After weeks of speculation, Microsoft has finally unveiled its latest Lumia flagships i.e. the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. The company says these devices showcase the ‘power of Windows 10 in your pocket.’
As the name suggests, the Lumia 950 XL is the larger variant sporting a 5.7-inch screen as opposed to the 5.2-inch screen on the Lumia 950. Both devices are exactly identical in terms of specs, both devices sport of 2560×1440 AMOLED screens with Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, USB Type-C, 5MP wide-angle front sensors, 20 MP PureView rear cameras with LED RGB flash.
Apart from the screen sizes the other major differences between the two are the processor and battery. The bigger variant gets an octa-core Snapdragon 810 chipset while the smaller one has a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipset.
The Lumia 950 XL also gets a slightly larger battery – a 3300mAh battery as opposed to a 3000mAh on the smaller variant. Both devices come with removable batteries, along with microSD support up to a massive 2TB.
These newly announced devices get biometric security called “Windows Hello”, although, the feature is currently in beta and apparently uses the same infra-red camera technology used to enable the facial recognition feature on Windows 10 desktops.
The company has also announced a bunch of accessories that unleash the full potential of this new Lumia flagships. The highlight among them being the Microsoft Display Dock, essentially designed for Windows 10 Mobile’s Continuum feature. It can be connected to the phone via USB Type-C, which comes with three regular USB ports along with an HDMI port.
Microsoft gave a rather impressive demo of the feature at the event. By connecting a mouse, a keyboard, and a big screen, the Universal Windows apps switch to the big screen allowing you to use the phone like a PC. Moreover, while the phone is connected to the Display Dock, the phone functions normally without affecting anything on the bigger screen.
Apart from these flagships, Microsoft has also announced a low-end Lumia 550 smartphone. The device gets a 4.7-inch AMOLED HD display. Other specs of the LTE enabled handset include a Snapdragon 210 quad-core chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, while Optics includes a 5MP rear along with a 2MP front camera.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL have been priced at $549 and $649 respectively and will be available starting November, while the low-end Lumia 550 has been priced at $139, which will be available in December. Pre-orders for all these devices also begin now.