Say what you may, but the difference between the midrange and high end Windows Phones usually comes down to a few extra megapixels, and few extra inches.

There just are not that many differentiating factors between the two segments — at least on the hardware side of things. And this is what Microsoft wants to shuffle things up in order to justify the high price tags that fans will want to pay for these top handsets.

One such factor is the inclusion of new technologies like 3D Touch.

We have been hearing about this new enhancement for some time now, most recently the Nokia McLaren, which is the codename for what is set to be the first device powered by this new 3D interface based on gestures and touch support.

Watch this video, if you want to know more about this new technology:

But as this report claims, Redmond is working on two such 3D Touch phones, both powered by Windows Phone 8.1, and both on track to be available by the end of the year.

First is, obviously, Nokia McLaren, which packs a 5.2-inch full HD (1080p) display, a 20-megapixel PureView camera along with 64GB of internal storage, though other models with lesser storage capacity will also be available for lower prices.

And secondly is an unannounced 6-inch phablet that is expected to replace the Lumia 1520, no further details of which are available as of this writing.

It could well be the refreshed Lumia 1525 that comes with an upgraded Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, but either way we should find out soon, provided these reports are true.

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  • Dennis

    I hope this technology pays off. It seems like it is capable of being worth a high price. If Microsoft can innovate their phones to the highest level, then they won’t have any problems selling it at a high-end price.

  • Ray C

    Microsoft needs to streamline the Lumia lineup. There are about 20 phones out there, and none of them are drastically different.