You’ve already seen the leaked renders, but today’s Windows 10 Device Event in New York saw Microsoft confirm the latest generation of Lumia smartphones. The range-topping Lumia 950 and 950XL handsets are the first to offer Windows 10 out of the box, alongside a suite of features that allow the phones to be used just like any other Windows 10 device.
At the event, the company demoed Windows 10’s Continuum for Phones feature alongside a new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, which allows the phone to be hooked up to a monitor for big-screen entertainment, or with a keyboard and mouse, to work like a PC with universal apps like Microsoft Office. Excel on your phone, on a large-scale display, with a keyboard and mouse? It’s here.
The Lumia 950 has a 5.2″ Quad HD AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, running at a resolution of 2560 x 1440 (564 ppi). It’s powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor featuring Hexa-core CPUs and 64-bit support. There’s a removable 3000mAh battery with up to 275 hours standby time, USB-C fast charging and wireless charging available.
Meanwhile, its big brother, the Lumia 950 XL is equipped with a larger 5.7″ Corning Gorilla Glass 4 display with the same resolution but offering a reduced 518 ppi. It gets a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor featuring Octa-core CPUs and 64-bit capabilities. It’s 3340mAh battery, also removable, should deliver up to 300 hours standby time.
On both phones, 32 GB storage is available with a further 200 GB of expandable storage on offer via a microSD slot. Networking support includes 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac and Bluetooth 4.1 support.
Photographic quality, a hallmark of the Lumia line, is continued, with a new 20 megapixel PureView camera, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture. Optical image stabilisation should banish Mr. Blurrycam for good. You’ll also find a 5MP, wide-angle 1080p front-facing camera, for those inclined to the odd selfie.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will available in selected countries from November with pricing set at $549 (USD)/ $749 (CAD) and $649 (USD)/ $849 (CAD) respectively.