HTC currently has the wide-angle “selfie” cam market on lockdown, but Nokia is set to challenge its supremacy with a Windows Phone 8.1-powered device later in the year. According to The Verge, Nokia’s ‘Superman’ model will be a 4.7-inch mid-range device with a 5MP front-facing camera, though it’s unclear whether the lens will be wide-angle like the One M8.
Microsoft, now that it has fully absorbed Nokia’s Devices & Services division, is set to launch new Lumia devices alongside major updates to the OS, two of which are scheduled for the remainder of the year. Nokia announced three new devices alongside Windows Phone 8.1 last month, the high-end Lumia 930 and entry-level Lumia 630 and 635 models, destined for developing markets. Microsoft’s staggered, more rapid rollout of Windows Phone 8.1 updates will further minimize many of the shortcomings of the OS compared to iOS and Android, and the company will almost certainly launch new devices at the same time.
The front camera is quickly becoming another place for manufacturers to differentiate themselves in a selfie-obsessed world, and though the megapixel count hasn’t really changed, the quality of the sensors and lenses have improved significantly. The HTC One M8 bucks the trend by sporting a 5MP camera on the front, which is of a higher resolution than its rear Ultrapixel camera.
Nokia is also slated to launch a device codenamed ‘Goldfinger’ later this year, which was reportedly delayed due to an important gesture-related feature not making it in time to the first rollout of Windows Phone 8.1.