Microsoft gives employees sneak peek at new ‘selfie’ phone

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Microsoft gives employees sneak peek at new 'selfie' phoneSEATTLE – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) hardware gave employees a sneak peek at a ‘selfie’ phone featuring a 5 megapixel forward-facing camera at an internal meeting this week, a source at the said on Tuesday.

Stephen Elop, the former Nokia CEO who runs Microsoft’s devices , showed off the phone in front thousands at the ’s annual employee meeting in Seattle on .

The 4.7 inch (11.9 cm) screen ‘selfie’ phone, plus another high-end Windows Phone, are expected to launch soon, according to tech news site The Verge, which first the news. [eap_ad_2] The 5 megapixel camera on the front the device is much more powerful Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPhone 5, with a 1.2 megapixel front camera, and the Microsoft phone’s screen is larger, making better-suited for users who want to pictures themselves.

Microsoft is jumping on the selfie bandwagon after rival Samsung (005930.KS) launched the Galaxy K Zoom earlier this year.

The ‘selfie’ craze, or taking a picture of yourself and friends, hit its peak earlier this year when Ellen DeGeneres posted a shot of luminaries at the Academy Awards which became the most popular message ever on Twitter. Oxford Dictionaries named ‘selfie’ its word of the year in 2013. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]