Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: Price, top features, and everything else you want to know

Microsoft recently launched its latest smartphones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, in India, which are the brand’s first flagship devices to run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box. The new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will go on sale in the country sometime in the second week of December across channels. The two smartphones offer quite similar specifications, and are the first Microsoft smartphones to boast quad-HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) resolution displays.

The Lumia 950 XL is the certainly the more high-end of the new Lumia offerings. The phone is a phablet-grade offering that boasts is a powerful processor, a large battery, and liquid cooling technology. If you are planning to upgrade to the new Lumia’s and like large screen devices, the Lumia 950 XL is for you. Here’s everything you need to know about the Lumia 950 including top features, price and etc.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL features

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL boasts a 5.7-inch full HD ClearBlack display with 2K resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, coupled with a meaty 3GB of RAM. For storage, it gets 32GB of internal memory, further expandable up to a whopping 2TB by inserting a microSD card. For imaging, it offers a 20MP rear camera and a 5MP front shooter. In terms of connectivity, it comes with 4G LTE, dual-SIM slots, NFC, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a USB Type-C port as well. The phone is fuelled by a beefy 3,340mAh battery.

Aforementioned are all of the specifications of the Microsoft’s latest phablet flagship smartphone. Now let’s discuss top features of the Lumia 950 XL in details.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: top features you need to know

Windows 10 Mobile

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL runs Windows 10 Mobile, which is essentially the mobile version of the brand’s latest operating system. The new OS brings a handful of new features. It allows developers to turn their Windows desktop apps into mobile versions thanks to universal app support. It brings Cortana with improved support and syncing across devices, and several new great tweaks to apps like Camera, Messaging, Photos, Office Mobile and OneDrive. The new OS also brings a one-handed mode for easy user operations.

Windows 10 Continuum

One of the best features of the Lumia 950 XL is Windows 10 Continuum. This feature allows the new Lumias to act as a Windows 10-powered computer. To do so, you need to connect the device to a monitor, a keyboard and a mouse using the brand’s Display Dock accessory. Doing that will bring you a Windows 10 like user interface, and all Windows 10 universal apps adjust the resolution to fit the external screen.

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Liquid cooled processor

Microsoft has went for the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor for the Lumia 950 XL flagship. This SoC is known for its heating issues in the past, but the companies have found a workaround that. The CPU uses a water-cooling system to dissipate the heat, which makes the Lumia 950 XL the first smartphone to boast this tech. Liquid cooling keeps the CPU internals cool, especially the chipset.

Windows Hello

Microsoft is aiming to dump passwords with Windows 10, and has brought a new Windows Hello feature in the Lumia 950 XL to do so. The Windows Hello feature scans unique vein patterns on user’s eye using the integrated iris scanner to unlock the smartphone and access applications. Users of the Lumia 950 XL are no longer need to submit their credentials to unlock the phone, since it can be done by holding up the device in front of their face.

PureView camera

Microsoft has loaded the Lumia 950 XL with impressive camera features. The phone boasts a 20-megapixel PureView primary shooter with Zeiss optics. The rear camera is coupled with the fifth-gen OIS, a triple RGB flash and dedicated camera button. The phone is capable of recording 4K videos at 30 frames per second, and the three-LED setup doesn’t wash out colours in the pictures. For selfies, the phone offers a 5-megapixel rear snapper. The camera app of the phone comes with a handful of software tweaks to enhance the images.

USB Type-C

There’s one more key feature you need to know about the Lumia 950 XL – a USB Type-C port. The new USB type standard eliminates the hassles while plugging your smartphone to charging or connecting to the computer. In addition, the new USB standard also delivers much faster data transfer speed compared to micro-USB standard. The USB Type-C port also offers fast charging, allowing the Lumia 950 XL to top up to 50 percent with just half an hour of charging.

Conclusion

As you can see in the detailed overview of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, it is a feature-laden Windows offering from the Redmond-based tech giant to go against the Android flagships from Samsung, LG, Sony and BlackBerry etc. It delivers a great media viewing experience thanks to the 2K ClearBlack display, smooth performance, quick charging, great camera specs, and a long-lasting battery. If you are interested, the Lumia 950 XL has been priced at Rs 49,399. During the pre-order period, Microsoft is bundling the phone with a free Display Dock that costs Rs 5,999.

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