News by Luke Jones on Thursday June 18, 2015.
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Verizon has announced that it will begin carrying the Microsoft Lumia 735, with the U.S. based carrier selling the smartphone from today onwards. That means that Big Red is the only carrier in the United States to be offering Microsoft mid-range device that used to be called the Nokia Lumia 735 before Microsoft rebranded it.We broke the story last month the Verizon would offer the Lumia 735 and it is good news for Microsoft as the company looks for more exposure in its home country. Verizon is offering the handset for $79.99 for a two year contract, or 24 months of $8 payments on the Verizon Edge Plan.
And that's exactly how Microsoft is building up the handset, pointing to its 5 megapixel front camera as the ultimate selfie experience. The company has not just slapped any old hardware on this either, and while that 5MP lens may seem relatively tame on paper, it is actually a wide angle lens, which is something even some flagships do not get. Microsoft has even created a Lumia Selfie app that works as a standalone application that allows the user to access selfies more quickly. The software also delivers plenty of post photo editing options which are very extensive in terms of cropping, cutting, slimming down, and a whole lot in between. While the app is bundled in the Lumia 730/735 software, Microsoft says it will be available through the Windows Store for all Lumia devices. As someone who does not do selfies I can readily admit that I do not get it, I do not understand why this device needs to be marketed as a selfie phone rather than a solid budget option with a very good front facing camera. Does the tag of being a selfie smartphone help to sell more units? I guess it does and I am just acting like a grumpy old man. Aside from that front facing snapper, the Lumia 730/735 also gets a 4.7-inch 720p ClearBlack display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM, 2,220mAh battery, 8GB internal storage, and a 6.7MP rear-facing f/1.9 camera. Microsoft also said that the device will come with three months of free Skype calls, while confirming that all Lumia handsets will also get this freebie.
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