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Major details for Lumia Cityman and Talkman revealed

by Brandon Russell | July 23, 2015July 23, 2015 5:00 pm PDT

There’s been a lot of talk about new Windows Phone devices on the horizon, but so far there’s been nothing concrete. We know one is codenamed Talkman; the other is Cityman. These devices are supposedly going to showcase the joys of Windows 10, which is launching for desktops next week.

Thanks to a new report from Windows Central, we just might have all the details we can handle for these upcoming handsets. First order of business, below are the specs of both phones.

Talkman (Lumia 950)

  • Matte White or black polycarbonate body
  • 5.2 inch WQHD (1440×2560) 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 (1440×2560) 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

If Microsoft is going to have any dog in this mobile fight, these two phones sound like the best chance the company has to tussle with iOS and Android. Not only do both phones sport Quad HD displays, but they come with terrific specs, including 20-megapixel PureView cameras, Iris scanner support for Windows Hello, Qi wireless charging, and USB Type-C.

It’s great to see Microsoft finally going all out with its new Lumia devices. We know the Redmond company can make a mean affordable phone, but it hasn’t had much success in the premium phone market. Judging by the listed specs shared by Windows Central, they sound like they’ll be difficult to ignore.

The only real hurdle Microsoft needs to overcome is convincing people to switch to Windows 10 Mobile, which will be available sometime this fall.

In addition to just sheer brawn, the Iris scanner feature sounds like a great addition, allowing users to unlock their devices in mere seconds. Just look your device in the eye, and voila. The only caveat is Windows Central says the feature might not be available from day one when these phones are released, and instead will be unlocked with a software update a few months later.

Windows Central reveals a few more details, including a docking station for Continuum, along with Surface Pen and smart cover support. Sources speaking with the site have described the Cityman in particular to be “sexy as hell” a very thin build, completely square, non-curved display, dedicated camera button.

One final note: the Honjo, Saana and Guilin handsets have apparently been canceled by Microsoft, according to Windows Central.

In any case, the report says not to expect the devices to be available until October or November, though we could see an official announcement as early as IFA in September.

WindowsCentral

Brandon Russell

Brandon Russell enjoys writing about technology and entertainment. When he's not watching Back to the Future, you can find him on a hike or watching...

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