SEATTLE – Microsoft Corp’s (MSFT.O) hardware chief 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 company said on Tuesday.
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 reported the news. [eap_ad_2] The 5 megapixel camera on the front of the device is much more powerful than Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O) iPhone 5, with a 1.2 megapixel front camera, and the Microsoft phone’s screen is larger, making it better-suited for users who want to take pictures of 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 Hollywood 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]