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Microsoft officially announced the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL flagship phones

cjmagowan  —  3 years ago ( Oct 07, 2015 )    |    Featured, Mobile

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The most awaited Lumia smartphone is finally here. It’s been months with speculations and rumors and all that will have to be concluded today as Microsoft formally unveils the new smartphone flagships with the new Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both devices are as expected powered by Microsoft latest Windows 10 Mobile operating system with Microsoft Hello Beta and Windows Continuum feature.

Revealed at Windows10Devices event in New York City, the two products were showcased by no other that Panos Panay the corporate vice president of Surface computing at Microsoft Corporation with all his straight to the point presentations with proudness expressed all over and indeed there’s nothing more to be proud of than present the two most advanced smartphone devices that Microsoft has ever created. The new flagship Lumia devices shares most of the same external design and powerful internals that truly makes the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL a flagship device.

Features

With the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft has enable itself to demonstrate just how Windows 10 is more productive than any other mobile operating system in the market. With the new Lumia devices.

Windows 10

This isn’t actually a feature but having Windows 10 on your phone unlocks new possibilities and makes you more productive. Windows 10 has added so much more features from Windows 8.1 with a much refined user experience and even more faster than the previous operating system. More so with Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft empowers these smaller devices with capabilities that was only a dream several years ago. It’s like seeing your dreams coming true and that is all about having Windows 10 on your phone.

Windows Hello

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Microsoft also includes the new Windows Hello feature which was introduced in Windows 10 for desktop and now on mobile as a beta feature. Windows Hello beta for mobile lets you unlock your mobile device just by looking at the screen with no need for you to swipe your display to do that.

Windows Continuum

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If you haven’t heard of the feature before, Windows Continuum is Microsoft’s answer to bring all computing devices together with all the same familiar interface with irregardless of the platform that it sits in. With a special docking device called the Microsoft Dock that’s compatible with the Lumia 950 or the Lumia 950 XL, users can turn their mobile device into a mobile computer. The special docking device comes with a USB Type-C port on one side that takes a compatible Lumia smartphone and on the other is where the ports for a HDMI compatible display along with three USB ports that takes a full-size keyboard and a mouse which turns the Lumia handset into a compact mobile computer.

Once the setup is done. The connected display will then show a familiar Windows 10 desktop with the Start menu, Taskbar, Notification area and the Desktop. If you think that Microsoft left Windows RT, Think again, as the Windows 10 desktop experience from a smartphone device seems to have taken over the Windows RT space but this time it’s inside a smartphone.

PureView Camera

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If you’re with a Lumia, you’ve should have one with PureView camera and that’s just what these two flagship devices have in their arsenal. It’s 20 Megapixel sensor comes with the best Zeiss optics in a 5-Element lens setup to give you the best looking images from a smartphone. With the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL low-light environments is not a problem, with its Backside-Illumination sensor and the f/1.9 aperture lens maximizes the amount of light that goes into the sensor bringing clearer night photos plus both devices features an RGB triple LED flash that brings true natural colors from the subject. It features 4K video recording, fast focus, true 16:9 sensor and high-resolution zoom.

While the main camera has all the imaging goodies, the front has the edge as well as it comes with a 5 Megapixel shooter with an f/2.4 aperture, wide-angle lens and a full-HD video recording capabilities.

Hardware Specifications

Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL may have shared most of the specs but they do have differences. If you want a daily driver that has speed and serves you will all your needs that is light and not to big then the Lumia 950 should be right for you, but If you want something big and will just run about anything then the Lumia 950 XL will suite your needs. With support from the Surface team itself, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL comes with water-cooling solution for its feature pack hardware to minimize overheating issues that is common with the current Snapdragon chipset.

Lumia 950

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High-end Features – Premium Design – Best Experience of Windows 10

5.2 – inch AMOLED, ClearBlack display | WQHD resolution at 2560 x 1440 | 564 ppi | TrueColor (24bit/ 16 million colors)

Corning Gorilla Glass 3 laminated display | Super sensitive touch panel

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Chipset | Hexa-core processor at 1.8 GHz

3 GB RAM

32 GB expandable memory

microSD card support up to 2 TB

Windows 10

20 Megapixel PureView main Camera | Carl Zeiss optics | 5 Element lens | Backside Illumination | Optical Image Stabilization | f/1.9 aperture | Fast Focus | High-resolution zoom | RGB Natural flash (triple LED) | 2 stage dedicated capture key | 4K video recording at 30 fps

5 Megapixel front camera | wide-angle lens | f/2.4 aperture | 1080 video capture

Single | Dual SIM [Nano SIM]

4G/LTE | 3G/HSPA+ | 2G/GSM/eGPRS

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Wi-Fi direct | Hotspot

Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP

NFC

USB 3.1 with USB Type-C interface

GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS | Beidou

3000 mAh removable battery | Quick Charge (up to 50% in 30 minutes)

Wireless Charging

145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm

150 grams

Lumia 950 XL

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Large 5.7-inch Display – Octa-core processor – Best Mobile computer

5.7 – inch AMOLED, ClearBlack display | WQHD resolution at 2560 x 1440 | 518 ppi | TrueColor (24bit/ 16 million colors)

Corning Gorilla Glass 4 laminated display | Super sensitive touch panel

Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset | Octa-core processor at 2.0 GHz

3 GB RAM

32 GB expandable memory

microSD card support up to 2 TB

Windows 10

20 Megapixel PureView main Camera | Carl Zeiss optics | 5 Element lens | Backside Illumination | Optical Image Stabilization | f/1.9 aperture | Fast Focus | High-resolution zoom | RGB Natural flash (triple LED) | 2 stage dedicated capture key | 4K video recording at 30 fps

5 Megapixel front camera | wide-angle lens | f/2.4 aperture | 1080 video capture

Single | Dual SIM [Nano SIM]

4G/LTE | 3G/HSPA+ | 2G/GSM/eGPRS

Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac | Wi-Fi direct | Hotspot

Bluetooth 4.1 with A2DP

NFC

USB 3.1 with USB Type-C interface

GPS | A-GPS | GLONASS | Beidou

3340 mAh removable battery | Quick Charge (up to 50% in 30 minutes)

Wireless Charging

151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm

165 grams

Availability

The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL depending on the market will be shipping in both single and dual SIM variants with pricing that starts at $550 and $650 respectively for the single SIM variant while prices for the dual SIM version of the handsets are expected to come out soon.