Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL Revealed

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Much like many other manufacturers this year, Microsoft is releasing not one, but two flagships – a smaller one, and a larger, more powerful one.

First off, the Lumia 950. The handset features a large, black Gorilla Glass 4 panel on the front, giving the front a very simplistic, yet modern look. The sides and rear of the device are made out of polycarbonate, perhaps a material that many will feel doesn’t compare to the aluminium and glass seen on other flagships. On the rear of the device, the new camera is prominently featured, but more on that in a bit. This device will be available in five bright colour options: Bright orange, Bright Green, White, Black and Gold.


The Lumia 950 features a 5.2-inch AMOLED screen, which comes with a 1440 x 2560p resolution (Quad-HD) and gives the device a pixel density of 565ppi. On the inside, a 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor is featured alongside the Adreno 418 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The device will be available with 32GB of internal storage, though this can be expanded via micro-SD. Other features include 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Type-C, iris recognition and a 3000mAh battery to keep the screen on, which also supports rapid charging.

Moving on the Lumia 950 XL, the device features a design largely similar to that of the Lumia 950, the main difference being the increase in size and the slightly different looking camera sensor on the rear. The device will also be available in five colour options: Bright Orange, Bright Green, White, Black and Gold.

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Screen wise, this device features a larger 5.7-inch AMOLED display with the same 1440 x 2560p resolution (Quad-HD), which gives it a pixel density of 515ppi. Regarding internals, this device features the slightly more powerful octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, which is coupled with the Adreno 430 GPU and also 3GB of RAM – To combat the overheating issues, Microsoft has equipped the device with liquid cooling. Like the Lumia 950, the device will be available with 32GB of internal storage and also supports micro-SD. Other features include 4G LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, USB Type-C, iris recognition and a 3300mAh battery to keep the screen on.

Regarding the camera on both devices, a PureView 20MP sensor is featured on the rear that includes OIS. The rear camera on the Lumia 950 is coupled with a dual-LED flash, while the one on the XL model is coupled with a triple-LED flash. The sensor also supports 4K video recording. On the front, both devices feature a 5MP selfie sensor, though the 950 XL also features a front-facing LED flash.

Finally, both devices come running Windows 10 and will be available starting November. The Lumia 950 will cost $549, while the 950 XL will cost $649. Comment your thoughts down below, are you excited by Microsoft’s new flagship devices?


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