New Nokia 'Lumia 730' to include 1 GB of RAM, Quad-core processor and dual-SIM
The Lumia 730, known internally as "Superman," is a forthcoming successor to the mid-range Lumia 720 from early 2013. Yesterday, the first photos of the device came forward, along with the new firmware, codenamed 'Debian Red.' At the time, the one piece of the puzzle missing came down to specifications. Luckily, we now have some more information to connect the dots.
According to our source of the original photos the Lumia 730 looks to be the ideal mid-range Windows Phone 8.1 device, as the specifications (if accurate) should please most at this price range.
We should caution that these specifications are unofficial and therefore could change.
Lumia 73x "Superman"
- 4.7-inch (likely FWVGA at 854 x 480, but possibly 720P)
- 1 GB of RAM
- Quad-core processor (unknown speed)
- 8GB internal storage
- Micro SD expansion up to 128 GB
- 6.1 MP rear camera
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Dual SIM
- No dedicated camera button
- Weight, unknown (described as "super light")
Although the processor speed is unknown, it is likely Snapdragon 400 with a 1.6 or 1.7 GHz CPU. It seems unlikely that Microsoft would opt for the higher-end Snapdragon 800 in this series due to pricing constraints. Notwithstanding, a user report claims it feels "really smooth" when compared to the Lumia 920.
The 1 GB of RAM, if proven accurate, could make this phone a sleeper hit if it is priced right. In the past, Nokia has preferred 512 MB of RAM for their lower tier phones. As the original Lumia 720 came with 512 MB of RAM, the chances the Lumia 730 would arrive with the same was a distinct possibility. With 1 GB of RAM and a beefier processor, the Lumia 730 could install any app or game on the Windows Phone store, something that 512 MB phones could not.
Adding a dual SIM to this line also gives it a lead for emerging markets, especially in India and China, where dual SIMs are the norm. It is unknown if there is a Lumia 730 (single SIM) and a Lumia 735 (dual SIM), paralleling the Lumia 630 and Lumia 635 series.
When it comes to the camera, Tom Warren at the Verge reports that the Lumia 730 comes with a 5 MP front-facing camera, which is ideal for the growing 'selfie' trend. Indeed, photos can be saved at 4 MP, suggesting that it is in the 4.1 to 5 MP range for the actual camera. As to the rear camera, Nokia appears to be sticking with 6.1 MP as photos save at 5 MP (16:9) and 6 MP (4:3). The original Lumia 720 had one of the best lower-tier cameras we have used, often taking super sharp photos that were better than the Lumia 820. Nokia later went on to use the same camera module in their Lumia 2520 tablet.
Finally, micro SD expansion and 8 GB of internal storage matches the Lumia 720's specifications, so it makes sense to mirror that with the Lumia 730. Combined with Windows Phone 8.1's ability to have apps and games installed to the micro SD card, users can get up to 136 GB of total storage.
The Lumia 73x is expected to launch sometime this fall, possibly with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or even Update 2, which is expected by November.
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i like the on screen buttons, but the only thing i only see on rumored phones (W8 - and a phablet called tiger) they both have a little 4 button to hide them, i think it's pretty cool to have it on 630 as well
In india 1 million moto g/e phones are sold in 4 months. They are only available through single online retailer yet it put moto ahead of Nokia in q2. Xiaomi launched Mi3 at same price ($230) as moto g but has specs like SD 800, full HD display, 2 GB RAM, 13 mp camera, 3050mAh battery. Its selling very well and its actually a great phone for the price I am afraid its the end for WP and Lumia in India. Its also same for Samsung, HTC, LG, Sony etc...
Lumia 520 did very well because of price to performance ratio is fantastic but Nokia didn't follow it up with the succeeding phones. Lumia 630 should have been 530. Also they should have priced it at around 8k.
Moto was able to outsell Nokia by huge margin even if they are available online only. Samsung decline started this year and I am sure they will go down much faster from here.
Once Xiaomi releases Redmi 1S its going to be tough for everyone. They did the same in China. They are already announced that they will make more units available for redmi 1S. They already increased the no of units for mi3. Android is getting better performance wise and the high specs at low prices means trouble for your WP and OEMs like Samsung. Redmi 1S will have same specs as this phone (Lumia 730) and priced at $115. Moto g price is now $175.
Rather get a nexus 5 for a bit more(its cheap locally)
Edit: I use WP8.1 PD+update 1, but without Lumia cyan... Maybe those things get better after cyan update...
Micarast , I'm not so sure since only the high end icon/930 and 1520 have it for now
I may upgrade from mine. ;)
This article says it is simier so what shall I think. Cause I found it deserving once again.! Will wait for this phone.
Let's hope Tesla or 830 doesn't make the same mistake.
Lumia 1020 uses AMOLED and have Glance knows your facts straight
Well thank God at least there's still "Nokia" brand written on it.
Meaby the 830 or something like that it's going to be an actual successor to the 720 and 820.
Just saying. But I like this, have a 4.7" screen, just like my Lumia 625, better resolution, a more powerful hardware, a slightly better camera, a perfect successor, yesh indeed.
1020: Best camera, no sd support, bad battery.
720: Best battery life, sd support, low ram.
1520: Good camera, excellent screen, too massive, sd support, amazing battery.
930: Beautiful design, decent battery, awesome screen, no sd, no glance.
730: Nice design, possible decent screen, sd support, best ffc yet, mid range specs
620 - 630
720 - 730
820 - 830
920 - 930
1020 - 1030
1320 - 1330
1520 - 1530 exchange is better for Lumia devices
It sold more confirm
Nokia 520 user loves it because we wait combination of quad core and 1 gb ram.
It is only another one which rival with Lumia 520
This World is rotten!
please! single sim version!
P.S. You need only two devices : low-cost and premium.
Hey Microsoft, we need a SMALL phone alternative with good specs! Enough with the phablets.
4.7 ain't THAT big, even for an Asian whom generally have smaller hands
I think the omission of shutter button is due to the cost; this is a midrange phone, so MSFT wouldn't want to spend too much to manufacture of they're going to keep its price low and that's YOUR free marketing lesson for today
Why you release another tablet ?
I want a phone !
It better has a 720p resolution, otherwise another Nokia/ms hardware fail ! If this does not get glance, the fail will be epic.
Finger crossed ✌
Bittersweet Shimmer* - Black
Cherry Blossom - Cyan
Debian Red - (some simpler name) *this is my favorite! Posted via Windows Phone Central App
Lumia 630 - 8GB 512MB 480p 4.5" 5MP ~$100
Lumia 730 - 8GB 1GB 720p 4.7" 6MP ~$200
Lumia 830 - 16GB 2GB 720p 4.7" 13MP ~$300
Lumia 930 - 32GB 2GB 1080p 5" 20MP ~$400
Lumia 1030 - 64GB 3GB 1080p 5" 40MP ~$600