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Microsoft announces the Lumia 950 & Lumia 950 XL Windows 10 Mobile flagships


Microsoft’s latest Windows 10 Mobile flagships are now official.

First, let’s talk about the Lumia 950. Successor to the Lumia 930, the smartphone features a 5.2” AMOLED ClearBlack display with Quad HD resolution, a first for the Windows Phone platform. Under the hood, the device packs Qualcomm’s six-core Snapdragon 808 chipset, paired with 3GB of RAM. As rumored, the Lumia 950 will arrive with a pretty large 3000mAh capacity battery.

Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 XL is the bigger sibling of the Lumia 950, equipped with a 5.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack display with the same 1440 x 2560 Quad HD resolution and Glance Screen feature. Instead of the Snapdragon 808, the bigger handset is powered by the octa-core Snapdragon 810 chip that also does duty on most new Android flagships launched this year. Keeping the lights on will be a 3300mAh capacity battery inside, giving it an edge against the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and the Apple iPhone 6s, at least on paper.


Both the handsets are equipped with a new 20MP 1/2.4” type sensor with 5th Gen optical image stabilization (OIS), triple-LED flash, and Carl Zeiss optics. For selfies, Microsoft is offering a 5MP wide-angle camera on the front, with a dedicated LED flash for taking selfies under low-light situations. They also come equipped with a USB Type-C port, biometric security, Quick Charge support, liquid cooling, adaptive antenna technology, and support for Qi-wireless charging with a flip cover.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are expected to go on sale starting next month, priced at $550 and $650 respectively. Microsoft will also be offering a Display Dock accessory for the Continuum feature, allowing you to enjoy a desktop-like experience by connecting the phone to a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. The Lumia 950 XL will additionally offer support for the Surface Pen, making it a worthy rival to the S-Pen toting Samsung Galaxy Note 5.




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