Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950XL: All the new features

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950XL: All the new features
Announced mere hours ago, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL commemorate Microsoft's return to the high-end market with home-cooked devices after over a year-long hiatus. And boy, was the wait worth it!

To start off, these will be the reference Windows 10 for Mobile devices to call on for some time going forward, and they're packed to the brim with hardware that excites. Starting with large, super-detailed OLED displays, through hexa- and octa-core processors, impressive-sounding cameras with OIS and triple LED flashes on board, USB Type-C connectors, quick charging — all the stops. 

As can be expected, these won't come cheap once they're ready for game time in November. The Microsoft Lumia 950 will cost $549 outright, while the Lumia 950XL will fetch $649 off-contract. Not the most affordable pair, sure, but quite frankly, the feature set is impressive enough to warrant the price. 

Here's what you can expect:

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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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25 Comments

1. shaineql

Posts: 522; Member since: Apr 28, 2014

Iris scanner , rofl .....??

9. rsiders

Posts: 1970; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

More like Windows Hello. So pretty much everything except a more robust app experience which I believe is happening as we speak.

11. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Why is that even funny to you?

20. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

That is the only cool feature in that phone. Rest is just incremental meh.

2. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

has pretty much everything....except for wireless charging !!

3. samgsam15

Posts: 50; Member since: May 09, 2014

It has wireless charging too

5. amanjain1

Posts: 56; Member since: Apr 28, 2015

Apps you forgot apps. That's the only thing holding me

12. sgtdisturbed47

Posts: 968; Member since: Feb 02, 2012

Apps from Android and iOS will be quickly and easily ported soon.

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Microsoft already start the two project to port Android and IOS apps to Windows the only thing remaining is developers.

16. Rydsmith unregistered

Having used Project Astoria, it's a joke. The apps even when optimized pale in comparison to their Android/iOS counterparts, and that's assuming be the developer even tries to optimize it. Why should they spend time and money on an OS that barely receives love from their parent company (Office apps better on iOS and Android, Skype better on iOS and Android, etc...)? Unless Microsoft plans to money hat them and pay for them to get the apps on the Windows Store, I see very little incentive for a developer to go to WM10.

19. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

if porting android and iso apps is a joke then this phone will be rendered pretty useless. I hope microsoft will seriously do something about it. Is it possible to make it dual boot? why not install android on it and make it a dual boot phone? then it will become more worthy of buying.

8. rishav20193

Posts: 242; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

has wireless charging too ?? may be i didnt follow that while watching the presentation !! & as for apps.....windows phone will pretty much have all the apps i use. (after fb & instagram launch their universal apps) so...app usage depends from person to person. for me the provided apps are sufficient.

4. Eclectech

Posts: 355; Member since: May 01, 2013

I was set on getting the Nexus 6P but I think I'll kick the tires of the 950 for a bit and wait to make a decision.

6. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2278; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

All announced in 1 minute, right? /s

7. Diego!

Posts: 876; Member since: Jun 15, 2009

Awesome!

10. rbuljo

Posts: 27; Member since: Oct 08, 2014

my next phone, if it had android os..

21. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

nexus 6p and xperia z5 has identical specs. why not buy those instead? seriously.... buy those instead.

14. carlemillward unregistered

Not really a fan of design, but specs is decent. Looking forward to see the review and how Windows 10 runs with SD808/810 and battery life and camera....

15. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I am pleased with the phones on paper. Can hardly wait to see who gets which one on what carrier. Get BlackBerry to unveil that Android/BB slider, and get those Nexus devices to market, and I can start deciding which ones I want....

17. Penny

Posts: 1859; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I was disappointed that they didn't spend more time talking about the phones. Most of the info had been leaked anyway, but it would have been good to present the phones in their entirety to the media. Many media outlets probably don't care enough about Windows Phone to research and present the new devices thoroughly, which is the whole reason why you have media events like this -- to tell them exactly why your product is great.

18. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

what about the camera? does it have pureview mode? which can over sample in 2mp and 5mp? and can provide lossless zoom? if it does than I might be interested. Otherwise I am just neutral. Not liking them and not hating them. Price point is pretty high and a deal breaker. I have to go with V10 or p6 at the moment. May be in future, I'll buy as a secondary phone when the price will drop.

22. gazmatic

Posts: 812; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

price is the same as the nexus6p and i'm sure the samsungs and xperias are more expensive.

25. Tamer81

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 15, 2013

It has PureView technology of course. I just wished they'd already released the darn thing. I want it in my hands not on my screen! The extra dock will cost $100 BTW. This is one of its best features alongside Windows Continuum, Hello and Quick Charge. Only thing that is really missing is Dev support. If between now and a year it will not change I'll probably buy me an Android next time. I've been more than 4 years on WP and been liking the OS so far (think it's the best thing out there with the live tiles and all) but it's not enough after this long time of missing out on some apps. Sorry Mikey (Microsoft)!

23. Federated

Posts: 263; Member since: Mar 06, 2010

2G (GSM): 850MHz, 900MHz,1800MHz,1900MHz 3G (HSPA+): Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 8 (900MHz) 4G (LTE): Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 17 (700MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 20 (800MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 7 (2600MHz), Band 8 (900MHz), Band 28 (700MHz), Band 12 (700MHz) ^^^ Fully compatible with T-Mobile and AT&T. I feel like Microsoft has T-Mobile in mind primarily for putting in Band 4 in 3G (HSPA+) and 4G (LTE) radio. Also Band 12 (A block 700Mhz) is present. Sweet!

24. srgonu

Posts: 557; Member since: Feb 13, 2012

Very impressive

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