A bunch of companies have announced their own selfie phones and of course, the Microsoft Mobile division too had to be part of this trend. Here in Berlin the company has announced the Lumia 730 and Lumia 735 duo – two more mid-range products that come with an affordable price.
Microsoft says that the Lumia 730 is “built for Skype and selfies,” thanks to its wide-angle 5-megapixel HD front-facing camera. When you think of it, a front facing 5-MP camera should be decent enough for a mid-range device, but HTC has increased that in their latest Desire 820, offering a sensor of 8-megapixel.
If we exclude the selfie aspect, which was obviously put there for marketing purposes, the Lumia 730 is just another regular mid-range 4.7-inch (1280 x 720) handset. It’s worth noting, however, that it is running the latest Windows Phone 8.1 operating system and Microsoft’s new Lumia Denim update. In a few words, this software update comes with speed and other improvements to the Lumia Camera app.
The smartpone’s primary camera is a 6.7-megapixel shooter with LED flash, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is powering the Lumia 730. There’s also 1GB of RAM, just 8GB of storage but there’s MicroSD support. There’s also a dual-SIM support included with the Lumia 730, which should be useful especially in emerging markets.
The Lumia 735 is pretty much the same handset, only that it comes with with LTE support, instead of the dual-SIM functionality. Also, wireless charging shells will be supported on the Lumia 735, so Lumia 730 owners will have to use interchangeable shells without wireless charging. Both devices will ship in green, orange, dark grey, and white variants, the Lumia 730 being priced at 199 euros and the Lumia 735 at 219 euros.