Microsoft’s new Lumia smartphones to feature iris scanner and facial recognition

August 11, 2015 - 

Microsoft is currently preparing to release two new Lumia smartphone models that will feature an iris scanner and facial recognition capabilities, as early as October, according to a report by KRWG News 22.

Following up the releases of the Windows 10 OS for PC and Windows 10 OS for Surface and Surface Pro devices, the software giant is also planning on releasing the Windows 10 Mobile OS.

The news continues ongoing rumors, which first began to surface in May, that Microsoft would release the Windows 10 Mobile OS version alongside new Microsoft Lumia flagship smartphones, later this year.

The iris authentication component is made possible by the Windows Hello security system of Microsoft’s recently released Windows 10, which saw 14 million downloads within only 24 hours of its release.

Soon after Microsoft acquired Nokia, the company has been experiencing significant losses in the mobile phones division, which it has since rebranded as the ‘Microsoft Mobiles’ division.

It was previous reported that Microsoft had plans for a continuum feature, iris scanning, facial recognition and many other hardware functionalities such as the surface pen.

The new Lumia phones — Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL – are said to feature functions such as support for the surface pen, as well as the iris scanning technology associated with the Microsoft Hello system.

Users will be able to simply look at the screen to instantly unlock the smartphone while preventing any one else from accessing their phone, ensuring maximum privacy.

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