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Microsoft unveils two flagship Windows 10 phones: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL

By Ng Chong Seng - on 7 Oct 2015, 2:00am

Microsoft unveils two flagship Windows 10 phones: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL

Update: Hands-on!

I shall not beat around the bush here. As widely rumored, Microsoft has announced the Lumia 950 and 950 XL flagship Windows 10 Mobile phones at its mega Windows 10 devices event today in New York City.

Here’s a rundown of their specs again:

Lumia 950


  • 5.2-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa-core SoC (1.8GHz)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20MP, F1.9 PureView rear camera with Zeiss optics, 5th-gen OIS, triple-LED natural flash; supports 4K video recording
  • 5MP front-facing camera; supports 1080p video recording
  • Iris scanner for Windows Hello
  • 32GB storage with microSD card slot (supports up to 200GB)
  • 3,000mAh removable battery
  • USB-C port; supports fast charging
  • Built-in wireless charging (requires optional charging accessory)
  • Polycarbonate body in black and white color options
  • Available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants
  • 145 x 73.2 x 8.25mm, 150g

Lumia 950 XL


  • 5.7-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 4
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core SoC (2.0GHz)
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20MP, F1.9 PureView rear camera with Zeiss optics, 5th-gen OIS, triple-LED natural flash; supports 4K video recording
  • 5MP front camera; supports 1080p video recording
  • Iris scanner for Windows Hello
  • 32GB storage with microSD card slot (supports up to 200GB)
  • 3,340mAh removable battery
  • USB-C port; supports fast charging
  • Built-in wireless charging (requires optional charging accessory)
  • Polycarbonate body in black and white color options
  • Available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants
  • 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1mm, 165g

Spec for spec, the new Lumias are in no way inferior to other flagship Android phones or iPhones. But since they’re running Windows 10 Mobile, they’ve exclusive features you won’t find anywhere else, such as the iris scanner for quick and secure phone unlocking. There’s also the US$99 Microsoft Display Dock, a little puck that supports the Continuum for phones feature. To quickly recap, when the new handsets are connected to this dock, along with a monitor, keyboard, and mouse, the phones’ UI and compatible universal apps’ UI (like Office Mobile) will become more desktop-like, complete with editing and desktop tools like copy and paste and task switching. It’s a phone as a PC concept done right, if you will.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is priced at US$549; the 950 XL US$649. Local pricing and availability details will be announced closer to launch.

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