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Microsoft Likely to Introduce New Iris Scanner (or Facial Recognition) for Next-Gen Smartphone on Tuesday

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Now that Apple and Google have updated their hardware for the Christmas season, it's now Microsoft's turn to do so this coming Tuesday. They'll be introducing next-gen Surface hybrid devices, Microsoft Band 2 and new Microsoft Nokia phones, at minimum. A leaked photo from the Twitter site called Win10Love shows us that Microsoft will introduce a biometric iris scanner so as to differentiate their phones from the leading iPhone which uses fingerprint technology to login securely and quickly. The Iris scanner will support the Windows Hello feature.


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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Specifications


Microsoft's top-of-the-line smartphone being released this week is likely to offer the following specifications:


Matte White or black polycarbonate body

Dual-SIM optional

5.7 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display

Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core

Iris scanner (near-infrared) for Windows Hello

3GB of RAM

32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up 2TB micro SD card)

20MP f/1.9 PureView camera with triple LED flash

5MP Wide-angle front facing camera

3300 mAh removable battery

Qi wireless charging

Glance Screen

Qualcomm rapid charge

USB Type-C




It'll be interesting to see if Microsoft actually delivers an iris scanner on Tuesday or if they'll introduce a new facial recognition feature instead. Technically speaking, Windows 10 supports both technologies. Both Samsung and Google have patents for the possible use of iris scanning in the future. Will Microsoft be able to beat their competitors to market with this advanced biometric feature? We'll know that answer to that one on Tuesday.


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