News by Luke Jones on Thursday August 14, 2014.
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We have been hearing plenty about Microsoft's latest Nokia Lumia device recently, the Lumia 730. The handset is a new budget device that is camera focused and set to appeal to the selfie crowd, although in the wider picture the smartphone is a replacement for the outgoing Lumia 720. Today we have some more concrete information on when the handset will launch, with a Vietnamese retailer letting the proverbial cat out of the bag.The 720 was one of Nokia's success stories as the Finnish brand helped to put Microsoft's Windows Phone on the map. It was a solid mid to low range effort that had neat looks and a good price tag, it was a good seller for Nokia in emerging markets. Microsoft will be hoping for similar with the 720's successor, and the Lumia 730 does seem well equipped enough to do that. The Nokia by Microsoft Lumia 730 will launch in Vietnam by the end of August and will cost 5,000,000 VND (240USD). If the smartphone can retain that enticing price tag in other markets then it will be a compelling option for the budget minded, especially those not particularly engrained in any platform. We suspect that Microsoft will offer an official launch of the device before it rolls out in Vietnam or other regions, so we expect an announcement in the coming days. As for specs, the Lumia 730 will get a 4.7-inch 720p display, with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM powering things. Also on board will be an Adreno 305 GPU, and the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1, Cortana and all depending on region. This device has been reported to be a selfie phone, and while we do not necessarily share that view, it does pack a 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss lens on the front and a 6.7MP lens on the rear. Storage will be taken care of by a modest 8GB of on board, so we really hope there is expandable storage but we think not. source: WMPoweruser
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