Microsoft has just officially announced the Lumia 730/735 at the #moreLumia event in Germany. The devices have been rumored since April, with even a subtle hint dropped at the last #moreLumia event in San Francisco.
The Lumia 730 features
Nokia’s Microsoft’s largest front facing camera with a 5MP resolution, allowing users to take higher-quality selfies, a huge trend in today’s social world of Instagram and Snapchat. Before this, Nokia has largely stuck with 1.2/1.3MP FFC, which are fairly decent, but never seem to quite do the job. To demonstrate the wide angle capabilities of the device, Chris Weber took a group selfie with some members of the Microsoft team wearing Germany football shirts, effectively re-creating Ellen DeGeneres’ famous Oscar selfie.
Weber also demonstrated a new app called the “Selfie App”, which is really an updated version of Nokia Glam-Me, that lets you use the front-facing camera (or rear camera for those without a FFC) to take and edit selfies with a number of filters and editing features. The 730 is also the first Lumia to capture full 1080p HD video, and Weber demonstrated how you can now open a Skype call using Cortana. Beyond the front-facing camera, the Lumia 730 is largely a mid-range smartphone with a design reminiscent of the Lumia 720 and the X series phones. Note that the device does not include a dedicated camera button.
- Windows Phone 8.1.1 with Lumia Denim
- 4.7-inch ClearBlack Super Sensitive HD OLED display (720×1280)
- 2220mAh Battery
- 1GB RAM
- 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400
- 8GB Internal Storage (Micro SD support up to 128GB)
- 6.7MP Fixed-Focus Rear Camera (f/1.9)
- 5MP Front-Facing Camera (f/2.4), Full HD video
- Dual SIM support
- Virtual navigation buttons
The 730 will start shipping this month for about €199 before taxes and subsidies. It come in a variety of colors, bright green, bright orange, dark grey and white. The 735 was also announced alongside it as a 4G LTE, single-SIM variant of the 730. This will feature built-in wireless charging, and will priced at about €219 before taxes and subsidies. It will also ship this month in the same bright colors as the 730. There were no specific country/carrier announcements made, but we will update as soon as there’s word.
Source: Nokia Conversations
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