Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL showcase mobile Windows 10


— 10:16 AM on October 6, 2015

Microsoft took the wraps off its Windows 10 flagship phones this morning: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. These Lumias pack 5.2" and 5.7" screens with six- and eight-core Qualcomm processors, along with equally high-end cameras. The phones run Windows 10 with Continuum support.

The Lumia 950 and 950XL should be pretty powerful phones, thanks to those Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 810 SoCs. Storage starts at a flat 32 GB onboard, and microSD card slots can hold up to 2 TB more. If that's not enough local storage, the phones can automatically upload data to OneDrive, too.

The rear cameras in the Lumia 950 family use 20-megapixel sensors that can take video at up to 4K resolutions. Optical image stabilization should help capture photos with less blur in low light, and a three-LED "RGB natural flash" that should help capture photos with better color balance. Take that, dual-tone flashes.

USB 3.0 Type-C connectors are starting to show up in more devices, and the Lumia 950 family is no exception. Microsoft boasts that the Lumia 950s can be charged to 50% capacity in less than 30 minutes.

Microsoft also announced a peripheral for the Lumia 950 family—the Microsoft Display Dock. The dock enables Windows 10's Continuum features, which are supposed to offer the full Windows 10 desktop experience with the same phone that people carry around in their pockets all day.

The dock has HDMI and DisplayPort connectivity for external displays and a three-port USB hub for peripherals such as keyboards and mice. Microsoft demonstrated Office applications and file management with Continuum, and it does look remarkably close to a full Windows 10 desktop experience.

You won't have to wait too long to get your hands on the new Lumias. The 950 will be $549 and the larger XL variant will run $649 when they launch in November. A lower-end Lumia 550 will be available at around the same time for $139.

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