Rumor: Microsoft Lumia 940XL to feature an iris scanner

Rumor: Microsoft Lumia 940XL to feature an iris scanner
Ever since the Vivo X5 Pro came to market carrying an iris scanner embedded in its front-facing camera, we've been hearing about more manufacturers interested in including this feature with their new handsets. We mentioned how the TCL 3S offers an iris scanner on a phone that is priced at the equivalent of $129 USD. And last month there was talk that an iris scanner will grace the two new high-end Lumia models being prepped by Microsoft. Those are the handsets that sport the codenames Lumia Talkman and Lumia Cityman.

What makes this interesting is a comment made by evleaks. The highly regarded serial leaker sent out a tweet today confirming that an iris scanner will be employed on the Cityman. This model is believed to be the Microsoft Lumia 940XL, while the Talkman is expected to be the Microsoft Lumia 940.

According to the latest comScore report, Windows Phone lost 21% of its market share between January and April. Will an iris scanner be able to turn around the fortunes at Microsoft? 


source: @evleaks via WMPoweruser

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22 Comments

1. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont know that iris scanner will turn any fortune or not but I am sure if they will improve on the camera of 930 in 940 then surely it will attract many customers... for example, I was never been a fan of windows on mobile but I am waiting to see 940 and will buy if it meet the expectations

16. waddup121 unregistered

Sammy woulda been the first to adopt iris scanners.

24. Penny

Posts: 1847; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well pretty much anything will turn their fortune right now. They've essentially put Windows Phone on hold until Windows 10, so I'm sure many of their existing customers left for a complete lack of activity from Microsoft. They really better deliver with Windows Phone 10. When you hold off on releasing flagships for this long, promise a universal platform, and are desperately behind in the market, you need to do something incredible to get your swagger back.

2. SIGPRO

Posts: 2815; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

MS will come around because they only released a few phones. They are waiting for W10 to be finished, personally waiting for a Lumia 1020 successor! Currently using a 1520, and I love it!

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Can't wait for the Lumia 940.....

6. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Waiting for 1020 successor currently using nokia 808 lumia 830 and lumia 1520 and I'm really pleased with all of the especially the 1520.

9. Ashoaib

Posts: 3276; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I am also using pureview 808 and very angry on nokia that what it has done to old line of phones... no apps no updates, nothing

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

808 pureview is not what i call a success it's specs are all based except for the camera 1020 is the true successor of it although it's camera is a little weaker.

8. WallStreetWolf

Posts: 289; Member since: Apr 08, 2013

Microsoft has made some big announcements this past year. I am excited to see what the Windows 10 flagships have to offer. An app catalog improvement with the new porting feature will surely entice me going further. Continuum as well. I have a 635 just for checking out the Windows 10 features, but the top line phones will definitely have much more capability.

10. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Honestly, as good as this phone is hyped to be, windows phone in general needs more high end devices. The only one that has happened in the last year is the M8. Choice is a great thing, and a necessity in this situation. WP can't grow without it.

19. unklmik

Posts: 14; Member since: Dec 01, 2014

I personally could care less about an iris scanner. Just wish the 940XL would release sooner than later. I'm really sick of a two year wait for a flagship; no wonder market share is abysmal. But I will be a Windows loyalist and wait for another 4 months. If, however, no flagship by Oct. 2015, I'm gone to Android.

21. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

The question is .. will this work in low light? -.-

22. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

My questions are 1.Is this more secure than fingerprint scanners? 2.Will it work reliably?

23. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Give me 930 with good battery and micro SD option! That's all I want!

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

mircosd is ok, I rather have 128gb internal personally, much much much faster than any sdcard on the market. Give me 4GB ram, AMD apu, 24MP Canon sensor 5.2in screen and I am set. Oh and 3500mah battery.

