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Microsoft Gives Employees Sneak Peek At New ‘Selfie’ Phone

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(CBS Seattle) — Microsoft has plans to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices soon — one of which is being described as a “selfie phone.”

At an internal company meeting on Monday, Devices Chief Stephen Elop revealed the prototypes and video teasers for the devices, according to The Verge. 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 phone’s front camera is more powerful than the 1.2-megapixel front camera on Apple’s iPhone. Microsoft’s phone’s screen is larger, making it better-suited for people who want to take pictures of themselves.

Samsung launched the Galazy K Zoom earlier this year, another phone aimed at pleasing consumers who frequently take “selfies.”

The other phone Microsoft revealed has the codename “Tesla.” It is described as an “affordable high-end phone” with a PureView camera. Tesla will reportedly debut as a Lumia 720 replacement, and mark a new effort by Microsoft to push PureView down to even lower prices.

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