This is Microsoft’s selfie-centric smartphone – the Lumia 730

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Rumours of a selfie-centric smartphone from Microsoft have been doing the rounds for a while, and it seems that its latest project got itself caught on camera.

Selfies have been the focus for a number of smartphone makers, with Sony developing a better camera sensor for that exact purpose. Even Huawei came up with the term “groufie”, a group selfie for their new P7 phone.

What is thought to be the Lumia 730, and code-named  ‘Superman’, the smartphone looks practically identical to the Lumia 720 but it has the all-important selfie camera on the front end. And according to media reports the phone will pack a 5 megapixel camera and will have a 4.7-inch display.

The rumoured Lumia 730
The rumoured Lumia 730…

From the images obtained by WPCentral, it is clear there is a firmware update inbound as well, which more than likely will be timed with the release of Windows Phone 8.1 Update 1 or Update 2 – scheduled for some time in November.

“The name of this firmware is Debian Red, which is the actual name of a colour, though more often associated with the Linux Distro. However, Debian Red is very likely the internal codename, similar to how Lumia Black was originally called ‘Bittersweet Shimmer’ and Lumia Cyan was ‘Cherry Blossom Pink’,” wrote WPCentral.

They also noted that the firmware names do follow an alphabetical system with A for Amber, Black, Cyan and now D for Debian Red.

[Source, Image – WPCentral, Shutterstock]

Charlie Fripp

Charlie Fripp

Charlie started his professional life as a motoring journalist for a community newspaper in Mpumalanga, Charlie explored different journalistic angles since his entry into the fast-paced world of publishing in 2006. While fostering a passion for the arts, Charlie developed a love for technology – both which allowed him to serve as Entertainment and Technology Editor for an online publication. Charlie has since been heavily involved in consumer technology for various websites and publications. He thoroughly enjoys World War II films and cerebral documentaries; aviation; photography and indie music. Oh yes, and he also has a rather strange obsession with collecting coffee mugs from his travels.