More Windows Phone 8.1 screenshots leak, confirm on-screen buttons and separate volume controls

The Windows Phone 8.1 update is approaching, and with it Microsoft will pepper the somewhat bland interface with new options, it seems. We already had a notification center leaking out, now two more screenshots appear, showcasing more goodies are in store.

First off, they confirm on-screen buttons will be possible with the WP 8.1 update, so that theoretically phones can be made more compact, moving the navigation keys on the display itself. 

As we saw with Android, though, that's not always the case, and some on-screen button phones are as large as the rest with the same display diagonal, while others with physical or capacitive keys, are rather compact.

Next screenshot demonstrates the separate volume controls that are allegedly coming with Windows Phone 8.1 - one for the ringer and system notifications, and another for media and apps.

These go right above the settings icon and music player controls, in what seems to be a pull-down status bar, similar to Android and iOS now. Windows Phone 8.1 might also bring support for higher resolution displays, and Microsoft's Cortana voice-controlled assistant, so there's apparently plenty to look forward to.

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