Both phones will include iris scanning technology for support of Windows Hello, Rubino says. The Cityman phone will also have optional Surface Pen and smart cover accessories, priced separately, he says.
Though Microsoft execs called these phones "premium," rather than "flagship" phones when acknowledging their existence last week, if and when they come to market, they will be the most flagship-like Windows Phone devices Microsoft has fielded in a long while.I wouldn't be surprised to see Microsoft launch these new phones some time this fall -- maybe October, given we keep hearing "October" as a rumored launch date for a number of new Microsoft devices.
There's one more thing, and it's a downer for those of us Windows Phone users on Verizon. Microsoft management has said that the company is planning to trim the number of carriers and regions where it offers Windows Phone devices, going forward. That's all part of Microsoft's plan to maker fewer, but more differentiated Windows Phones in fewer categories.