Microsoft Plans Pen Support, Face Scan For Windows 10 Phones

Microsoft Plans Pen Support, Face Scan For Windows 10 Phones

Microsoft is planning two new Lumia devices for holiday sales. Though some specifications of the handsets have been leaked earlier, Windows Central notes the upcoming devices will have biometric features such as an iris scanner.

Is Microsoft bringing Surface Pen technology to Lumia?

Apart from the iris scanner, which is related to the Windows Hello feature in Windows 10, Microsoft is also planning to include Surface Pen technology in one of the Lumia’s, notes Windows Central.

Both the Lumia’s will be equipped with a 20 megapixel PureView camera with XL having an added advantage of triple LED flash. If reports in Windows Central are to be believed, the Lumia 950XL will include the Surface Pen technology, and a new smart cover having a circular cut for easy access to notifications.

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The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will not be sold by Verizon, and only At&T will be selling the Lumia 950.

Expected specs of both the handsets

Full specifications of both handsets are provided by Windows Central.

Talkman or the Lumia 950 is expected to have a matte white or black polycarbonate body with a 5.2-inch WQHD (1440×2560) OLED display and Snapdragon 808, 64-bit Hexa core. The device will have 3GB of RAM and a 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. Along with an iris scanner and 20MP PureView rear camera, Microsoft Lumia 950 will be equipped with a 5MP wide-angle front facing camera and 3000 mAh removable battery. The phone will support Qi wireless charging with a flip cover and USB Type-C.

Separately, the larger Lumia 950 XL or Cityman will also have a matte white or black polycarbonate body, and a 5.7-inch WQHD (1440×2560) OLED display powered by Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core. Along with an iris scanner, the device will have 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is expected to have 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash along with a 1 mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod, and a 5MP wide-angle front facing camera. The device would be equipped with aluminum side buttons and a 3300 mAh removable battery.

To date, there have been no hints about Microsoft’s plans for launching these two new handsets. But Windows Central expects both handsets to be available later this year with Windows 10 mobile pre-installed.

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