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Nokia Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ goes official, takes a jab at Samsung

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Nokia Lumia 730 ‘selfie phone’ goes official, takes a jab at Samsung

Nokia’s ‘Selfie’ phone is real and it is on a mission to fix bad selfies. Welcome the Nokia Lumia 730 that has just been uncovered at IFA 2014.

So how does the Lumia 730 improve selfies? It has a front shooter with a wide-angle lens that gets more into the frame, and the resolution of the camera is the quite detailed 5 megapixels.

Despite this being a low/mid-range phone, Nokia did not pass on the opportunity to take a jab at the big guys from Samsung and Apple. It showed the famous Ellen DeGeneris selfie at the Oscars, and commented that it could have been much better if it had used the technologies from this latest Lumia phone.

The Lumia 730 will also come with a selfie app pre-loaded, and it’d allow you to tweak various aspects of an image with beautify effects, filters, and it could even whiten teeth.

That’s all good, but what about the Lumia 730 as a smartphone? Here are its spec highlights:

  • Windows Phone 8.1
  • 4.7-inch 720 x 1280-pixel HD ClearBlack OLED display
  • Snapdragon 400 chip running at up 1.2GHz, Adreno 305
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 6.7-megapixel rear camera with f/1.9 lens
  • 5-megapixels front camera with an f/2.4 22mm wide-angle lens
  • 8GB of storage with microSD support

It’s also worth noting that the devices will come in two models: the Lumia 735 with 4G LTE and Lumia 730 with dual SIM connectivity and 3G.

The dual SIM Lumia 730 is priced at €199, while the Lumia 735 will set you back €219. As a bonus, Microsoft is also bundling in three months of free Skype Unlimited subscription.

source: Nokia Conversations

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posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:57 8

1. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


Wow f/1.9 lens...MS surely going the right way :)

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:59 4

2. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


that front cam was amazing

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:00 3

4. DogeShibe (Posts: 1113; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)


It has to be :)

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 03:59 1

3. NokiaFTW (Posts: 2072; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Wow! That front camera is really good. Well done MS! Impressed by both the mid rangers today. Now just get the One M8 with Windows to India please.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:09 4

47. Spedez (Posts: 451; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


MS my arse. It's the leftovers from Nokia who also pulled this thing out. Are you going to say well done Lenovo for the upcoming Motorola phone launch too?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:01 3

5. refillable (Posts: 1047; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)


If this is really $200 this might be a steal.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 09:39

57. MC1123 (Posts: 1256; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)


It's in € so it will be higher than $200

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:01

6. mistercarter (Posts: 360; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


if they want to make a great selfie phone, all they need to make is a phone with the same camera on the front and on the back. period

posted on 05 Sep 2014, 12:55

60. dexter_jdr (Posts: 1163; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)


like the oppo n1?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:02 1

7. naittosan (Posts: 234; Member since: 28 Jun 2014)


What's with all this 4.7in crap. If it's not 5in or more it's too small.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:08 4

9. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


then go buy lumia 1320, dont expect each and every phone to meet your requiremens

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:38

18. DeDex (Posts: 108; Member since: 01 Sep 2014)


Too small for what? For whom? Don't think everyone thinks the way you do.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:10

31. tigermcm (Posts: 856; Member since: 02 Sep 2009)


so 2 yrs ago how did you survive?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:04 2

8. SuperMaoriBro (Posts: 527; Member since: 23 Jun 2012)


There was a time i really liked wp8.1 and lumias. I dont know what happened but i dont feel the love anymore.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:10 1

48. Spedez (Posts: 451; Member since: 29 Aug 2014)


Elop happened.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:08 3

10. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


I loved it I think it's an awesome idea the dual sim is also an awesome idea but I really wished it wasn't so camera centric ! and 1020 successor pls ?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:40

19. geordie8t1 (unregistered)


yeah its about a year since the lumia 1020 arrived right? so uless it was a 1 off then we should be seeing an updated version right about this time, so either well done to nokiasoft for keeping it under wraps or they are not developing a new model.....

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:06

25. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


yeah because the 1020 can't even do 4k screen recording

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:16

33. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


Well depends on if the update which supports 4k comes to the 1020, I didn't see a list of which processors or devices will get it.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:25

35. microsoftnokiawin (Posts: 1178; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


it isn't :(

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:13 9

11. gigaraga (Posts: 1454; Member since: 29 Mar 2013)


Well taking a jab at a much older Note 3 is pretty childish. Why don't they try taking a jab at the Note 4? Oh wait, they can't because their selfie cam's not good enough

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:20 5

12. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


can note 4 front camera take 11 people in selfie? did you watch the event or just came here and comment?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:28 10

15. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


LOL the irony is killing me xD Did you watch the Samsung's event ?!?!

They took a selfie with the entire audience (YES ENTIRE AUDIENCE OF 1000s) with their front camera's panoramic feature. Let alone 11 people.

Easily the worst fail of the day.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 04:51 5

21. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


so when did panorama became selfie? even worst 0.3mp cam theorotically can take the whole city with panorama. its just a software trick. in panorama mode you lost many things like focus on your face.

lets compare front cam of note 4 and lumia 730.

-both have 1.9 aperture
-lumia 730 has 5mp compare to 3.7mp of note 3
-lumia 730 has 24mm focal length i dont know of note 4.

by judging by the above specs lumia 730 is clear winner, lets wait for the review to see more

and lets not forget the software side of lumia 730 with amazing selfie app with tweaks and filters to make you selfie even more awesome

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:08 6

27. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


Wow .....you do realize you are digging a grave for yourself, right ?

1. So a selfie is a 'selfie' when its with 11 people but not with 1000s. Care to show how did you come to that conclusion ?

2. So 1.3mp higher means 'its clear winner' ?! Biased much ?

3. First of all you dis Note 4 as panorama is 'software trick' then you go about praising the 'amazing selfie app'. Care to explain how that app is not a software trick ?

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:29 3

36. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


when nokia demonstrate their 5mp selfie camera 11 people where there, but only one was main focus. camera was focus on one people, i mean his eyes, chin, mounth and face while others can be seen beside him.

if messi take selfie with barcelona team mate his face will be seen infront while barca team mate will be seen beside him, that is selfie

panorama is not self at all because of;
1. in panorama mode how are you going to focus on your eyes, chin, mouth, nose?
2.when you move your hand to take panorama you lose angle and that idea of exaggerating the size of the eyes and giving the impression of a slender pointed chin is lost.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:37 5

38. tech2 (Posts: 3475; Member since: 26 Oct 2012)


'if messi take selfie with barcelona team mate his face will be seen infront while barca team mate will be seen beside him, that is selfie'

That is EXACTLY what Samsung did !The person taking the selfie was in focus while the rest of the audience behind !!!!! Please go see the presentation before further embarrassing yourself ! No offence.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 06:01 1

44. hemedans (Posts: 538; Member since: 01 Jun 2013)


i brought evidence with me now.

this is the only selfie they take in note 4 event
http://i.imgur.com/0xmGLqV.png

and this is the one from nokia
http://geekongadgets.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Screen-Shot-2014-09-04-at-6.38.28-pm-300x187.png

and this is called panoramic selfie which i disagree is not selfie
http://i.imgur.com/vnylSiR.png

compare the above two

then look at the third image and you tell me if it is selfie

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 07:16

52. PapaSmurf (Posts: 10457; Member since: 14 May 2012)


It is a selfie lol.

Glad to see tech2 stepped in for me and made you look like you had no idea what you were talking about.

posted on 04 Sep 2014, 05:33 1

37. haseebzahid (Posts: 1853; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)


meanwhile i am loving my 930 :P

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