33. tobyB

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Elitewolverine is right about that one! I like microsd expansion but I would make the payments work on a 64 or 128gb option on a lumia 940. The camera also SHOULD be 24 rather than 20 considering how much progress they could make from the 1020 and 1520 which were already great. 3gb would be enough for me though. Snapdragon 810 isn't a must either, 808 or even 805 wouldn't disappoint me if it was for the sake of not overheating or wasting the battery with the beautiful full HD screen in the rumors. I see great potential in these specs and really hope that windows can nail this prodigal son of a flagship. I'll be supporting this platform as long as there is progress being made and I feel like this is a step in the right direction. Keep sending them feedback like this! A Canon sensor on my new Lumia would be very welcome in my new phone ;) let's please not make these too exclusive to specific carriers either. Not everyone can jump to a more expensive plan to test drive the new windows 10 phone so I hope they do their best to make these phones more widely available than any other model :) don't forget native stylus support! Like the MS surface pen BUT more suited for mobile phones. I'll be hoping for something amazing to come out of all this

26. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Still Waiting for 830 sucessor

28. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

folks Microsoft has not had a new Flagship smart phone on the market for awhile now. in American where people are willing to pay for Decent windows smart phone this too too long a wait. I am Verizon smart phone Owner and wanted to upgrade to a Verizon Icon from a Nokia Lumia 928 but Verizon does not sell it anymore what's wrong with Verizon? I could egt pone but Verizon and Microsoft should have had a Verizon ICON replacement up for sale by now. the Samsung and HTC M8 do not have as good a camera as My Nokia Lumia 928. I could buy a used Nokia Lumia ICON some where else but that is not the point Verizon does not sell the ICON or Nokia Limia 928 or Nokia Lumia ICON and the Microsoft smart phones ZVerizon is going to start selling is not up to the standards I want for my New windows smart phone. Verizon needs the 940XL to give Verizon Windows smart phone Fans like me a Decent higher level smart phone than what they have to sell us today !

29. b0wzer

Posts: 103; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Hopefully the 940 and 940XL won't be exclusive to AT&T or you may have to wait much longer.

31. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

If they make the 940 exclusive to ANYONE they are shooting themselves in teh foot and the game is over for WindowsPhone. It will always just be a niche product. They HAVE to launch at all carriers, AT&T, VERIZON and T-MOBILE at minimum. Apple and Samsung realized a while ago.. real demand is when its sold at ALL carriers.

30. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Been a Windows Phone fan for a while.. but the lack of support by the carriers has been deafening. We are left with nothing but the low end phones, the high end phones either don't exist, or are not supported anymore or usually both. Heck my HTC M8 One was only sold at T-mobile for a month or so and then only online. Add to that I should have just gotten a new 925 when, the camera sucks so bad, now its too late as T-mobile quit supporting them too.. SO.. I am going through eBay to get a 1020 RM-877 simply for the camera as I have a big trip soon and can't find a 930 that works on T-Mobile. My son sells cell phones and FiOS and was a Windows Phone person too but now sells Samsung mainly because Verizon has also quit supporting any of their Windows phones and didn't really support them when they had them. Its simple. MS needs to create demand, create a phone that hits it out of the park with specs and camera, sell it for half a iPhone and at ALL carriers.. on launch day. Only selling at AT&T or Verizon or.. where ever sucks balls.. and does not create a unified demand. iPhone sells to all, Samsung to all, etc.. etc.. Then they have to promote the crap out of it with money at the stores, and HUGE displays at Best Buy.. This half assed way of selling their phones is killing them. OH and call the phone the MS SURFACE phone.. use the brand equity they have in the Surface. God they are stupid.

32. tobyB

Posts: 4; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Elitewolverine is right about that one! I like microsd expansion but I would make the payments work on a 64 or 128gb option on a lumia 940. The camera also SHOULD be 24 rather than 20 considering how much progress they could make from the 1020 and 1520 which were already great. 3gb would be enough for me though. Snapdragon 810 isn't a must either, 808 or even 805 wouldn't disappoint me if it was for the sake of not overheating or wasting the battery with the beautiful full HD screen in the rumors. I see great potential in these specs and really hope that windows can nail this prodigal son of a flagship. I'll be supporting this platform as long as there is progress being made and I feel like this is a step in the right direction. Keep sending them feedback like this! A Canon sensor on my new Lumia would be very welcome in my new phone ;) let's please not make these too exclusive to specific carriers either. Not everyone can jump to a more expensive plan to test drive the new windows 10 phone so I hope they do their best to make these phones more widely available than any other model :) don't forget native stylus support! Like the MS surface pen BUT more suited for mobile phones. Can't Wai!

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