America is the only country that went from barbarism to decadence without civilisation in between. - Oscar Wilde
MICROSOFT HAS DROPPED the biggest hint yet that its rumoured "selfie" smartphone is coming, having teased the arrival of a handset in its IFA invitation.
The invitation that landed in The INQUIRER inbox on Monday reads, "Ready for more?," which in itself gives little away. However, in the teaser, the letter "O" has been swapped out for a camera lens that looks similar to that of the Lumia 1020, hinting that the firm is planning to release a camera-focused smartphone at next month's technology show in Germany.
This phone could be the rumoured Nokia Lumia 730, which online speculation has nominated as the first "selfie" phone to come out of Microsoft, with the handset expected to feature a 5MP front-facing camera.
Not much else is known about the so-called Lumia 730, but Microsoft's save the date invitation seems to suggest that it will be available in orange. It's also rumoured to run Microsoft's Windows Phone 8.1 mobile operating system, and is expected to feature a 4.7in HD screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and a mid-range price.
There's also talk that Microsoft will announce a second smartphone at IFA this year - the Nokia Lumia 830 - which reportedly will look to bring Pureview technology to the masses.
The firm is going to be battling for the limelight, however. Samsung is expected to unveil both the Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Alpha at next month's German technology show, while Sony reportedly is gearing up to launch the flagship Sony Xperia Z3.
Microsoft's IFA press conference will take place on 4 September, and we'll be there to bring you all the latest. µ
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