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New Windows 10 phones may boast iris-scanning tech and Pen support

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Lumia 950 Concept

Earlier this week we brought a leaked spec-sheet for the forthcoming Lumia 950 and 950 XL phones, but now it appears the devices will boast a few more bells and whistles than previously thought.

The handsets, which will likely be the first to run the Windows 10 operating system, will also have iris-scanning technology that’ll enable users to log-in via the Windows Hello platform.

Beyond that, they will also boast Surface Pen support, bringing Galaxy Note and Microsoft Surface Pro-like handwriting and annotation.

See also: Windows 10 Phone Technical Preview hands-on

The report from Windows Central also brings its own understanding of the spec sheets for the devices codenamed Cityman and Talkman, corroborating the reports from this week.

The Talkman (Lumia 950) will apparently boast a 5.2-inch 1440x2560 OLED display, a 64-bit six-core Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM.

The cameras will be a 20-megapixel PureView on the rear and a wide-angled 5-megapixel on the front of the handset, while everything will be powered by a 3000mAh battery.

This ties in with the previous reports out of China, as does the presence of Type-C USB connectivity and 32GB of internal storage with microSD support.

As for Cityman (Lumia 950 XL), it’ll boast a larger 5.7-inch screen of the same resolution with an octo-core Snapdragon 810 processor and a 3300mAh battery.

Other slight upgrades on the larger device include a 1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the camera pod and aluminium side buttons.

The phones are expected to launch in time for the holiday season.

ghostsniper779

July 23, 2015, 10:15 pm

This is why I hate contracts, right before they announced windows 10 I got the HTC one m8 because it had the best hardware, now this is by far superior and with pen support...

Travis Immortalis

July 23, 2015, 10:58 pm

Microsoft has a history of releasing a new OS every three years (XP was an exception, lasting far longer). With this in mind, if you're going to have a Windows phone, then you might want to consider only renewing your contract (and replacing your phone at the same time) during the first year after a new OS release.
For example, I got my Lumia 920 and renewed my contract with AT&T as soon as Win8 phones were released. The phone was top-of-the-line at the time, and has served me well for all these three years...have had no need to replace it before. Now that Win10 phones are coming in a few months, I'm ready to finally retire my 920 and get the new 950 described above...and my contract status with AT&T is very much eligible for renewal.

ghostsniper779

July 23, 2015, 11:02 pm

I know, I had seen reports I shouldn't have believed saying that 8.1 was to delay the new OS by two more years because it was such a big change for phone and PC. I have been following that plan otherwise but made the mistake listening to media talking out of their ass about these things. At least I can break mine if I pay 75% of the phone price.

Dead Words

July 24, 2015, 3:51 am

We've known about the iris-scanning technology for weeks if not months. The pen support is relatively new information however (I myself read it on WindowsCentral just today).

Tom

July 24, 2015, 10:36 am

Any chance of a 4" version as well microsoft for those of use who are happy with smaller more portable phones?

LeeTronix

July 24, 2015, 10:52 am

Look forward to when it is released and we will so how good it is. In principle it sounds great and I hope it is.

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