With the advent of android and iOS, Nokia became increasingly obscure with Windows Phone. Eventually selling out to Microsoft itself. The latest additions to the Lumia series, however, pack quite a punch and may just be what is needed to turn the precarious state of Microsoft Windows Phone into a winner. After a year, Microsoft has released what can be called true high-end and flagship phones, with Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL respectively.
Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL Features
Microsoft is not changing from the OLED trend and has installed 5.2” (Gorilla Glass 3) for Lumia 950, and 5.7” for the Lumia 950XL. These are 4K (1440 x 2560) displays so the pixels per inch turns out to be 565 and 515. Pretty amazing right? This means that the displays would be crisp and clear. They would also support glance screen so you can quickly check the time or weather with minimal cost to the battery.
Both the phones come out with a different chip: 950 has the hexa-core Snapdragon 808 coupled with Adreno 418 GPU and the 950XL has the octa-core Snapdragon 810 alongside Adreno 430 GPU. Although the 810 has been notorious with its overheating problems. Microsoft addresses this issue by installing a liquid cooling mechanism inside both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL that would supposedly keep the heat under control. According to Microsoft, they brought it right from the tablet (Surface pro) to the phone.
Lumia phones have always been a bit better at providing good quality cameras to the public on budget phones, this is no different. Both the phones come with a 20 Megapixel rear camera with PureView Zeiss Lens, and a triple LED Flash. This is coupled with an OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) software that would increase the quality of a low light shot and help with shaky video recording. Both phone cameras support 4K video capture.
Both the devices feature USB Type-C which is increasingly becoming a standard in smartphones. Microsoft was confident that transfer rates would be up to 5Gbits/s. Both Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL also feature dual antennas for maximum signal reception, which basically means that it prioritizes the signal reception from the antennas. So if one of the antennas is being blocked, the phone automatically switches to signal reception from the other antenna.
A new feature announced was Windows Continuum- Which basically means you would be able to turn your smartphone into a full-fledged PC with the help of Microsoft Display Dock. This dock consists of ports for connecting Keyboard, mouse, and monitor. The device will be able to stream 1080p images to the display device. That is you can convert you phone into a full Windows 10 PC with all the desktop features like taskbar etc. And the Phone would work normally during all this it just needs to stay connected.
Rare as the feature is nowadays on flagships and high-end phones Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL are featuring Micro SD slots in addition to their 32 Gigabytes of internal storage space. So you can expand up to about 256 GBs on top of this and this may increase soon for up to 2TB.
Now with these vast features and a big screen what most phones get left behind is the battery backup. Thankfully Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL features a 3,000 mAh and 3,400 mAh battery respectively. This should be enough, but only real world tests will confirm.
On top of this the phones would also feature quick charging, and Microsoft has revealed half an hour of charging would charge the phone up 50%.
Iris scanner is a feature that works alongside Windows Hello Beta that allows you to unlock the phone by looking at the infrared camera on the top of the screen. This is featured in both the devices and offers enterprise-grade security to the phone.
Both Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL are ripe with features and high-end hardware and can probably take the market by storm the estimated price right now is $549 and $649 for Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL off-contract respectively. That reaches about ₹35,640 and ₹42,120. Certainly not cheap but the surplus of features offered by both the phones might finally sway the crowd in their favor.
How do you feel the phones would perform? Do you think that Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL might hold their own in front of the likes of Nexus and IPhone 6S? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.