Nokia wants to up your selfie quality, two Windows Phone 8.1 updates targeted for 2014

The best selfie of all time

The Windows Phone handsets built by Nokia, but now owned by Microsoft, help to differentiate themselves from their competitors by focusing on camera technology. With the Lumia 1020 pushing the boundaries of smartphone imaging capabilities, the Lumia line is about to put your mug front and center with a phone that’s designed for taking selfies.

That’s right, a new device, code named ‘Superman’, will debut later this year that will have a front facing camera with a 5 MP sensor that will help you capture your selfies with new level of clarity when compared to existing devices that generally have a 1-2MP front facing camera.

The ‘Superman’ device is reported to have a 4.7in display and will arrive near the end of the year, provided Microsoft doesn’t change these plans as they are now in-charge of the Lumia roadmap. The fun is not over for Windows Phone either as two updates are on the plate for Windows Phone 8.1 for this year with the first update targeted for June.

To no surprise, Nokia had many phones in the pipeline for 2014 and the ‘Goldfinger’ device that will ship with some 3D features got pushed back a bit as some of the features needed for the phone did not ship with Windows Phone 8.1.

Seeing as the acquisition of Nokia’s handset division is now complete, the roadmap Nokia had outlined could change dramatically, or not at all, now that Microsoft is in the driver seat. With that being said, we would hope that Microsoft will adhere to Nokia’s aggressive roll-out strategy of putting new phones into the market at a consistent rate to keep the line-up always fresh.

Only time will tell how Microsoft will handle its new 25,000 employees and what the roadmap will look like under Nadella. But, we can only hope that the aggressive nature of Nokia will live on under the new Redmond structure. 

Source: The Verge | Image Credit: Nasa

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I'm ok with this because sometimes I like to take a pic with my kids and wife standing in front of something interesting or whatever. I want a high quality version of that and the ability to see what I'm doing. Right now I take 2-3 pics and just settle for one that works well enough. So, yeah, this isn't a bad thing. Besides, it's logical to assume that FF cameras will just get better. They need to. They suck. :p

June seems a bit... soon, no? Just two months after the 8.1 reveal, and just one month after general availability of the first 8.1 phones... I wouldn't be surprised if that slipped into July.

pmbAustin said,
June seems a bit... soon, no? Just two months after the 8.1 reveal, and just one month after general availability of the first 8.1 phones... I wouldn't be surprised if that slipped into July.


Well Update 2 was released in July and Update 3 in October, just 3 months apart. It depends on how much they pack into it I guess.

pmbAustin said,
June seems a bit... soon, no? Just two months after the 8.1 reveal, and just one month after general availability of the first 8.1 phones... I wouldn't be surprised if that slipped into July.


The first update is said to be mostly bug fixes and little else, nothing new with features, those should be in update 2 which is later this year from the sounds of it. So with just bug fixes it doesn't take long to come up with it, June sounds possible.

hardquest said,
Hope that they will re brand Nokia to Surface :)

Nope, they gave it the all inspiring name "Microsoft Mobile".

All the surface name stands for to a lot of people is a device they either cant get or cant afford. Nokias name carries more weight in the phone world, and surface devices aren't exactly setting the world alight now. Best to stick with what works which is Nokia branding.

hardquest said,
Hope that they will re brand Nokia to Surface :)

The phones will still be called Lumia, they bought the brand when they bought the phone division. The only change is where it said Nokia on the back/front of the phones it'll probably now just say Lumia or nothing at all.

Also Microsoft Mobile is the name of the division, nothing more.

efjay said,
All the surface name stands for to a lot of people is a device they either cant get or cant afford.

Beautifully summed up... more's the pity.

Island Dog said,
Selfie phones......no. Just no.

Why not? I routinely video conference at work with a phone or tablet. Having a better FFC experience would defiantly be welcomed.