Microsoft's new Lumia 730 and 735 revealed in leaked images

Earlier this month, images were leaked that gave us our first good look at the upcoming Lumia 730. Known also by its internal development codename, 'Superman', the 730 has also come to be referred to as Microsoft's "selfie phone", as the device is said to feature a high-quality 5-megapixel front-facing camera. 

Today, more images have surfaced of the new handset via Tieba Baidu, giving us a much clearer look at its design. 

The images show the new Lumia in black and white for the first time, revealing design cues from early Lumia Windows Phones, such as the 800 and 900. They also appear to confirm that there will be two variants of the handset: the Lumia 730 Dual-SIM and the Lumia 735 4G. 

Given the handset's supposed focus on photography, it is notable that the device does not include a dedicated hardware camera button. Like a growing number of other Windows Phones, the 730 also lacks physical Back, Start and Search buttons on the front, in favor of on-screen 'soft keys' instead.

But the mid-range device is expected to feature some pretty decent specs nonetheless, including: 

  • 4.7-inch 720p display
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor 
  • 8GB of onboard storage (plus microSD slot) 
  • 6-8 megapixel camera with ZEISS optics
  • Lumia 'Debian Red' firmware 

The Lumia 730 will be one of two devices to make its début next month - the Lumia 830 will also be unveiled alongside it at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

Source: Tieba Baidu via WPCentral | images via Tieba Baidu

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"selfie phone"???


It's a phone you can video call on.

Unlike that stupid cheap 630/635, which lacks a front-facing camera, and replaced the perfectly video call capable 620/625 we had been supplying our workers with.

In fact, looking at the specs and the screen size, this looks to be the actual replacement for the 620/625. Same screen size, similar body. The phone the 630/635 SHOULD have been.

Nokia aren't exactly stretching themselves in the Handset design stakes lately. Now they're trucking out old ones?

After seeing a G3 and HTC One yesterday, Nokia's stuff is starting to look dated. Plus they can never seem to get a handle on the chunk and weight distribution of their devices.

I prefer the rounded corners, and dislike the blunt ones...

Even so, since the Lumia 920 was one of their best-selling phones, I think it's smart to resurrect that design for a midrange phone that was already a strong seller. It kind of brings a premium look to a midrange phone.

Edited by cybersaurusrex, Aug 29 2014, 8:11pm :

I like the 900-ish look, but cant find a reason to be excited about this other than it having a more modern processor.

Not the Debian you are thinking of, I reckon.

From that page:

"The name of this firmware is 'Debian Red,' which is the actual name of a color, though more often associated with the Linux Distro. However, Debian Red' is very likely the internal codename, similar to how Lumia Black was originally called 'Bittersweet Shimmer' and Lumia Cyan was 'Cherry Blossom Pink.' The firmware names go in alphabetical order, starting with A for Amber, Black, Cyan and now D for Debian Red."

I have my doubts about these photos.

This phone seems to be unibody, yet the 730 tested by FCC looks to have a removable back cover.

Yeah, love the proper Lumia look (930 and 925) are just awful.

Unfortunately, the device doesn't have a camera button, so I'll have to pass on this...

I think the trend is going to continue, they have a 630 and 635, now a 730 and 735, wouldn't surprise me if they do a 830 and 835 as well.