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Rumor: Nokia Lumia 730 Could Take Super Selfies

Selfies aren't going away, but they may be getting better. Nokia is rumored to be preparing the Lumia 730, codenamed Superman, for a late August release on AT&T and Verizon. The new Lumia is supposed to sport a "big selfie cam" but otherwise carries mediocre specs.

Sources that spoke to Nokia Power User say the Lumia 730 will be a 5-inch handset with a relatively low-res 720p display. It'll also reportedly carry a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and an Adreno 305 GPU; and it will run Windows Phone 8.1 GDR1. Most interesting though, is the possible "big selfie cam in front" mentioned in the report and an 8-megapixel rear camera with a Carl-Zeiss lens that Nokia Power User's sources say will bring low-light improvements. 

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Details on Nokia's purported big selfie cam are sparse, but we expect just a 5-megapixel front camera on the Lumia Superman, since the phone appears to be an entry-level handset. That said, Nokia could pack software features to give your selfies an edge, such as its Glam Me feature that spiffs up your complexion and facial features.

Smartphone makers have focused on improving front-facing cameras for awhile now, with devices such as Huawei's Ascend Mate II and HTC's One M8 carrying 5-megapixel front shooters. Samsung's Galaxy K Zoom and LG's G3 both have 2.1-megapixel front setups, but they pack features such as complexion-smoothing filters for better portraits.

The Galaxy also sports a selfie alarm that lets you take higher quality selfies with the Galaxy's 20-megapixel rear camera. Since you can't see a preview of what's on the rear camera. the phone beeps when your face is in the spot you designated before turning the camera around. 

Nokia recently launched two new budget Lumias on T-Mobile — the 530 ($114) and the 635 ($168) — that carry 5-megapixel rear cameras and have no front shooters. The rumored Lumia 730 is expected to be a successor to the 720, which did not arrive stateside.

Staff Writer Cherlynn Low is still in love with her very first phone -- a Nokia 3310. Follow her @cherlynnlow and on Google+. Follow Tom's Guide at @tomsguide, on Facebook and on Google+.