High-quality Microsoft Lumia 950 render puts spotlight on iris scanner

This may feel like the hundredth time we’re getting a preliminary, unofficial look at one of Microsoft’s looming Windows 10 Mobile flagships, and although the newest @evleaked Lumia 950 render falls perfectly in line with images recently pulled from Redmond’s very website, there’s something else we want to bring to your attention.

Namely, the straightforward but ingenious camera trick that should enable iris recognition and that wasn’t previously altogether clear. By cropping and enhancing the 5.2-inch Lumia 950 picture, an infrared sensor positioned next to the front-facing snapper is easily discernible, and besides allowing the advanced biometric authentication method to work in problematic lighting conditions, this could also take on selfie-friendly LED flash responsibilities.

Lumia 950 iris

Artificial illumination of your self-portraits, along with Windows Hello support, would be the cherries on top of an already remarkable list of features, including premium goodies like Quad HD screen resolution, Snapdragon 808 power (810 for the 950 XL), 3GB RAM, USB Type-C connectivity, and 20MP PureView photography prowess.

Unfortunately, the jury is still out on the quality-pricing ratio, following a premature listing and even pre-order start at a Russian e-tailer. Buyon promises to ship both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL later in October, as long as its customers don’t mind spending 57,000 and 63,000 Rubles respectively. That’s an extravagant $865 and $955, and the tags don’t get any less vexing after comparing them to local iPhone 6 and 6 Plus tariffs – 44 and 57K Rubles respectively.

Granted, they’re far from confirmed at the moment, so let’s not lose all hope for some degree of affordability.

Sources: Twitter, Buyon (1), (2)
Via: WM Power User (1), (2)

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