Ever wanted a Lumia 930-sized device that packs the latest hardware along with all the PureView goodies? Well, wait no more, Microsoft has just announced its next flagship duo, the Lumia 950 and the 950 XL. After being featured in the leaks for a long time, Microsoft has finally decided to let the cat out of the bag.
Specifications: Small yet powerful
The Microsoft Lumia 950 is fit with a 5.2-inch WQHD OLED display, the W in the WQHD display stands for Wide QHD display. The resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels is also grand enough to lend the device a staggering 565 ppi making it the sharpest Microsoft device we have seen so far.
At the heart of the device is a 64-bit hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Soc which is coupled with 3GB of RAM. The internal memory is an uninspiring 32GB while it can be expanded further up to 2TB with the help of a microSD card. The Lumia 950 is fit with a 3000 mAh battery which should suffice for a day’s worth of charge with nominal usage.
The 950 also has a USB Type-C port which will ensure enhanced connectivity, faster data transfer speeds, and future proofing. Microsoft also states that the handset can be charged from zero to 50 percentage in about 30 minutes.
So Cool – It Is Liquid Cooled
The Microsoft Lumia 950 carries a similar liquid cooling set up as we have mentioned in the Lumia 950 XL. We commend Microsoft for coming up with such an innovative solution to the handle the heating issues that plague the latest line-up of Qualcomm processors.
The camera: PureView, Need We Say More?
The rear camera of the Lumia 950 is a 20-megapixel PureView camera that has an aperture of F/1.9 and is most likely built upon a 1/2.5-inch sensor. The rear camera features 5th gen optics and Optical Image Stabilization for enhanced low light performance, the triple LED RGB flash is also a nice addition. The Lumia 950 can also record videos in 4K at 30fps as expected.The front camera is a selfie-friendly 5-megapixel unit which should also be good for video conferencing.
Windows Hello: Just Look and Unlock
If you are so lazy that placing your thumb on a fingerprint scanner is a tiresome chore, then the Lumia 950 has a special feature for you. It is equipped with an Iris Scanner which works with Microsoft’s Windows Hello functionality and lets you unlock your device by just looking at it. The eye recognition is done by a depth-sensing camera which is assisted by infrared cameras that help the handset analyze the characteristic features. The analysis is carried out within a dedicated Intel processor that Microsoft has licensed from the semiconductor giant.
Continuum: It Continues to Make Its Way Into the Smaller Sibling As Well
The Windows Continuum is also present in the Lumia 950. It lets the users connect an external display, monitor and keyboard to the handset with the help of a dedicated Microsoft dock. This feature, along with the Microsoft Store, will possibly make the dream of carrying our PCs around within a pocket, a reality.
Pricing and Availability
The Microsoft Lumia 950 starts at $549 in the US market while prices for other regions have not been announced yet. The handset will be up for grab by as early as November and we cant wait to see it in action!