Microsoft is about to release a premium phone and a selfie phone

Microsoft’s got two new phones set to launch imminently. The first is a so-called “selfie phone,” the second is a premium Lumia. The first makes us want to give up all hope, the second has definite potential. According to The Verge, Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop recently revealed the two new phones at a company meaning. The selfie phone is a 4.7-incher with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The premium phone is expected to be an “affordable” successor to the Nokia Lumia 720 (830?), complete with a PureView camera and a design similar to the recent 930, except less hefty.

Microsoft is planning to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices shortly. Sources familiar with the company’s plans tell The Verge that Microsoft devices chief Stephen Elop revealed both handsets during an internal company meeting this week. Elop showed off what he described as a “selfie phone” during the presentation, alongside video teasers of the two handsets. Microsoft’s selfie phone was previously revealed as codename Superman, a handset with a 5-megapixel forward-facing camera and 4.7-inch display. The second handset is codenamed “Tesla,” and recently appeared in leaked images. Elop described the Tesla handset as an “affordable high-end phone” with a PureView camera. Tesla will likely debut as a Lumia 720 replacement, and it mark a new effort by Microsoft to push PureView down to even lower price points. The handset looks similar to the squared Lumia 930, but we understand it will be thinner and less bulky.

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