You know, selfies are all the rage these days. Almost everyone you know is busy posting their selfies on the web, even the biggest celebs and heads of state out there have caught up with the selfie phenomenon. And most certainly, smartphone makers are trying hard to cash in on the craze by offering better front-facing cameras. We saw the Oppo N1 feature a rotatable camera that allowed users to use its 13-megapixel camera to shoot selfies. A lot of Chinese Android smartphones these days come equipped with 5 or 8MP front-facing cameras. Sony and HTC have also launched their selfie-focussed smartphone featuring a 5MP front-facing camera.
Nokia Lumia 730/735 leaked
With its Windows Phone sales not doing as well as they anticipated, Microsoft is looking to entice buyers with their upcoming mid-range Lumia 730/735. Both devices are similar except for their network connectivity specifications. The Lumia 730 will be a dual-SIM smartphone targeted at emerging markets and will come with 3G connectivity, and the Lumia 735 will be sold in more affluent markets with 4G LTE connectivity on board.
Images of the two smartphones were leaked on Chinese social media site, Baidu. They show two identical-looking devices – one in black and the other in white. The handsets feature the familiar Nokia Lumia look and with no visible design changes over previous Lumia handsets. The rumored specs for the Lumia 735/730 include a 4.7-inch ClearBlack display with HD (1280 x 720) resolution, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory with a microSD slot for expansion, an 8MP rear camera with 1080p video recording, a 5MP front-facing wide-angle camera, and a new Lumia “Debian Red” firmware. Both handsets should come withWindows Phone 8.1 out of the box.
Both devices are expected to show up on September 4th at Microsoft’s IFA event in Berlin. The successors to the Lumia 720 and the 820 are also expected to be announced in the same event.