Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL: all you need to know about the Windows 10 flagships

Microsoft has been pretty much absent from the mobile scene for the last year or so, but today, it has returned! With a bang! It has unveiled two new high-end smartphones (along with an entry-level one) – the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL (aaaand the Lumia 550, which is yawn). And while the new Windows 10 flagships are very well spec'd, it's actually the software features that come with them that get us excited.

Lumia 950 & Lumia 950 XL specs, features, price and release date

First off, we have the Lumia 950, which your regularly-sized smartphone with 5.2" QHD display and Snapdragon 808 SoC. Meanwhile, the Lumia 950 XL is an offering for phablet lovers that comes with a 5.7" QHD screen and the beefier Snapdragon 810 chipset. The cameras on these handsets are also quite promising: 20 MP sensors with triple-LED RGB flashes, 4K video recording and optical image stabilization. That's what we call a good package!

All of these specs, however... we've already seen in other high-level smartphones. What gets us excited here is the Windows 10 software (app gap aside), and more specifically, its Continuum feature, which is basically going to allow the user to get a true desktop experience out of their phone. How is this magic going to happen? Well, through the use of a small dock, to which you connect all of your peripherals like a monitor, keyboard and mouse, that's how. The rest is just a matter of connecting your Lumia phone to the dock, and voila – you have a desktop-grade interface complete with a task bar, Start menu, and more importantly – desktop programs for Office, Outlook mail, and pretty much anything else that has been designed to be a universal program.

So, have we gotten you convinced that the future is promising for Microsoft and its Windows 10 mobile device line-up? Wait until you here this: the MS Lumia 950 will start at $550, while the MS Lumia 950 XL will start at $650. Not that bad of a deal, eh? But since both handsets are scheduled to arrive in November, it means there will be a bit of waiting involved. So here's a perfect opportunity for you to go through all of the materials we've listed below – go ahead, gobble up as much info as you can, and let us know if you're as excited as we are for the new Windows phones!

Lumia 950 & Lumia 950 XL against the world

Related phones

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)



1. Well-Manicured-Man

Posts: 707; Member since: Jun 16, 2015

Microsoft has made a huge step forward with its new line up. I really like that all major platforms (Android, iOS and Windows) are working hard to convince consumers. The competition is really pushing the companies to their maximum performance.

2. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Wow, that price for PC on my pocket! Best buy this year for the best phone.

4. Ashoaib

Posts: 3309; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

I dont think, it is a best buy... an operating system without apps in such a big price tag... this is not an attractive option

6. sbw44

Posts: 433; Member since: Dec 04, 2012

Seriously dude get a fricken life! since when is having over 700 000 apps a system without apps???

7. Elie.S

Posts: 7; Member since: Jun 04, 2015

All the apps that you really need in your daily life are working on that OS you are speaking of. (unless you want to game ... true they don't have the best op games out there, but if you won't get the cellphone because of some game, then i think you need to re-prioritize your life.) If you really don't think of how great these 2 cellphones are in your head even for a second, you still have a long way ahead.

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4362; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Apps cannot possibly determine if a phone is good or not, especially when many of these apps require data to work, versus features do not.

3. Elfmonster unregistered

Excellent internals. If the screen is as good as the best androids, if Google can unleash apps, and if I can change the home screen, I'm in.

5. DroidDaddyo

Posts: 35; Member since: Jan 18, 2015

Until they get much more universal apps, or just more apps that work with their phones, I'm waiting. But major kudos for an excellent effort to build their phone with Windows 10 integration. Not really impressed with the ability to hook it up with an external monitor/keyboard/mouse. You'd have to be carrying around the hub, cable adapters in case you need DVI/vga. The 2x2 antennas have been around since Samsung Note 4 and Nexus 6. Even the iphone 6s has them now. Much more impressed with the Surface 4 stuff/surface book, that stuff is very cool.

16. grogi

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 17, 2015

BT mouse/keyboard + Miracast... No cables to carry...

8. FreeDraickin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

waiting for the 950XL to arrive in my country :) If the cameras are at least equal if not better to the galaxy note 5 then i'm sold....

12. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Better...take a look at the video that shows the comparision between the S6 which is the same camera and the 950xl

10. cnour

Posts: 2305; Member since: Sep 11, 2014

I don't understand why Microsoft is always making phones!!!!!!!

18. aslanyurek

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 25, 2014

always? they started 2 years ago and just now they started to make decent smartphones! %96 of World uses windows OS, why not use a phone %100 pc compatible fully sync! We are all expecting microsoft to make much better phones in future and expand their app store

19. oldhamletman

Posts: 72; Member since: Sep 03, 2011

MS has been making phone OSes longer than apple or android... when windows phone came out 5 (yes five) years ago they were ahead of IOS and Android on predictive text, datasync, dataflow keyboard, cloud backup, social media integration, business exchange integration and a bunch of other stuff.... thier flagship hardware has always been top notch, esp the cameras have always been rated with or better than the best competitors.... Apple and Android have done a great snow job on all the fan boys

11. Furbal unregistered

Got mine on pre-order. 1520 has been my favorite phone over the past two years. My second one met an untimely end when the screen developed a bright spot on it due to the vibration motor.

20. Abhisek

Posts: 24; Member since: Aug 18, 2014

Microsoft is doing good. They need to release affordable versions with metallic design and premium looking phones.

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