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.