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Microsoft announces two flagship Lumia 950 handsets, plus the budget-minded Lumia 550

By Shawn Knight · 7 replies
Oct 6, 2015
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  1. Microsoft on Wednesday announced a trio of new Lumia smartphones during its Windows 10 hardware event, tackling the entry-level space with the new Lumia 550 and the high-end market with a pair of flagships. Most of what we learned today had already been leaked by Microsoft although there were a few surprises still in store.

    The new Lumia 950 XL certainly earns its suffix with a large 5.7-inch 1440p OLED display (518 PPI) that’s powered by Qualcomm’s octa-core Snapdragon 810 SoC clocked at 2.0GHz alongside 3GB of RAM. There’s also 32GB of internal storage that’s expandable via microSD card slot, a 20-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera with triple-LED flash, f/1.9 aperture and optical image stabilization that can shoot 4K video, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a large removable 3,300mAh battery.

    UBS Type-C connectivity comes standard, as does Qi wireless capabilities. According to Microsoft, the USB Type-C connector can provide a 50 percent charge in just 30 minutes.

    The regular 950, meanwhile, packs a smaller 5.2-inch 1440p OLED display (564 PPI) with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC and 3GB of RAM under the hood. It also comes with 32GB of expandable local storage, the same 20-megapixel rear-camera, 5-megapixl selfie cam, USB Type-C connectivity, wireless charging and 3,000mAh battery.

    Naturally, both phones run Windows 10.


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  2. irockisos

    irockisos TS Rookie

    I hope AT&T will not be the only carrier that gets these devices. Currently, I am with T-mobile and I have been waiting for a quality Windows device to be released. I have been a huge fan of windows phones when I used to rock a HD 2.

    Good to see that they are bringing some glory back to the Windows mobile market.

    GG Microsoft!!
    Peter Farkas and MoeJoe like this.
  3. MoeJoe

    MoeJoe Banned Posts: 837   +441

    Same here.
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,571   +2,051

    At 139$ it is really expensive for what hardware it has. all phones are expensive.
  5. Peter Farkas

    Peter Farkas TS Evangelist Posts: 352   +167

    me too ;-)
  6. misor

    misor TS Evangelist Posts: 1,397   +303

    if marketed in the Philippines, this will go vs cherry mobile android one LTE version, priced in the Philippines about 5999php (Philippine pesos); with 16gb internal storage, snapdragon 410 soc.
    as usual, what the heck is Microsoft thinking releasing a not so competitive low cost model with 'meager specs' compared to the android competition?
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2015
  7. Skidmarksdeluxe

    Skidmarksdeluxe TS Evangelist Posts: 8,647   +3,286

    Nice devices no doubt (apart from that overpriced budget offering) but I doubt they'll change M$'s ~2% global mobile market share. They are always gonna be bit players in the greater scheme of things for the foreseeable future.
  8. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,811   +1,179

    WHAT?! No one is talking about the dock ability to convert a phone into a desktop computer that could potentially benefit the average user? That means you actually carry a computer in your pocket.

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