Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL: all you need to know about the Windows 10 flagships
posted by Ray S. / Oct 06, 2015, 1:36 PM
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
- 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)
- 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)
Posts: 673; 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.
posted on Oct 06, 2015, 1:50 PM 8
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Wow, that price for PC on my pocket! Best buy this year for the best phone.
posted on Oct 06, 2015, 1:51 PM 3
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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
posted on Oct 06, 2015, 3:24 PM 1
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.
posted on Oct 06, 2015, 11:13 PM 3
Posts: 34; 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.
posted on Oct 06, 2015, 4:19 PM 1
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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....
posted on Oct 09, 2015, 3:38 AM 0
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I don't understand why Microsoft is always making phones!!!!!!!
posted on Oct 11, 2015, 1:02 PM 0
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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
posted on Oct 21, 2015, 6:03 PM 0
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
posted on Nov 21, 2015, 10:33 PM 0
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