At last we have ourselves a Windows 10 flagship smartphone! After what seems like hundreds of rumours and countless leaks, Microsoft took the time to officially unveil the Lumia 950 and 950XL, bringing high-end specs to Windows 10 fans for the first time in quite a while.
Long anticipated and regularly leaked online, the Lumia 950 is the first phone since the Lumia 930 (which was launched 18 months ago) to bring real flagship performance to Windows Phone users.
It doesn’t arrive half-baked either, with Microsoft opening the phone with a stunning 5.2” QHD display, which is the sharpest of any screen on a Lumia phone ever. The classic ClearBlack technology is also included for improved performance, making it one of the better displays on the entire mobile market.
The camera has been given a strong showing as well, with a 20 megapixel PureView effort flanked by a 5 megapixel front facing lens as well. Picture quality is right up there among the best in the business, although we’re still waiting for a Lumia 1020 styled lens…
Behind the scenes we get a Snapdragon 808 chipset to play with, alongside 3GB RAM. Wireless charging and USB type C support are also making the cut for the phone’s 3000mAh battery – which lasts well over a day with regular use.
The second Lumia device that’s making the cut is the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, which as its name suggests, is a bigger version of the standard 950 – with an improved spec sheet.
A 5.7” QHD display is the screen you’ll be getting with the handset, obviously offering a better experience when it comes to taking in media or playing games. Also, the same 20 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera duo are included, although we do get a front facing flash with the larger phone as well.
Behind all of this we get a Snapdragon 810 chipset and an octa-core processor. 3GB RAM is also included, whilst an improved 3340mAh battery also comes along for the ride. USB type C support and wireless charging once again make the cut, resulting in a similar kind of battery life to the 950.
Both Microsoft Lumia smartphones come in single and dual sim variants, and will be on sale next month (November). The Lumia 950 comes in with a cheaper $550 (£360) sim-free price tag, whilst the 950XL comes in at $650 (£430).
If you’re in need of a cheaper deal, then contract plans will be released closer to the launch, with prices varying depending on handset and tariff.
Written by Luke Hatfield