Microsoft teases IFA 2014 Lumia event: selfie-tastic Lumia 730 to top the bill?

Microsoft teases IFA 2014 Lumia event: selfie-tastic Lumia 730 to top the bill?The first few days of September were already looking pretty good for new mobile goodies, and Microsoft has added to the fun by teasing its own IFA 2014-focused event.

Falling the day after Sony and Samsung's gigs, Microsoft's event in Berlin on 4 September should see at least one new Lumia smartphone announced – with the recently leaked Lumia 730 “selfie phone” the most likely candidate.

The invite's main tagline asks us if we're “ready for more?”, with the O in “more” replaced by a circular photo of a camera lens. And in case that's too subtle for you, below that is the line “join us for more face time” – an obvious reference to the Lumia 730's expected 5MP front-facing snapper.

Beyond that, the Lumia 730 is expected to have a 4.7in 720p display, a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, and a 2,000mAh battery.

Aside from the 5MP front camera there should be an 8MP sensor round the back – though there's talk of an alternative version of the handset that lowers the front selfie cam's credentials but gives you a more advanced 13MP cam around the back.

If the Lumia 730 is indeed about to break cover, there's a good chance it won't be alone. Just today has come another leak from TK Tech News outing the Lumia 830, which is set to feature a smaller 4.5in display – also 720p – but has a full 20MP PureView camera, along with the expected LTE support and Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1.

Those specs – and what little sense there still is in the Lumia naming strategy – suggest the Lumia 830 is the more premium of the two, but the Lumia 730's selfie gimmick is likely to see it headlining the show for Microsoft in a few weeks' time.

Via GSMArena

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JanSt / MOD  Aug. 12, 2014 at 18:29

I would expect the much rumoured Lumia 830 to top the bill - a midranger with some highend features such as a Pureview camera... There are also rumours of an updated 1520.... which is less plausible given that the Lumia 1520 is fairly new. But hey, maybe they go all-in before Apple have their day?

mightyforest  Aug. 12, 2014 at 18:34

fingers crossed the 1030! is showcased but very unlikely

satchef1  Aug. 12, 2014 at 22:17

The 830 sounds intriguing. I'd be very happy with a 4.5" phone with Pureview camera - I'm fast losing interest in high-end phones and expensive, long-term contracts anyway.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2014 at 00:00

Yes, the Lumia 930 is a tiny bit too big. It's okay, but the 1020 is pretty much ideal...
I'd accept a 720p screen if the camera was good and lagfree...

Lets see what the W8 delivers! The M8's camera has its drawbacks, but it's fast and
often that counts for something.

B1zarr0Prim3  Aug. 13, 2014 at 09:06

I'm just hoping that something big gets announced for the end of the year.
I'm due for upgrade in January and so far its only the 930 and 830 that have got my attention. By January the 930 will already be 6 months old.
I remember this time 2 years ago I was constantly looking at articles about the 920. I'd already made up my mind that I was going to get one.
This year, there has been nothing like that. Could be down to 2 things though...
1. Windows Phone 8 was due for release back then
2. The Microsoft buy-out has caused some disruption this year.

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2014 at 10:07

I'm just hoping that something big gets announced for the end of the year.
I'm due for upgrade in January and so far its only the 930 and 830 that have got my attention. By January the 930 will already be 6 months old.
I remember this time 2 years ago I was constantly looking at articles about the 920. I'd already made up my mind that I was going to get one.
This year, there has been nothing like that. Could be down to 2 things though...
1. Windows Phone 8 was due for release back then
2. The Microsoft buy-out has caused some disruption this year.


True. The Lumia 930 is essentially the Verizon Icon. Out since February.
That means if Nokia/MS 'launch' something at IFA, and - going by past experience - that 'something' won't arrive for a while, there really hasn't been a flagshippy device since February. The Lumia 1520, imho, does not count - the size makes it thoroughly 'niche'.
Unlike the Samsung Notes it has no stylus and, really, nothing 'extra' to justify the enormous size. In fact, as much as I like it, the bulk gets in the way quite often.

Seeing that the Lumia 1020 is currently seriously discounted and, apparently, won't get support past some date in 2015, there's a chance they'll announce a real flagship.
Question is when would that 'flagship' launch?

Having said that: Bar any catastrophic fail on Apple's side, I expect a bigger-ish iPhone "6" to utterly destroy the market until after the xmas sales... Maybe Nokia will sit this one out? Focus on the software and services and churn out a couple of affordable midrangers?
Stinking against iPhone 6 and having HTC's W8 on the horizon has got to be daunting?

B1zarr0Prim3  Aug. 13, 2014 at 11:12

I'd like something of a similar size to the 920.
I can happily wait until February before getting something. There just needs to be something.

satchef1  Aug. 13, 2014 at 14:42

I have a funny feeling the W8 only exists because Microsoft don't have a replacement for the scrapped 'McLaren' lined up...

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 13, 2014 at 15:33

Well, HTC committed to more WP devices before the McL was scrapped...

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