Lumia730-smallMicrosoft and Nokia unveiled their ‘selfie phone’ this morning at a media event in Sandton, the Lumia 730.

The handset has been designed specifically for selfies and Skype calls in mind.

The front-facing 5-megapixel camera on the Lumia 730 has a wide angle lens to capture large group photos easily, as well as make video calls. And if you use Skype a lot, you get 3 months free Skype to landline calls. The front-camera can handle 1080p HD video. The main camera is 6.7-megapixels with LED flash.

Another big drawcard to the Lumia 730 is that it has dual SIM capabilities, which lets you choose your primary SIM. It takes a micro SIM. It will run Windows Phone 8.1 straight out of the box. Earlier at the event, I got to try the handset briefly (and take selfies) and loved how the phone felt in my hand. Reminded me of the very first Lumia I tried and liked – the Lumia 800. The 730 comes in bold colours – green, orange, white and black. The back covers are interchangeable, but do not support wireless charging.


The Lumia 630 is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB onboard storage, expandable up to 128GB and an additional 15GB of cloud storage with Microsoft OneDrive. The 4.7″ screen has a 1280×720 resolution (720p HD) with a 16:9 aspect ratio. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, 3G and screen projection. Battery capacity on the handset is 2220mAh, which is good.

The Lumia 730 will be available exclusively on Cell C from next week on the Smart Chat 1GB bundle at R229 pm. The data allocation is split into 512MB during regular hours, and the other 512MB from midnight to 6am. It will also be available on prepaid at R4499.


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