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It’s hardly safe to say that Windows Phone will now be able to compete toe-to-toe against the iOS and Android giants of the mobile world, but at least it’s now got a couple of prominent pugilists to enter the ring. At the Microsoft event yesterday, which also saw the official unveiling of the Surface Pro 4 and surprise announcement of the Surface Book, Microsoft took the cover off the first two devices to be powered by Windows 10 Mobile: the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Microsoft Lumia 950XL.

It seems like the exact naming of this mobile platform is still a source of confusion. I’ve seen it as Windows 10 Mobile, Windows 10 for Mobile, and Windows 10 for Phones. Whatever you want to call it, all the rumors are pretty much true. What we once knew as the Talkman and the Cityman have now been officially revealed as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, respectively. They boast practically the same internals, save for a couple of key differences.

Both phones boast a Quad HD AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack technology and the Glance screen feature. The difference is that the “smaller” Lumia 950 has a 5.2-inch screen and a Snapdragon 808 chip, whereas the Lumia 950XL gets its suffix from its larger 5.7-inch screen and the more powerful Snapdragon 810 processor. To go along with the size differential is a difference in battery capacity: 3000mAh on the Lumia 950 and 3300mAh on the Lumia 950XL. Both phones get QuickCharge and Qi support.

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL: Windows Phone Is Back

The rest of the spec sheet is identical, including some form of liquid cooling. There’s a 20MP PureView camera on the back with 2160p video support, a 5MP selfie camera, an iris scanner for Windows Hello unlocking, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot good for up to 200GB more, USB Type-C port, and optional dual SIM capabilities with LTE Cat. 4 (up to 150Mbps) or LTE Cat. 6 (up to 300Mbps). And they both support Continuum for that almost Windows 10 desktop experience when connected via a dock to your monitor.

Pricing has been set at $549 for the Microsoft Lumia 950, while the Lumia 950XL pegs in at $100 more. Both phones should ship next month.


Via GSMArena and TC

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