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Introducing the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL

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After months of speculation and rumor, Microsoft finally took the wraps off its new flagship smartphones.

The Lumia 950 features a 5.2 inch WQHD screen, sheathed in a polycarbonate casing, while the 950 XL is a bit bigger with a 5.7 inch screen. On the rear is 20MP Pureview camera with ZEISS optics – capable of shooting 4K video, 5th generation OIS, and tri-tone flash for accurate color balancing. Both devices also feature 5MP front-facing cameras with a near-infrared Iris scanners, bringing Windows Hello (beta) security capabilities to Windows 10 Mobile.

 

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Under the hood, the former device features a Snapdragon 808 64-bit hexa-core processor, with an octo-core 810 on the latter. Additionally they have 32GB of storage with microSD support of up to 2TB, and run on 3GB of RAM, which should keep things running smoothly. The Lumia 950 is powered by a (removable!) 3000mAh battery, supplemented by Qi wireless charging, and the 950 XL has a larger battery at 3450mAh. The USB type-c connector coupled with USB 3.1 enables Quick Charging 2.0 which should power up the devices up to 50% in 30 minutes. Microsoft touts the fact that they’ve packed two of the most advanced adaptive antennas into the devices, able to choose which one will offer the best connection at any given moment. You’ve also got tablet-class liquid cooling to keep the device from heating up!

 

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The Lumia 950 and 950 XL run Windows 10 Mobile in its full and final form, and thanks to some hardware capabilities are able to take advantage of Microsoft’s Continuum feature, transforming the devices into full PCs when connected to a display and keyboard via the Microsoft Display Dock with full HDMI and 3 USB ports for accessories.
Both of the devices will be available in November for 549 and 649 respectively. More information available as it develops…
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