Slapping highly capable front-facing cameras in addition to top-notch rear snappers on smartphones, both high-end and mid-range, seems to be the latest market trend for more than just a handful of China-based OEMs.
Sony has a selfie-centric Xperia, HTC is gearing up for the “Eye”, and Nokia’s “Superman” could be right around the corner. Remember Superman? No, not DC’s iconic man of steel. The Lumia handheld a fairly credible source pegged back in April for a “late 2014” launch with a 5 megapixel front cam.
Well, according to new, pretty much as reliable sources, “late 2014” might not be as late as you think. Reportedly, the Lumia 720 sequel is scheduled for an August bow stateside, on Verizon and AT&T, followed closely by a global spread.
The exact ETAs remain under wraps, however you should expect Ma Bell and Big Red announcements after August 20 and a subsequent old continent rollout beginning sometime in September. What’s the rush? For one thing, we’re guessing Microsoft wants to steal HTC Eye’s thunder.
Besides, the Lumia 720 is almost a year and a half old, and the 512 MB RAM/dual-core 1 GHz processor configuration isn’t getting any younger. Speaking of hardware, Superman, aka the RM-983, RM-984 or RM-985, purportedly packs a quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1 GB RAM and 8 MP Carl Zeiss main camera.
All upper mid-range material, and the rumored 5-inch 720p display falls in the same category. On the software side of things, the selfie hero will undoubtedly run Windows Phone 8.1, possibly with the upcoming GDR1 update patched right out the box. I’m no fan of duckfaces, but even I am intrigued.
Via [Nokia Power User]