It has been a longtime waiting since we last heard from Microsoft as far as a new flagship Windows Phone device. The last Windows Phone flagship device that we saw was prior to the Nokia buyout by Microsoft, about two years ago. That is an incredibly long time in the mobile market to go without a new flagship device. Apple, Google and Samsung are keeping regular releases of flagship devices each year leaving Windows Phone users to ask why they support Microsoft. We just found out about two new flagship Windows Phone devices coming from Microsoft, two devices that could change how we look at mobile phones. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL.
First let’s discuss what is under the hood of the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL. 32GB of internal storage, better than 16 but come on Microsoft, make 64GB minimum and go to 128GB already. The Lumia 950 (Snapdragon 808) will feature a hexa-core processor while the 950 XL (Snapdragon 810) will run an octa-core CPU which Qualcomm is manufacturing.
The 950 has a 5.2 inch Quad HD (2560×1440) AMOLED screen while the 950 XL features a 5.7 inch screen at the same resolution. Each will feature a 20 megapixel camera that is equipped with ZEISS optics and triple LED flash that will reportedly capture natural tones more definitively. The front facing camera is a 5 megapixel camera. The 950 and the 950 XL both will be powered by 3GB of RAM (finally a decent amount of RAM in a Windows Phone).
Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL will run Windows 10 out of the box, no update, no tricks to get it on these devices. Both devices will run Continuum, a new way to use your phone to get more stuff done. More on Continuum is available here.
It is great to see Microsoft finally re-entering the flagship Windows Phone world and giving users phones that are worth owning. While many will feel that Windows Phone is a lackluster effort and one that should just be stopped, sooner than later.
Pricing for the Lumia 950 ($549) and 950 XL ($649) is definitely in the premium area.
Previously I discussed Microsoft leaving the flagship market, after hearing about the 950 and 950 XL, I may have to rethink that strategy.
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