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Microsoft to launch a 'selfie' phone with 5MP front camera, Windows Phone 8.1

Nokia Lumia 720 'replacement' also incoming
Tue Jul 29 2014, 14:22
Nokia Lumia 530 with Windows Phone 8.1

MICROSOFT REPORTEDLY is gearing up to launch its first "selfie" phone along with an affordable Lumia 720 replacement.

That's according to The Verge, which has heard from sources familiar with the company's plans that Microsoft is planning to launch two Windows Phone 8.1 handsets "imminently", after Stephen Elop showed off the devices at an internal meeting this week.

The first of these is codenamed the "Superman" and will look to challenge the HTC One M8 with its 5MP front-facing "selfie" camera. Not much else is known about the Windows Phone 8.1 handset, but The Verge notes that it likely will have a 4.7in screen and an affordable price.

Microsoft might have some competition on its hands, as rumours surfaced earlier this week that HTC was planning a Windows Phone version of its flagship Android handset.

The so-called "Superman" phone reportedly will launch along with a second handset codenamed the "Tesla," which likely will be a replacement for the Nokia Lumia 720. The device, which likely will arrive with Microsoft branding, reportedly will feature a Pureview camera, a design similar to the Lumia 930 and an equally affordable price.

Last month, we heard that Microsoft was also planning to launch a sequel to the Nokia Lumia 1020 that would be the first Windows Phone device to feature Kinect-style sensors inside, allowing users to control the phone using gestures. Codenamed the McLaren, this sdevice was also rumoured to feature a bumper rear-facing camera, featuring a "hump similar to the Lumia 1020".

However, in The Verge's report there is no mention of the so-called McLaren, adding weight to the rumours that Microsoft has shelved the device. µ


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