Introducing the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft announced the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones at their Windows 10 devices event. Learn more about them here.

Today was Windows 10 Devices day. Microsoft had an event to announce new devices for their Windows 10 operating system. As a big fan of the Surface Pro 3, I was pretty excited to be there (in NYC) for the announcements. Microsoft came with the runored (Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL Windows Phone 10 smartphones), the expected; the Surface Pro 4, and the surprise; the Surface Book laptop.

Let’s start with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. They are the flagship Windows Phone 10 devices.


Lumia 950 and 950 XL Specs

Display: 5.2 (564 ppi) / 5.7-inch (518 ppi) QuadHD AMOLED displays
Cameras: 20 megapixel rear-facing camera (with OIS) / 5 megapixel front-facing camera
Processor / RAM:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 / Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (Lmia 950 XL)
Memory: 32GB / Internal Memory (with microSD expansion slot)
Battery: 3,000 mAh /  3,340 mAh (950XL) removable battery / Wireless Charging
Connectivity : Bluetooth 4.1, Wi-Fi / USB-C
OS: Windows 10
Features:  OIS / Continuum / Dedicated Camera Button


Pricing and availability

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL will be available in November. The Lumia 950 will start at $549 and the 950 XL at 649. The Lumia 950 will be available on AT&T
Learn more abou the Lumia 950, and 950 XL smartphones HERE


The company also reinforced its commitment to mobile with the introduction of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the first Windows 10 Lumia phones and newest premium phones from Microsoft. With more people using multiple devices throughout their day, Windows 10 provides a familiar and consistent experience that enables a seamless and productive transition from one device to another, whether PCs, tablets or the new phones. With Continuum capability for phones enhanced by the new Microsoft Display Dock accessory, connect the phone to a monitor and transform it for larger-screen entertainment, or add a keyboard and mouse to work like a PC with Windows 10 apps like Microsoft Office, while simultaneously taking calls or performing other tasks6. With the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL enable faster focus and crisper images and videos even in challenging conditions. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will become available in select markets in November; local retailers or operators can give pricing and availability.”

First Impressions

I had very little time to play with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. They reminded me of the Lumia Icon in build. The display dock which allows you to enjoy the Windows 10 Continuum experience. The phone seamlessly connected on other displays. Scaling was smooth on the larger display, and there was no lag. Otherwise, the phone UI experience felt pretty much the same with the tiles. As with the previous experiences, I hope to see more app support. Apps tend to run smoothly on Windows Phone, when available of course.

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