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Rumor: Nay to fingerprint reader, yay to iris scanner on Microsoft Lumia 940 XL

The next step in mobile biometric authentication is almost here, according to serial leaker @evleaks, no matter if Samsung is ready to adopt it or not.

Iris scanner

Android device manufacturers haven’t been able to strike while the iron was hot, Apple refrained from green-lighting what many deem immature technology (what else is new?), and so, out of nowhere, Microsoft reportedly gets the chance to pioneer iris-recognizing smartphones.

Both a great honor and huge risk, this will at least guarantee the upcoming Lumia 940 XL a comfy place under the spotlight once Windows 10 Mobile is ready for primetime. They say Redmond’s first high-end phablet may actually precede the Galaxy Note 5 to stores, which gives Nokia’s patrons and brand executioners even more hope for a long overdue Win Phone, sorry, Mobile rise.

Lumia 930

Intriguingly enough, the Lumia family skipped the fingerprint fad altogether, a fairly wise call given all those non-Touch ID sensors still feel decidedly gimmicky. Meanwhile, if someone can build the perfect, 100 percent secure and functional eye scanner, a world of possibilities opens for hands-free gadget unlocking, mobile payments and so on and so forth.

Of course, very little of what we’ve recently heard about the Lumia 940 and 940 XL, as well as the 840 and 840 XL, qualifies as bona fide, factual information. But the iris recognition tidbit comes from Twitter powerhouse @evleaks, and we frankly can’t remember the last time one of his reports didn’t check out.

To reiterate a few of the jumbo-sized handheld’s other premium features, we’d like to emphasize Quad HD screen resolution, octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processing power, 3 GB RAM, Carl Zeiss OIS 20 MP rear camera, 5 MP selfie shooter and 3,300 mAh battery. Run for your life, Galaxy S6!

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