Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be here soon, and beyond introducing users to Windows 10 Mobile (those who aren’t Insider testers, anyway) and Continuum, they’ll also open the door for a new way to secure your smartphone with beta support for Windows Hello. Thanks to a front-facing infrared camera, the phones will be able to quickly authenticate users by taking their picture. It sounds promising – but how well will it actually work? We haven’t had the opportunity to try it out for ourselves just yet, but a newly published video gives us an early look – and it seems like good news.
As you can see in the clip below, a user configures the Lumia 950 XL for Windows Hello authentication. It takes the phone only about 10 seconds to gather the biometric data it needs, but it’s not really the learning bit we’re concerned with; just how quickly can it unlock the device?
By all appearances, that answer is “pretty damn quick,” and about two seconds from the moment the phone in this video is woken from sleep, Windows Hello has done its business and granted access to the OS. Part of that time is spent moving the phone closer, and we wouldn’t be surprised if sometimes it manages to work even faster.