Microsoft sends out IFA invites, hints at selfie camera-centric device


We’ve already heard from Sony, Samsung and Huawei as far as their presence at the IFA in Berlin is concerned. Their invites have quite expectedly included teasers about upcoming devices that we are likely to see show up early next month. Microsoft is joining that league too. The company just sent press invites to its IFA event on the 4th of September.

microsoft ifa 2014 invite

You’ve probably heard of that so-called Lumia Superman. The device that is touted to included a 5 megapixel front-facing camera for “pure”View  selfies. That all-familiar Lumia 1020 camera bump shows up on the invite card all but confirming what is in store. So will the Lumia 730 which leaked images suggested is just a mid-ranger with a better FFC finally show up or there’s something else? We’ll find out soon. Or probably sooner since everything leaks. Eventually.

What do we know about the Lumia 730 so far? Nothing much is in the open but recent are sufficient to build a reliable case for it. A day ago, a Vietnamese retailer leaked the image below and several details like the device’s purported pricing: $240. For an expected midrange device that’s fine. In fact very exciting but until things get official, you can never be cock sure.

lumia 730

Expected specs of the device are:

  • Display: 4.7 inch HD
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 clocked at 1.2 GHz and backed by an Adreno 305 GPU
  • Memory: 1 GB RAM / 8 GB internal storage
  • Camera: 5 MP front-facing camera; 8 MP main camera
  • OS: Windows Phone 8.1 (not sure whether the purported Debian Red is Update 1 or an unannounced Update 2)
  • Battery: 2000mAh

The above images are consistent with the first look we had at the device (or a test unit) several days ago when WPCentral outed several images that showed off the Debian Red firmware update. The device is expected to have a dual-SIM variant as well.

Besides the 730, there’s word another device, the Lumia 830, is also in the works and may be unveiled on the 4th of September as well. There are not many details about that particular device but a 13 MP shooter is being touted as well. Those two would essentially close the 2014 lineup that started with the 930 and 630 at Build and then the budget 530 later on.