Microsoft Unveils the new Lumia 950, 950 XL and Surface Pro 4

Microsoft Unveils the new Lumia 950, 950 XL and Surface Pro 4

Starting off with the phones, Microsoft announced two phones during its NYC event: the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL.


The Lumia 950 sports a 5.2″ QHD (1440 x 2560) AMOLED display, giving it a pixel density of ~565 ppi. Under the hood, you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC with Adreno 418 for its GPU. Powering all of this is a 3,000 mAh battery, which is removable.


The Lumia 950 XL, as the name implies, is the bigger sized brother of the Lumia 950. The 950 XL sports a 5.7″ QHD AMOLED display, giving it a pixel density of ~515 ppi. For the SoC, the Lumia 950 XL trades in the SD-808 for its bigger and hotter sibling, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, along with the Adreno 430. Powering the setup is a larger 3,340 mAh battery, which again, is removable.



The differences between the phones, except their pricing, ends here. A lot of the other traits are shared amongst the two, and in this case, it makes both of them very good offerings for their respective feature sets.

Both the phones come equipped with a 20 MP rear camera with a f/1.9 aperture along with OIS and the ability to record video in 4k. The rear module also features a triple-LED RGB flash. For the front, the phones sport a 5 MP sensor with an aperture of f/2.4 and capable of full-HD video recording. The phones also come with a dedicated camera shutter buttons.

Both the handsets come with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded up to 200GB thanks to the presence of a micro-sd card slot. The handsets are also liquid cooled, which should help with heat dissipation. Both also come with a USB Type-C port of USB 3.1 standard, which Microsoft claims can 50 percent battery in 30 minutes. Not only that, the phones also come equipped with Qi wireless charging.

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are the first smartphones to run on Windows 10 Mobile. Paired with the new Continuum feature and a Microsoft Display Dock, you can essentially use the devices as the CPU for a seamless desktop experience. The exact scope of this implementation is unclear as of yet, but we can expect to run Windows 10 universal apps in a desktop environment when using Continuum.


The Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are scheduled to hit the shelves in November 2015, for price of $549 for the 950 and $649 for the 950 XL. In the USA, availability seems to be restricted to AT&T for the 950, although both the phones are expected to be available from Microsoft directly too.

There were more products launched in the same event, and another notable one amongst the others is the new Surface Pro 4.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 follows along in its predecessors size footprint while still bumping up the screen size to 12.3″ PixelSense display with a resolution of 2763 x 1824, which is optimized for touch as well as pen input. The device is powered by 6th Gen Intel Core processors, offering a choice of either m3, i5 or i7 Skylake. For the storage, the base m3 variant starts with 128GB of SSD storage along with 4GB of RAM, while opting and configuring your own variant can let you pack an i7 with 1TB SSD and 16GB of RAM.


The Surface Pro 4 sports a 8 MP rear camera along with a 5 MP front camera. There’s also a USB 3.0 port and a micro-sd card reader along with other ports. There’s an included Surface Pen in the package too, which claims to have a year’s worth of battery life, and attaches to the side of the Surface Pro 4 magnetically. It also includes a tail eraser, and also supports interchangeable pen tips to emulate pencil, ballpoint or felt tip pens. Users can also opt for the new Type Cover, which now sports a 5-point multi-touch glass trackpad along with a fingerprint sensor.

The Microsoft Surface Pro 4 is available for pre-order from today for a price of $899 for the base (m3 | 128 GB | 4 GB) variant, while going upwards in specs can set you back for as much as $2,699 for the top variant (i7 | 1 TB | 16 GB). Retail availability for the device is scheduled for October 26th 2015.

Credits: Windows Central

And that wasn’t all though. Microsoft also took the wraps off the Surface Book which is marketed as the ultimate laptop and truly attempts to reach this target. There is also the Microsoft Band wearable which serves as a fitness and health tracker and a notification center. And if you haven’t been wowed yet with the plethora of releases, there is also the Microsoft HoloLens, which is a stepping stone into the world of holograms. You can read more about all of these devices from their product pages.

The Microsoft event was truly one that could be enjoyed, both in terms of presentation as well as actual products. Personally speaking, the products launched by Microsoft are very tempting, for they offer a very decent hardware package for prices that aren’t really obscene and far fetched. The Windows 10 environment is what separates the Microsoft experience from Android, and we hope that it continues to flourish under the new integrated ideology. Afterall, some more competition in the duopoly of Android and iOS will only help the consumer get more value for their money and the choice of varied experiences.

What do you think about the Microsoft Lumia 950, 950 XL and the Surface Pro 4? Do they products excite you for the future of Windows 10? Will you consider purchasing any of these devices? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

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Aamir Siddiqui
Aamir Siddiqui

A journalist at XDA-Developers and the current Editor in Chief, I have been writing for XDA since 2015, despite being a qualified business-litigation lawyer. A low-end smartphone purchase in 2011 brought me to the forums, and it's been a journey filled with custom ROMs ever since. When not fully dipped in smartphone news and tutorials, I love traveling to places just to capture pictures of the sun setting. You can reach out to me at [email protected] or on Twitter (@aamirsidd94).

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