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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL prototype strikes a pose in protective attire

Previously referred to as Lumia 940 XL, and codenamed Cityman on the inside, the first Windows 10 Mobile flagship inches closer to a highly anticipated commercial launch.

Lumia 950 XL

Say hello to Microsoft’s desperate attempt at staying becoming relevant in a high-end smartphone landscape completely dominated by the Apple – Samsung dyad. In full glory, or at least whatever a leak-annihilating case doesn’t cover up.

It’s not much, we’ll give you that, but it’s plenty to confirm Redmond’s iPhone-competing ambitions haven’t died down… yet. It also corroborates existent speculation of early USB Type C adoption, and sadly, upholds polycarbonate construction hearsay.

Polycarbonate, of course, is just a fancy pseudonym for cheap plastic, i.e. the main reason the Lumia 950 XL will probably not be able to contend in the same league as, say, Samsung’s looming Galaxy Note 5.

950 XL USB Type C

On the other hand, a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, 3 GB RAM and 20 MP PureView camera endowed with a state-of-the-art triple LED flash system sound exactly like the kind of premium specifications MS needs to stay get in the game.

As you’d expect, the 950 XL looks massive in the China-divulged live images authenticated by The Verge, even if physical capacitive buttons are reportedly traded for space-saving on-screen keys. If size is a problem, you should keep in mind a 5.2-inch non-XL Lumia 940 or 950 is due out in stores this year too with slightly inferior specs.

Namely, a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor in lieu of the potent but controversial octa 810 silicon and less advanced 20 megapixel rear shooter with a single flash mechanism. Plus, an equally impressive 3 gig RAM count, 3,000 mAh battery, USB-C connectivity, iris recognition and Qi wireless charging functions.

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