Microsoft Introduces Lumia 950 and 950XL Handsets

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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=snEIjWR4lQw

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.

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