If you were worried about the future of Nokia phones after the company has been taken over by Microsoft, you can put your mind at ease. Microsoft completed its acquisition of Nokia’s mobile device arm last week and by the looks of the process went down peacefully and without any harm to Windows Phone devices. In fact, we already have a few details the first WP 8.1 smartphone released by Microsoft. It’s codenamed Superman and as rumors suggest it will feature the best front-facing camera a Windows phone has ever had.
Microsoft Superman Phone to feature 5MP front camera
Microsoft Superman phone is expected to come with a 5-megapixel user-facing sensor which by far beats the vast majority of released smartphones at least on this side of the globe. Chinese manufacturers discovered how important self-photography is to users years ago and since then have equipped even lower-end phones with great front-facing cameras. Outside of China, however, manufacturers haven’t acknowledged the demand and leading smartphone makers didn’t go above 2 megapixels. HTC was the first one in 2014 to bring a 5-megapixel front snapper to its flagship HTC One M8. Microsoft apparently will be the second.
Besides the 5-megapixel camera, the Superman is still covered in a veil of secrecy. The phone definitely won’t be a high-end flagship but rather a mid-range offering with decent price. It’s expected to sport a 4.7-inch touch screen of unknown resolution. Launch date is also pretty hazy at the moment. We do know that the device is currently in the making and Microsoft plans to bring it to the market some time later this year but nothing beyond that.
The company is also working on two Windows Phone 8.1 updates. The first one will be out in June. The second update is due later in the year and most likely will be released together with the Superman. We are also still waiting on the Goldfinger which is currently undergoing testing, as well as two other Windows Phone 8.1 handsets which are scheduled for launch in 2014.