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Selfie Smartphones Coming from HTC and Microsoft

People have been snapping selfies for quite some time now, so I find it a little strange that the smartphone industry is just now focusing on them, but I suppose they’re just as popular as ever. HTC and Microsoft are just the latest companies releasing devices geared towards snapping a picture of your classy mug.

HTC is releasing the Desire 820, a mid-range (and presumably budget) smartphone with a 5.5-inch display, Qualcomm octa-core 64-bit processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB storage, a 2600 mAh battery, a 13MP rear camera, and the pice de rsistance: an 8MP front-facing camera. I know eight megapixels doesn’t sound like a whole lot, but that’s pretty generous for a front camera, which is why this is a selfie phone.

There are also software options available to enhance your pictures, features such as “live makeup” that let’s you tweak the “skin smoothing” before you take a picture. There’s also a feature that let’s you combine your face with that of someone else in case you’re nostalgic for Conan O’Brien’s old “If They Mated” bit.

The Desire 820 will arrive later this fall, but there’s no further details on release date or any details on pricing.

Selfie Smartphones Coming from HTC and Microsoft

Microsoft’s “selfie phone” is the long-awaited Lumia 730, which Microsoft advertises as “built for Skype and selfies.” The front-facing camera on the Lumia 730 is 5MP. That’s three megapixels less than what the Desire 820 offers, but the Lumia’s camera shoots in HD with a wide-angle lens, two things that the HTC device doesn’t seem to have. The Lumia 730 also offers selfie-centric apps and features.

The rest of the Lumia 730 specs are as follows: 4.7-inch display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (with MicroSD slot), 6.7MP rear camera, and Windows Phone 8.1 running it all. Microsoft is releasing two models, one with dual-SIM functionality and one with LTE support, the latter known as the Lumia 735. Both models will be available in green, orange, dark grey, and white variants. Both handsets will be released this month with the Lumia 730 costing around $257 and the Lumia 735 costing around $283. You can check out videos from both Microsoft and HTC below.


via Mobile Syrup and The Verge

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