Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Devices Released with Windows 10 and Continuum

Microsoft has released the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL phones that come with high end specifications. The new Lumia smartphones are the first devices developed entirely by Microsoft after the company purchased the Nokia’s handset business back in April 2014 for 7.2 billion dollars. Satya Nadella, CEO at Microsoft, has firstly showed the Lumia 950 XL in India during the company’s Future Unleashed event that was held in Mumbai, on November 5-6, 2015.

The Lumia 950 XL comes with a 5.7-inch screen and features a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor that’s backed by 3GB of RAM. The device has 32GB of internal storage which can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card. When it comes to cameras, the Lumia 950 XL features a 20MP primary shooter on the rear side and on its front side is placed a 5MP secondary camera. To make things even better, the device supports wireless charging.

The Lumia 950 XL supports dual SIM cards and 4G LTE, both features being very important on the Indian market.

On the other hand, the Lumia 950 device comes with a 5.2-inch display, a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core processor and it is backed by 3GB of RAM. Likewise the Lumia 950 XL, the Lumia 950 has an internal storage of 32GB which supports expansion up to 200GB using a microSD card, the primary camera has a resolution of 20MP and the other one, which is placed on the front side, supports 5MP.

Microsoft Lumia 950 features a battery of 3000 mAh, while the Lumia 950 XL features a larger battery of 3340 mAh.

Both devices run on Windows 10 OS and come with Continuum, a feature which allows you to connect the devices to a monitor using an optional display dock to convert it to a regular desktop computer. Keep in mind that you will have some limitations, as you will be able to run ONLY applications available in the Windows Store. At the same time, you will be able to open an application on your monitor at one time.

Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL support Windows Hello, which will allow the phone’s camera to read user gestures to unlock the devices. The cameras are also able to read users’ irises to unlock the devices.

You can already pre-order the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL from Amazon.in, but you can also pre-order them from a retail store such as Reliance Digital Store or Crome. These two devices will hit the stores in India on December 11, 2015.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL – A Cool Phablet Running On Windows 10

Microsoft had a short Android experiment, killing its Nokia X line immediately because it didn’t have the hoped success. Instead, the company continued to improve its operating system and released multiple Lumia devices with better or weaker specs. The Lumia 950 XL is a flagship running on the new Windows 10, but can it replace any Android device? Let’s see what it hides inside and what features will attract you.

Design and Display

The Lumia 950 XL has a simple design, featuring a polycarbonate casing which reminds of an old generation Android device, but we can’t really say that it’s ugly, but it doesn’t look premium either. The phone is very tall, which makes it a phablet with a height of almost 152mm, but it’s also wide at 78.4mm and it has a thickness of 8.1mm. On the back, in the center, sits the camera with a large circular lens and a 1mm silver ring around it. However, the phone doesn’t feel heavy in your hand, as it weights 165 grams, an average weight for its dimensions. On the front side, the bezel is minimal, the screen measures 5.7-inch and it uses Samsung’s AMOLED technology (1440 x 2560 pixels at 518 ppi), which provides very vibrant colors, but the battery doesn’t get drained fast, because it has a big capacity of 3340 mAh and it lasts long enough. Also, the battery is charged via the USB-C port, which sits at the bottom of the device, while at the top is found the headphone port and on the right side were placed all physical buttons, including a dedicated camera button.

Hardware

Under the hood, or under the battery, more exactly, hides the chipset, which is a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810. The phablet is very fast with the pair of quad core processors clocked at 1.5GHz and 2GHz, which, combined with 3GB of RAM and the new Windows 10, offer a flawless performance, without lags or other inconveniences. The Lumia 950 XL users can install PC applications because the internal memory supports a capacity of 32GB, which is enough for filling it with your favorite applications or games. Also, there was added a microSD card slot which allows expansion up to 200GB. Also, Microsoft offers 200GB of OneDrive cloud storage for saving photos and videos.

Cameras

The main camera is very impressive, using PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics, but it can also support OIS, autofocus and triple-LED RGB flash. Also, it’s able to record 4K videos at 30fps with optical image stabilization. What will bother you is that there are too many separate camera applications, but they can be pulled together into a single camera application and use various lenses available. As for the front camera, it has a resolution of 5MP.

Software

Windows 10 comes with lots of new features and functions. Continuum will sync your devices so that you can continue writing an email on your laptop/computer after starting it on your Lumia 950 XL. Also, you can personalize your homescreen with tiles and the quick selection titles can be accessed from the pull-down menu, where you can find WiFi, Settings, Flashlight etc.