Microsoft launches new flagships – Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL

Lumia 950 (left) and Lumia 950XL (right)

Microsoft’s new Lumia flagships are finally here and they come bearing amazing features.

The Lumia 950 comes in a 5.2-inch WQHD OLED display with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. It will be powered by a Qualcomm hexa-core processor (Snapdragon 808) with 3GB of RAM. The Lumia 950XL on the other hand has a much larger display at 5.7-inches, and runs on a Qualcomm octa-core processor (Snapdragon 810).
The cameras on these devices are interesting. Both the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950XL have a 20-megapixel PureView camera with Carl Zeiss optics and triple (yes, you read right, three!) LED RGB Flash at the rear, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera which can take wide-angled selfies. There’s a camera feature to watch out for, and it’s an infrared camera. Microsoft has included a facial authentication feature that lets you log into the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL devices with just your face. Yup! This feature, called ‘Windows Hello’ uses bio-metric data to register your login in the form of iris recognition. After this is done, the front-facing camera will be able to log you in by relying on infrared cameras to detect your features. Amazing, isn’t it?

Another amazing feature to note that you can transform both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL into a PC with Microsoft’s Continuum feature. With the help of a Microsoft Display Dock (a an optical accessory). To do this, you connect your Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL to the Display Dock, along with a keyboard and a mouse, and then connect the Dock to a monitor. This transforms your phone into a tiny PC and the monitor projects whatever you do on your phone. This is a feature that businesses will find appealing in their conference rooms.

Microsoft Display Dock

Microsoft Display Dock
Source: Microsoft

Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL have liquid cooling technology and it lets them handle powerful chips. We’ve all heard about Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 and how it overheats, and to fix this, Microsoft has introduced the liquid-cooling technology into its flagships.

Internal storage on the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950XL is 32GB expandable to 2TB with a microSD card. The Lumia 950 has a 3000mAh underneath its hood, while the Lumia 950XL has a 3340mAh battery. What most users might find interesting that both the batteries are removable. The Lumia 950 is also accompanied by a USB Type-C port that allows for quick charging. According to Microsoft, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL will reach 50% capacity in just thirty minutes.

The Lumia flagships are set to be available in November. So get your $549 ready for the Lumia 950 and $649 for the Lumia 950XL.

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