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Microsoft’s Windows 10 phones have pen support and will scan your face

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Microsoft is preparing two new Lumia devices for the holiday season. While some specifications have leaked previously, Windows Central is reporting that both devices will include an iris scanner to let you log into the phones with your face. This is a part of the Windows Hello feature in Windows 10. Alongside the iris scanning, Microsoft is also reportedly bringing its Surface Pen technology to both of its upcoming Lumia handsets.

A new smart cover and Surface Pen support

Windows Central reports that the larger Lumia 950 XL handset will include support for the Surface Pen and a new smart cover that has a circular cut out for easy access to notifications. The Microsoft enthusiast site also offers up a render of the "Cityman" device that's expected to be called the Lumia 950 XL when it goes on sale later this year. The Verge can confirm the render is accurate and close to what the device looks like.

It's not clear exactly when Microsoft plans to launch these two new handsets, but Windows Central claims Verizon will not offer the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL, leaving AT&T to sell just the 5.2-inch Lumia 950. Both handsets will ship with a 20-megapixel PureView camera, with the XL benefiting from a triple LED flash. Windows Central has posted the full specifications of both devices, and they'll be available with Windows 10 Mobile preinstalled later this year.

Update July 23rd, 5:50PM: article updated to clarify that only the Lumia 950 XL will reportedly ship with Surface Pen support.

Talkman (Lumia 950)

  • Matte White or black polycarbonate body
  • 5.2 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display
  • Snapdragon 808, 64-bit Hexa core
  • Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 20MP PureView rear camera
  • 5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
  • 3000 mAh removable battery
  • Qi wireless charging with flip cover
  • USB Type-C

Cityman (Lumia 950 XL)

  • Matte White or black polycarbonate body
  • 5.7 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display
  • Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core
  • Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
  • 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
  • 1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod
  • Aluminum side buttons
  • 5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
  • 3300 mAh removable battery
  • Qi wireless charging integrated
  • USB Type-C