During a press conference held in the city of New York, Microsoft officially introduced a couple of new flagship devices, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, which will be made exclusively available from AT&T in the United States. As its name implies, the Lumia 950 XL is a phablet variant of the Lumia 950. Apart from unveiling two new flagship phones, Microsoft also took the opportunity to announce the entry level Lumia 550 smartphone, a new tablet (the Surface Pro 4), and its first ever laptop (the Surface Book).
First off, the new flagship devices -- the Lumia 950 features a 5.2 inch display screen, while its larger sibling sports a 5.7 inch display screen. Both come with OLED displays, with a pixel density of 564 pixels per inch (ppi) and 518 ppi, respectively. Camera wise, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are equipped with a 20 megapixel camera with a natural flash. The devices’ camera can shoot 4K video, and feature fifth generation optical image stabilization (OIS), plus a special dedicated camera button.
With regards to hardware specifications, the Lumia 950 features a hexa core Qualcomm chip, while the Lumia 950 XL has an octa core Qualcomm chip. Both new Lumia 950 smartphones have 32 gigabytes of onboard memory, as well as a micro SD card slot for storage expansion and a new USB Type C connector.
Microsoft was generous enough to provide pricing and availability information for the two new flagship devices. The Lumia 950 will offered at $549, while the Lumia 950 XL will be priced at $649. For those interested in purchasing any one of the latest Lumia smartphones, know that the devices will start shipping on November of this year.
Panos Panay, the chief of Microsoft’s Surface development team, shared some insights on the power of the new Lumia smartphones. Those who are wondering why the newly unveiled devices need liquid cooling technology may be surprised to know that the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are very powerful handsets. Users can actually plug the devices to a dock (it is called Continuum and it has a Type C input, plus three USB, HDMI, and DisplayPort connectors), and use them with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. The devices can do this because they run a nearly complete version of Microsoft’s Windows 10 operating system.
As for the entry level Lumia 550 handset, the device features a 5 inch display screen, a 5 megapixel camera, a 1.2 GigaHertz quad core Snapdragon 210 processor, 8 gigabytes of internal memory, and is priced at $139. Microsoft has stated that the Lumia 550 will be launching this December in specific markets in Europe (albeit the phone’s availability will be further expanded by next year).
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