Nokia to take selfies seriously with next Windows Phone, codename Superman

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According to the latest rumor, Nokia (well, Microsoft) will make taking selfies the focal point (sorry) of a future Lumia smartphone release. Codename Superman, the Windows Phone device is expected to have a 5-megapixel front camera — well beyond what we’re used to seeing on Nokia’s hardware.

The news comes from an anonymous source speaking to The Verge, who adds that the phone will most likely be a mid-range handset with a 4.7-inch display. It’s not going to be out tomorrow though, and we may have to wait until later this year before it goes on sale. Nokia announced the new Lumia 930, Lumia 635, and Lumia 630 during the Microsoft Build conference earlier this month, so a wait for any new phones normal.

High megapixel selfie cams are nothing new. They’ve been around on phones sold in Asia for some time, but have only recently started to show up on mainstream hardware in the U.S. and Europe. The HTC One M8 already has a 5-megapixel camera above the screen, as does the Huawei Ascend P6 and Ascend G6, the Lenovo Vibe X, and even the Blu Life Pro. Nokia will need to add some pretty special features if it wants to still attract attention from a 5-megapixel camera in six months time.

Talk of the Superman phone was joined by an update on a rumor which had almost been forgotten. Remember the Nokia Goldfinger? We heard a little about it last year, and were intrigued by talk of a gesture control system where you wouldn’t need to touch the screen, just wave your hands about above it. Apparently, the phone is still in development, and has been held back due to support for the feature not being included in the first version of Windows Phone 8.1.