New reports suggest that Microsoft's upcoming Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL will be more expensive than the iPhone 6 or the Galaxy S6.
Microsoft earlier said that its Windows 10 Mobile will debut on high-end devices. Now a new rumor has emerged which suggests that its forthcomings Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL with super high-end specs will cost more than the iPhone 6 and Samsung Galaxy S6. The report also hints at the possibility of a polycarbonate body for these upcoming devices along with iris scanners and a November launch date.
Unlike other flagship offerings of today that are carved out of metal, Microsoft is sticking with plastic on its upcoming high-end smartphones, which is apparently cheaper than metal. As we’ve seen in the past, Lumia phones typically feature plastic backs, even on high-end models. It seems Microsoft will retain the same polycarbonate backs for its upcoming Lumia 940 and Lumia 940 XL.
However unlike old Lumias, the forthcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL will reportedly be costlier than ever before. Implying that the two will cost more than $650, which is an exorbitant price tag for a Windows phone. Reports suggest that Microsoft will justify this price tag based on high-end specs earlier leaked for the upcoming duo, along with the addition of an Iris scanner.
Coming on to the specs, earlier listings suggested the Lumia 940 XL to sport a QuadHD screen with a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, while powering the device would be an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It’ll come with 32GB of memory expandable via microSD, while optics includes a 20MP PureView camera along with a 5MP front shooter. Another worthy mention would be the addition of an Iris scanner.
While the smaller Lumia 940 will likely sport a 5.2-inch FullHD display and will be powered by a Snapdragon 808 chipset. The rest of the specs will reportedly be the same as the Lumia 940 XL, which also includes the Iris scanner.
As far as the expected launch date goes, there is no official word from the company as to when these phones will debut. Though being flagship Windows devices, they’ll feature the latest Windows 10 Mobile, hence should likely arrive in fall this year. While earlier leaks suggested that that the launch could occur in November.