The “first affordable flagship” is here, the Lumia 830 from Microsoft. You can always check out what that flagship phone is about, but if you’re a selfie kind of person — and you haven’t purchased the Sony Xperia C3, the Android “selfie phone” — you will be interested in the Lumia 735 (and 730 dual SIM variant).
Microsoft claims there are 50 billion selfies taken, so it’s time to improve all of those, both in terms of framing, and quality of the stills. The way to achieve that is not only via hardware, but also with the help of special software; that’s where the new Lumia Selfie app comes into play, for all your selfie photo editing and manipulation needs (which also works with the back camera, as demonstrated on the new Lumia 830, handy for smartphones lacking front-facers). The app will ship on new devices and will be available for all Lumia Windows Phones in the Windows Phone store.
The front-facer, a 5MP camera, can also be used for Skype calls, and Microsoft will bring free three-month Skype Unlimited World1 subscription with the purchase of one of these new Lumia phones.
In terms of hardware, the Lumia 735 will support 4G LTE networks, while the Lumia 730 dual-SIM will be confined to 3G network operation. Both devices will be on sale globally beginning this month, for about 219EUR for the Lumia 735, and 199EUR for the dual SIM Lumia 730.
Under the hood you will find a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4.7-inch 720p display, a 2,220mAh battery, as well as a 6.7MP main camera (with Zeiss optics, and “the largest aperture on a smartphone”, at f/1.9). Color options will include bright green, bright orange, dark grey, and bright white.