Welcome back in
the game, Microsoft! Today, the technological giant announced the first new
Lumia flagships in what seems like ages — the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Under their
modest appearance, the two pack quite a hardware punch, utilizing the most
non-compromising spec sheets in Lumia history. Let's dissect the configurations
and see what interesting stuff Microsoft has in store for its smartphone fans!
The Lumia 950 and 950 XL boast elegant and understated, but rather mundane
polycarbonate designs. Those who expected Lumia phones to come back with an
all-aluminum bang will be left disappointed. Still, the former Nokia engineers
working in Microsoft's smartphone division do have a way with plastic,
sculpting the first Windows 10 devices into pleasant and ergonomic shapes. The smartphones
are available in black and white, not the most vibrant selection of colors out
Lumia 950 with
a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. That works out to a 424ppi
pixel density. A Snapdragon 808 is under the hood with a hexagon CPU and the
Adreno 418 GPU handling graphics. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of
internal-expandable storage. A 20MP PureView camera adorns the back while a 5MP
front-facing snapper handles selfies and video chats. A triple LED flash allows
you to take well-lit pictures in low-light conditions.
The Microsoft Lumia 950XL in its turn features a 5.7-inch glass with a 1440 x
2560 resolution. That gives the screen a 515ppi pixel density. The 64-bit
Snapdragon 810 chipset drives the phone, carrying an octa-core CPU and the
Adreno 430 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native expandable
storage. Like the Lumia 950, the camera on the 950 XL is said to come with a 20
MP PureView snapper on the back, and a 5MP camera on the front. Both phones are
expected to arrive soon, carrying the new Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.
Continuum – a feature that truly separates the Lumia 950 XL\950 from other
phablets. Basically, you may hook up the smartphone to an external monitor, a
keyboard, and a mouse for desktop PC-like productivity. The new tech was
demonstrated on stage and it looked pretty handy. But there's a catch. You'll
need a Microsoft Display Dock to take advantage of Continuum. It plugs into the
Lumia's USB Type-C port, providing the necessary connectors and ports for
hooking up the handset to various peripherals.
The Lumia 950
price is set at $550 and the Lumia 950 XL is set at $649 that's the full retail price. It's a sweet
price point that's $100 below the cost of the top-tier smartphones from others
like the Apple iPhone 6.
that the new Lumia release date is pinned for November, so you'd need to wait
at least a month until you're able to buy the handset.