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Nokia prepping two Windows Phone 8.1 smartphones

Nokia’s first Windows Phone 8.1 devices are expected to ship with 3D touch technology alongside various other nifty features – even if the devices are a long way off being released.

Twitter account @evleaks reported that Nokia Goldfinger and Moneypenny are “shaping up to be the first Windows Phone Blue [8.1] devices” with no further information given as to when the two devices will see the light of day.

Further to this news, sources familiar with Nokia plans told The Verge that Goldfinger, the top end device of the two, will have “3D touch”, which uses hardware sensors to detect movement and interactions “off-the-glass”.

It goes on to state that Goldfinger owners will be able to make hand gestures above and to the side of the device to interact with it and the gestures will let users scroll and flip anything that’s on the screen.

The technology has been in development at Nokia for some years now, according to sources, and is likely to be similar to the features included within Samsung’s Galaxy S4 smartphone.

Microsoft is working on the long-awaited Windows Phone 8.1 update, known for a while as Blue, and will release details on various features at Mobile World Congress [MWC] 2014. Among the expected new features is a personal digital assistant currently known as Cortana, a new notification centre and improvements to multi-tasking.

Nokia’s mobile devices now come under the Microsoft umbrella following a deal signed by the two back in September that saw Microsoft agreeing to buy Nokia’s mobile division as well as license its patents for 10 years all for the princely sum of £3.2 billion.

The next device to be released by Nokia is the upcoming Lumia 1520 6in phablet that was revealed late last month and will be the first to see the light of day since the Microsoft and Nokia deal was signed.

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