More and more smartphones are being equipped with fingerprint scanners, but now it seems that Microsoft is ready to come with an even better authentication method. Some hard-to-believe rumors have started circulating in the online environment, suggesting that the upcoming Lumia 940 flagship will be launched sporting an iris scanner.
At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, we’ve seen Microsoft announce only the 640 and 640 XL handsets, but many were hoping for a flagship handset. This didn’t happen because Microsoft wants to ship it with a final version of Windows 10 on it. And while the software team at Microsoft is focused on this, other employees seem to have some rather creative ideas.
The next Windows Phone flagship is said to be the Lumia 940, and Microsoft doesn’t want Windows 10 to be the single sales incentive. The company is said to add an iris scanner for biometric authentication, in a time when phone-makers have probably already made long-standing partnerships with suppliers for fingerprint scanners.
This would definitely be a unique feature and could bring the ‘wow’ factor. The scanner is said to rely on near-infrared light, so before you ask, it would work in the dark, as well. Of course, if this is remotely true, there’s still a lot of work to be done behind the curtains to make sure it can’t be hacked.
But this is not all. The device is also rumored to come with support for a docking station, which would allow either to connect to other accessories or function as a stand-alone computer, similar to what Motorola Atrix hoped to achieve. Personally, I think a docking station for accessories makes much more sense, since you would potentially be able to, say, recharge your Microsoft Band from it.
The smartphone is also said to be powered by a 28nm Snapdragon 805, or a 20nm Snapdragon 810. It could feature a whopping 20-30 Megapixel camera and 3 LED flash lights. So, what do you think, is this possible? Sound off by leaving your comment below.