Lumia 940 release date, specs: 5.20-inch device may replace passwords with retina scanner


New rumors surface that reveal new details on the upcoming Lumia 940 flagship handsets from Microsoft.

According to GSM Arena, the Lumia 940 will have a 5.2-inch QHD screen that is capable of a 1400×2560 pixels resolution. Its sister unit, the Lumia 940 XL, will have a 5.7-inch screen.

GSM Arena did not reveal details about the 940 XL’s screen resolution.

As for batteries, the Lumia 940 will have a 3,000 mAh power unit while the 940 XL will be fitted with a 3,300 mAh battery.

Both phones will be given 20 megapixel rear facing cameras paired with a 5 MP front camera, together with 32 GB of phone storage and 3GB of RAM. GSM Arena speculated that the 940 will likely have a hexa-core processor like the Snapdragon 808 that is also found in LG’s G4 smartphone. An octo-core, possibly the Snapdragon 810 processor is likely to go to the Lumia 940 XL.

The two Lumia flagships will also have Type C USB connectors, which will enable them to switch from touch to desktop mode, and vice versa.

Various speculations circulate in the market about the upcoming Lumia 940 flagship models.

The Venture Capital Post had earlier reported that Microsoft intends to employ a retina scanner that works together with its proprietary Windows Hello software to get rid of passwords as a security feature.

The Windows Hello Software is designed for use in facial, retina and fingerprint scanning technologies, and is optimized for use in the upcoming Windows 10 operating system.

WPM Power User also reported that the Videos App for Windows 10, which is the operating system the Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL will be running on, will support folder-based navigation and MKV video feedback.

Nokia Power User revealed that Windows 10 will also enable users to access notifications and recently opened apps without leaving the Start screen.