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July 30, 2014

Microsoft reveals new ‘selfie’ phone

Employees given sneak peak of 5MP societal mirror.

By Ben Sullivan

Microsoft has revealed a ‘selfie’ orientated smartphone to its employees, a source at the company has told Reuters.

Stephen Elop, former Nokia CEO who is now in charge of Microsoft Devices, showed off the device at Microsoft’s annual employee gathering in Seattle this week.

The phone has a 4.7-inch screen, with a front-facing 5MP camera that is of a higher specification than the iPhone 5. The phone will presumably run on Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s mobile operating system that utilises the Cortana virtual assistant.

The iPhone 5 only has a 1.2MP front-facing camera, and a slightly smaller screen.

Microsoft Devices has unveiled a new Nokia Lumia smartphone that is the cheapest Lumia so far, coming in at €100.

The Nokia Lumia 530, a Windows Phone 8.1 device, should build on the success of last year’s Lumia 520 which was one of the most popular Windows Phone 8.1 handsets.

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It’s got a 5MP camera, with a 1,430mAh battery which claims to give up to 10 hours of talk time and 22 days worth of standby.
The 530 also has a 4-inch 854×480 LCD touchscreen, a 1/2GHz processor and 4GB of internal storage.

Jo Harlow, Corporate VP of Microsoft Devices Group, said: "We are moving quickly to help more people experience the uncompromised Lumia technologies, third party apps, and Microsoft services that we deliver on our flagship products.

"Lumia 530 underscores our commitment to making affordable smartphones for everyone, and introducing more people to the best of Microsoft."

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