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Microsoft Lumia 950: Up Close


News by Luke Jones on Tuesday October 06, 2015.

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Lumia 950
Lumia 950

Microsoft launched two devices running its Windows 10 Mobile platform today, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. While the 950 XL is the more spec?d out of the two, it is the Lumia 950 that is Microsoft's flagship, simply because its smaller size will appeal to more people. Despite not being quite as decked out as its larger sibling, the 950 is a potent package and a welcome addition to the Windows platform, which has been bereft of high end quality for too long.

Here we got up close with the Lumia 950, so here is what the device brings:

Platform: Windows 10

Dimensions: 82.1 x 145 x 73.2 mm

Screen: 5.2-inch AMOLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels Quad HD (564ppi)

SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 clocked at 1.8GHz, with liquid cooling

Internal Storage: 32GB, with microSD card slot

Main camera: 20 MP with triple LED flash and 4K video with 5th gen OIS

Front cam: 5MP selfie cam

Connectivity: 4G LTE, dual-band antenna, and USB Type C connector

Battery: 3000mAh, supports rapid charging and wireless charging

Microsoft has delivered a device that matches up to its flagship rivals in almost every aspect, with Quad HD display resolution, a high end camera (complete with dedicated shutter button), a larger than its class average battery, and storage options. Even the Snapdragon 808, which is not Qualcomm?s flagship processor, it is a chipset we have seen deliver solid performance in the LG G4.

Of course, the point of this smartphone is to show off Microsoft's brand new Windows 10 Mobile platform that was rolled out alongside the new handsets. While aesthetically the link to Windows 8 remains, the overall design has been updated and the features and functionality have moved forward significantly.

Continuum is one of the new features that Microsoft is eager to talk about and with good reason as it is an interesting software idea. Because Windows 10 is a universal system across form factors, Continuum lets you connect your smartphone to a television and use it as a full PC. We are not sure what limitations there are, if any, but Microsoft says you can use a dedicated dock to connect to the PC, while you can still use the smartphone while it is hooked up. We will be hearing more about Continuum in the coming days and we guess it will be a major deal when we review the Lumia 950 and 950XL.

Windows Hello is a new way of unlocking your smartphone, taking advantage of the iris scanner that the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL possess. They are both the only flagship smartphones boasting this technology and Microsoft is hoping it will become as popular as the fingerprint sensor has become. The infra-red scanner works in low light too, allowing you to unlock your 950 in the dark.

Microsoft says the Lumia 950 will launch in November with a price points of $550, which is slightly below the real high end flagships, although we think a price closer to $500 would have made this a really compelling option.

 
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