Rumor: Lumia 730 to launch next month with Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1 [Update]

Good news for Windows Phone fans as the latest rumor points to an upcoming launch of a brand new Lumia 730. The handset will fit in mid-range of the price spectrum but it’s supposed to have some distinguishing features.

NokiaPowerUser is reporting, via unnamed sources, that a Lumia 720 successor is not only in the works but that it may launch as soon as next month. According to this report the upgraded 720, very likely to named Lumia 730, will fit nicely in between the low-end 630 and the high-end 930.

The Lumia 730 reportedly has the product codes RM-983,984,985 – all of which we’ve seen running in the wild in some app data. The phone itself is rumoured to have some decent specs:

  • 5-inch, 720p screen
  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400
  • Adreno 305 GPU
  • 8-megapixel Zeiss rear camera
  • “big selfie cam” on the front

On top of this the device might feature a new design distancing itself a bit from the previous 720, as well as launch with Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1.

GDR1 is the next update destined for Windows Phone and we know it could launch as early as next week in preview form. So everything mentioned here lines up well with confirmed info.

Of course this isn’t official until it’s confirmed by Microsoft but we’re leaning towards this being true. The final result will come in next month with the launch – or lack thereof - of the device.

Update: Sorry folks but it looks like some wires got crossed. Part of this info is still correct but some of it refers to a second device coming soon from Microsoft. Please check our follow-up for more info.

Source: NokiaPowerUser

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Hmm... some websites say the screen is 4.7", which I'd prefer, but guess 5" would be ok too. I just hope the memory is 1 GB.

Quad-core cortex-A7 processor; not great but acceptable if they go for the max 1.6 GHz frequency but would've preferred if it was a dual-core SD 400 with krait cores at 1.7 GHz, like the lumia 1320.

This is the phone I've been looking for if the price is right.

majortom1981 said,
So they are basically taking the 920 and making it the 730?
Great! Isn't it? The 730 will probably be available with the same price tag as the 720 when it was introduced, so everyone should be happy. :)

Studio384 said,
Great! Isn't it? The 730 will probably be available with the same price tag as the 720 when it was introduced, so everyone should be happy. :)

And how much was the 720 at launch?

majortom1981 said,
So they are basically taking the 920 and making it the 730?
Actually if this phone has 1MB RAM (which I expect it will) except for the camera it will run rings around the 920.

Rumors say they have a "selfie" phone with a 5 Megapixel FFC which would be the biggest one used to date for a phone as far as I know.

As the Lumia 930 now features 2 GB, I wouldn't be surprised if the 1GB RAM is now also for the 7xx series and 8xx series. This device will probably feature 1 GB.

No worries, will get 1GB. This is not like the 5xx and 6xx series which cater more prepay markets. Also 720p probably requires the extra ram anyway.

Ruined? This is not android, most apps work at 512MB and Microsoft are working with vendors to ensure most apps work at 512MB

Hardly ruined, just a few of the latest games that don't run, for most other purposes 512mb is plenty. And as I said above I reckon they'll keep this at 512, otherwise why buy a 8XX or 9XX series?

Yeah if it has 1mb of ram it'll be hard to justify buying anything in a higher series. Pretty much the only advantage the 930 (and potential 830) will have are better cameras. Sure a bit more ram or cpu, but for most people that's not an issue.

Shame about the potential design change, I always thought the 720 was the perfect design and size, if only it had more than 512mb i'd have gotten it instead of the 920. So that's why I think they'll keep this low-mid range and have only 512 again.

TheShark said,
Yeah if it has 1mb of ram it'll be hard to justify buying anything in a higher series. Pretty much the only advantage the 930 (and potential 830) will have are better cameras. Sure a bit more ram or cpu, but for most people that's not an issue.

Shame about the potential design change, I always thought the 720 was the perfect design and size, if only it had more than 512mb i'd have gotten it instead of the 920. So that's why I think they'll keep this low-mid range and have only 512 again.

Well you'll have higher ppi, faster cpu and double ram along with camera. Not sure what else you can differentiate with for high end