Microsoft Unveiled the Lumia 950 Series at the Windows 10 Devices Event
Microsoft is bringing back the Lumia name in a big way. Last month, the Redmond giant officially unveiled two brand new flagship smartphones during its Windows 10 devices event in the U.S.: the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL.
Those who watched the unveiling of Microsoft's new flagships by Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing, as well as those who were present at the event, were most certainly elated, and for good reasons. First, both the new Lumia smartphones are the first major flagship Windows Phones to launch since the Lumia 1520 almost two years ago. Secondly, both phones are running the new Windows 10 OS, and along with the new OS comes a whole new range of features and functions, such as Windows Continuum.
What is Continuum, you ask? It is essentially a functionality that allows users to use either the Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL as a fully functioning desktop, while still retaining its primary functions as a smartphone. To be clear: we are talking about running a desktop version of Windows 10 directly from your phone, as you would on a proper PC. It's revolutionary in more ways than one, as this effectively makes the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL the exact definition of a pocket PC.
As is expected of flagship devices, both phones are packed to the brim with many of today's top-of-the-line hardware. The Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch Quad HD display (2,560 x 1,440), and is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 808 SoC. The Lumia 950 XL, which is (obviously) the big brother of the two, has been given a larger 5.7-inch Quad HD display, along with (what we presume to be) the beefier secondgeneration Snapdragon 810 SoC. Microsoft has also thought of transfer speeds as well, having fitted both phones with the latest USB Type-C port, which not only allows for shorter file transfer times, but also supports fast charging.
Obviously, it wouldn't be a proper Lumia flagship phone without its PureView camera, and we're glad to tell you that Microsoft didn't disappoint. Both phones are equipped with a 20MP PureView rear camera sensor with Zeiss optics, as well as a 5MP front-facing camera. Asides from photography, the rear camera sensor is capable of recording 4K video content effortlessly, while the front-facing camera is capable of recording video in Full HD (1,920 x 1,080).
At the time of writing, both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are only available for purchase in the U.S. Microsoft has yet to announce the arrival of both phones in the Malaysian market.
Panos Panay, Corporate Vice President for Surface Computing at Microsoft, holding up one of the Lumia 950 phones at the Windows 10 devices event.