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.

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