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Windows Phone fans finally have something to be excited for this year

Published Jul 29th, 2014 9:35AM EDT
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This hasn’t been the most exciting year for Windows Phone hardware, most likely because Microsoft has been devoting a lot of energy to finalizing its plans for what to do with the recently acquired Nokia handset division. However, things may be about to change because new reports suggest that we’re going to see some brand-new Windows Phone devices hit the market very soon.

The Verge’s Tom Warren reports that Microsoft is planning to release two new Windows Phone devices this fall — a low-end device that will be primarily marketed as a “selfie” phone that features a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a more high-end model that will feature a PureView camera and will be a replacement for the Lumia 720. Warren reports that the new PureView-equipped phone will be part of Microsoft’s attempt to “push PureView down to even lower price points” and will also be lighter and thinner than the Lumia 930, which was often criticized for being too bulky.

Microsoft isn’t the only company that’s about to release a high-end Windows Phone handset either — WPCentral’s sources say that HTC is going to come out with its Windows Phone version of the HTC One (M8) starting on August 21st. The device will be awkwardly named the HTC One (M8) for Windows and will feature the same BoomSound speakers and Duo Camera that you can find on the Android version. The downside, however, is that the device will very likely be a Verizon exclusive, which inherently limits its potential market.

Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.