Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL outed in new slides that also confirm specs

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL outed in new slides that also confirm specs
With precious little flagship action for Windows-based smartphone owners to mull over these past few years, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL will be carrying the torch soon enough. Following on from the Lumia 950 XL screenshot we caught a couple of days back, an interesting new leak offers a solid scoop on those all-important tech. specs. Windows Phone has long managed comfortably on moderately powered internal hardware thanks to the smooth, optimized nature of it and the newer Windows 10 Mobile. But the way the mobile market has gone these past few years, a Microsoft powerhouse does feel long overdue, and as has now been all-but confirmed, the wish will soon be granted. 

The design of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, as has been established, will be largely polycarbonate. This would usually be a black mark, for plasticky finishes have become synonymous with cheap, below-par build quality. But gauging from some of the better Lumia handsets of times passed, higher-level Windows devices have always felt sturdy and premium, so we'd expect nothing less from the upcoming duo.

Some interesting slides from the Forever Nokia Latin America Facebook page clear up most lingering doubts about what to expect. The smaller Lumia 950 will include a 5.2-inch WQHD OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560, run on Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 processor, boast 3-gigs of RAM and 32 GB of on-board storage. Additionally, there will be an infrared iris scanner for Windows Hello, 20-megapixel main shooter and a 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, the latter of which will include a wide-angle lens. 

We're expecting a 3000 mAh battery keeping things ticking over, and unlike an increasing number of flagship devices, you'll be able to swap it out at your leisure. The Lumia brand has long been an advocate of Qi wireless charging, and the Lumia 950 is no different, so you'll be able to power up without the tedium of plugging in. 

The Lumia 950 XL, meanwhile, will be almost identical to its counterpart. It'll house a larger display of 5.7 inches in diameter, although it will include the same resolution, so won't be as sharp as the smaller model. The other main difference will be the inclusion of the controversial Snapdragon 810, which has been dubbed the "flagship killer" by many of our readers throughout 2015. Despite the improvements made by Qualcomm, the chip has been demonized somewhat, and as such, may put prospective Lumia 950 XL owners off the purchase. 

The XL model will offer a slightly more sizeable 3300 mAh battery, a 1mm silver ring lining the camera pod, and aluminum side buttons for a touch of finesse. Both the 950 and the XL version will get USB Type-C -- a feature we're seeing across the board with top-end handsets -- and each will offer the option of matte white or black color configurations.

Here's a full round-up of the slides. Let us know of your thoughts via the comments:

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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79 Comments

1. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Looking sexy!

11. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

iPhone 6 vs Nexus 5X vs Lumia 950. Yumm. Let the OS WARS begin!

13. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

Don't forget blackberry!

46. gehrig

Posts: 423; Member since: Apr 17, 2014

He didn't forget...

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

r u kidding me.........? this time, design is a deal breaker for me.

35. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Yeah, what a shame we will never see something like the blue 930 you have on your profile pic, this one is seriously ugly.

2. redmd

Posts: 1943; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

Was expecting More since their last flagship came out.

10. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Seems worthy of a flagship. Iris scanner, S810 (let's see how it runs on W10), 3300mAh battery with QC 2.0, 20MP PV camera, and most likely 4 mics for superb audio recording. Definitely excited for 950XL.

22. sgodsell

Posts: 7451; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Iris scanner is really just a good camera in the front. In this case its a 5 mp camera. I was expecting at least a 8 mp front facing camera.

29. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Not at all. The iris scanner is a special, near infrared camera. It is a biometric device and not a standard camera. If I had to guess, I would say that the front facing camera and the iris scanner are actually two separate cameras, unless they utilize some software magic to produce normal looking photos from the iris camera.

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yes its too separate camera from latest renders.

3. slannmage

Posts: 289; Member since: Mar 26, 2013

Such a shame the 950 only has the 808, I don't want the XL and I don't want the 808 inside the sized phone that I would want. I'll pass on both.

18. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I will not pass on 950 if the price will be equal to moto X style or LG G4 or Nexus 5 2015. I want to give a try to pureview camera but also not stupid to spend more money on an OS which is not widely accepted

48. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1520 for 200 bucks, still competes overly well against current day sensors. Put it into 4:3 19MP DNG mode throw it into photo shop and you will be overly surprised imo vs other competitors. Even its age will show it does better or the same as 700 phones.

70. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The OS is "widely accepted". The userbase is millions of people. There are ~1 billion smartphones in the world, Windows Phone holds a ~2.5% market share, that makes out to be ~25 million Windows Phone users. That number isn't tiny.

77. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Active users hover around 100million world wide.

79. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

100 million users isn't tiny, my point remains the same. That is equivalent to 1/3rd the population of the United States.

52. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

the 808 will run win10 very quick and very smooth... one of the best things about windows phone is that it runs smooth and quick on lower level hardware

58. iusshpandeh

Posts: 250; Member since: Jul 23, 2014

Having used SD800 on 930, I must say Windows is very very efficient! No lags or whatsoever! It works very fast! But that "Resuming..." Screen on games like GTA and Order And Chaos leaves much more to be desired!

63. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Its how the phone is shelving the app, there is less of that in somethings on windows 10. I to don't like resuming either. Like Age of Sparta doesn't resume on 10, even after loading windowscentral app, messaging app, and the call app, then going back to it. It just refreshes the game page in under a second and boom its there.

62. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

y ? what the problem with 808 ? i think the OS will run smoothly on 808 !!

4. WeezyF

Posts: 155; Member since: Jul 09, 2015

Actually looks a lot better than those wack ass renders

19. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

randers are always more beautiful than the actual device but in Lumia's case randers were plain ugly

49. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

They had zero shading nor real lighting. They were not meant to go public so they will lack tons of things you find in renders meant for review.

5. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

i like Windows 10 mobile and i'm really excited it's almost here but Microsoft has better designs in their mid-range models than these two, and people who pay premium expect premium in every department, including design and materials, yup i was talking about the Lumia 830... that's one sexy looking phone

9. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

my understanding is that there will be no midrange (not directly from MS anyway). MS's in-house devices are going to be high-end, low-end, and enterprise only.

55. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

they are releasing four devices. 950 950 xl, 555 and 755

37. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Polycarbonate is the most premium material to build a phone body out of because it interferes with RF less than aluminum, doesn't accumulate dings, or scratches like aluminum does. It doesn't dent. It's not slippery like glass or aluminum can sometimes be. I am quite fond of this liquid metal magnesium body of my Surface Pro 3, however, it feels so good in the hand and so far has been resilient against scratches(I haven't dropped it so, I can't tell you if it will not dent or ding).

56. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I dont know how and from where aluminium is premium? I dont know how ppl consider it premium? may be these ppl has never seen any metal before. I wish if they have seen stainless steel phones of the past then they might spit on aluminum body phones. Poly carbonate which nokia used to use in lumia is pretty sturdy and premium. Ppl just made negative mind about plastic bcoz they have seen samsung's phones with cheap and ugly looking plastic. Its samsung's fault that they have always used cheap looking plastic instead of premium looking plastic.

64. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because aluminum can be premium, depending on grade, it is not 'cheap' compared to other materials, and the feel too. However, my PS-90 is made out of polycarb, I have faith in polycarb on my Lumias.

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