Microsoft Announces Lumia 950, And Lumia 950XL Smartphones
18 months after the last flagship Windows phone was announced, Microsoft has launched a new device to help launch Windows 10 Mobile. The Lumia 950, Microsoft’s new hope, will be available in November.
Since buying out Nokia’s phone division – and switching to exclusively first party devices for their platform, since HTC stopped making Windows Phones – this will be Microsoft’s first foray into the flagship market, battling it out head on with the iPhone, and Samsung and Google’s flagship Android devices. Must Read – Surface Pro 4
The Lumia 950 and 950XL feature top of the line specs. The 950 has a 5.2-inch 1440×2560 OLED display at 564ppi, while the 950XL has a 5.7-inch screen with the same resolution. Both come with 3GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. This marks the first time Microsoft has used the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon processors, and this is by far the most powerful Windows Phone ever made. So much so, in fact, that it features liquid cooling – yes, seriously.
Much like previous Windows Phones, Microsoft is marketing the camera as a primary feature – the rear camera is a 20MP shooter with a triple LED flash, and 5th generation Optical Image Stabilization. Microsoft hasn’t released the complete details of the camera specifications yet, but it’s touting a feature called ‘Rich Capture’ – which lets you adjust level of bright or dark areas, adjust the colour saturation, and even add or remove the flash from the picture. The camera also shoots 4K video with seamless auto focus. The front camera has a wide-angle 5MP lens.
Both phones feature at least 32GB of storage – we believe there will be more options, of course – and a USB Type-C port for charging and connectivity, which is standard across all smartphones now.
The main feature Microsoft concentrated on is Windows Continuum – a display dock which will allow you to connect your phone to a display, and use a keyboard and mouse to operate it like a full desktop PC, complete with a start menu. The device has three USB ports, a USB type-C port, and both HDMI and DisplayPort connectors. Microsoft claims apps on your phone will automatically change their UI to take advantage of the keyboard and mouse enabled desktop experience.
Indian availability and pricing details are yet to be announced, but the Lumia 950 starts at $549 – roughly Rs.36,000 – in the US.