The Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL were launched globally at the company's Windows 10 Devices event in October, and are due to hit launch markets in November. As noted the same month, the dual SIM variants of the smartphones are expected to launch in India, with the Microsoft India store already listing the smartphone as 'coming soon'. The Microsoft Lumia 550 budget Windows 10 Mobile smartphone was also launched alongside, but only due in launch markets in December. At the moment, there is no news about the Lumia 550's release date in India.
The Lumia 950 starts from $549 (roughly Rs. 35,800) in the US, while the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL starts from $649 (roughly Rs. 42,300). The Lumia 550 on the other hand was priced at $139 (roughly Rs. 9,100) in the US.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 Dual SIM sports a 5.2-inch QHD display with a pixel density of 564ppi. It is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and 3GB of RAM. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM, on the other hand, sports a 5.7-inch QHD display with a pixel density of 518ppi. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3GB of RAM. It also comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB).
Both the handsets come equipped with a 20-megapixel rear camera with 4K video recording, OIS, and an f/1.9 aperture, apart from a 5-megapixel sensor placed upfront with an f/2.4 aperture and full-HD video recording. The rear camera module features a triple-LED RGB flash module, and the phones feature dedicated camera buttons. They are the first Lumia handsets to run Microsoft's new mobile operating system, Windows 10 Mobile. Both handsets are also liquid cooled.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL come with adaptive antenna technology. The company says that this makes it possible for the device to give users the best reception no matter how they pick it up.
The phones also feature USB Type-C port (USB 3.1), which Microsoft says with the inbuilt fast charging can charge 50 percent of the battery in just 30 minutes. Both phones also feature removable batteries, and built-in wireless charging.
As for software features, both Lumia 950 and 950 XL support Windows Hello biometric system that unlocks the device by just looking at your face. But the biggest deal was Windows 10 Continuum. Using a Microsoft Display Dock - which comes with an HDMI port, DisplayPort, and three USB ports - you can connect your phone to a monitor and use it with a Windows 10-like PC interface.