Lumia.' In terms of looks and design, it's pretty similar to the 930 and the rest of the Lumia family with its bright and vivid screen and a choice of super bright colours. The Lumia 830 boasts a 5-inch 720 x 1280 display which gives it a screen resolution of  294 pixels per inch. It's robust with aluminium within the frame and has a curved back and measures 8.5mm slim.

Available in 4 colours - white, black, green and orange - the Lumia 830 sports a great quality 10-megapixel rear camera which comes with an LED flash, autofocus and image stabilisation. It comes with an excellent feature to help you optimise the lighting of your image as it's able to take 2 shots at the same time, one of which uses the flash and the other doesn't and you can edit it to select the best lighting conditions to suit your photo. The Lumia Camera software has also been upgraded with some new features such as an improved burst mode shot and reaction times for shooting images is quicker.

Under the cover, the Lumia 830 has a decent 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor alongside 1GB of RAM. There's a microSD slot so the 16GB of built-in memory can be upped to a maximum of 128GB and the 2200mAh battery is charged wirelessly and gives around 15 hours of 3G talk time.

Nokia-Lumia-730Microsoft have also launched the Lumia 730 which has been dubbed the 'selfie phone' thanks to its wide angle 5-megapixel front facing camera which produces excellent selfies and video calls and enables you to fit more subject matter into your photos. On the rear is a 6.7-megapixel camera and there's even a new selfie app called Lumia Selfie complete with face detection and guided beeps to make sure you really do get the best angle for those selfie poses. It also comes with a great selection of editing tools to enhance and perfect your photos.

The Lumia 730 has a good size 4.7-inch display and the handset boasts a glossy finish in four colour variations which are white, black, green and red. Inside, it has the same quad-core Snapdragon 4000 processor together with 1GB of RAM and a similar battery. Onboard storage comes in at 8GB of expandable storage with a MicroSD card.

Both new Lumia smartphones should be with us in the next couple of weeks.