News by Josh Dasey on Tuesday November 17, 2015.
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If you have been waiting to grab the Microsoft Lumia 950 on AT&T then the wait is almost over as the second largest carrier in the United States confirmed it will launch the handset today. This is of course on of the first two handsets (alongside the Lumia 950 XL) to run the new Windows 10 Mobile platform and will be available in black and white through AT&T.The device will be sold through the carrier for $149.99 on a two year contract agreement, or for $599 if you want it off contract. Alternatively you can use the AT&T Next program and pay $19.97 per month over 30 months. As for the larger and more spec'd out Lumia 950 XL is not available on any carrier and can only be bought through Microsoft. We would love for more carriers and retailers to show interest in these two smartphones, as they are worth solid sales, however Microsoft's problems with making devices available to consumers look likely to continue. The Lumia 950 XL will not start shipping until November 25th said Microsoft. It will also come in black and white and will cost $649 unlocked in the United States; the 950 XL is available for pre-order now.
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.
Josh is our European editor, tackling news events, reviews, and new items from his UK home. As a former HTC marketing employee, Josh is close to the industry and bring his experience to MobileBurn.