The first flagship device to grace the market since Nokia was officially sold to Microsoft is here. Microsoft’s big speaker for the year, Lumia 950 XL is the phablet variant of the new Lumia 950. Announced in October this year, the device has now hit the stores countrywide, priced at INR 49,399. The Lumia 950 XL has a lot riding on it, especially for Microsoft, as the company continues to push Windows Phone to the masses with a lot of hope.
Specs and Hardware
Flaunting a 5.7 inch 2K display and packed in a body of dimensions 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm, the fab 950 XL weighs just 165g which happens to be lighter than both the iPhone 6S Plus and the Nexus 6P. It boasts of an Octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, paired with an impressive 3GB of RAM. Talking about pure hardware, the device will be quite a beast.
As for the optics, the device features a 20MP rear camera whose lens has been engineered by Carl Zeiss Optics like the good old Nokia flagships, and a 5MP front shooter. It is quite visible that the Lumia 950 XL is going to carry forward the legacy in terms of their impeccable camera performance for which Lumia devices have always been outstanding.
The device also features an Iris scanner, providing extra security which is a unique concept. In a world where phones are moving to fingerprint sensors for security, an Iris scanner qualifies for a good offbeat option. A lot depends on how the execution. Any security system that takes longer than the typical pattern unlock is going to be a turn off for most mainstream consumers.
The Lumia 950 XL features a USB Type-C connection port and comes with Wireless charging enable alongside some rapid charging perks. Exhibiting all the standard stuff on flagship now, so it’s great to see Microsoft is keeping up with the current tech landscape in its battle against Android & iOS.
The new Lumia runs the latest Windows 10 Mobile operating system, which is slated to release to older Lumia phones this month. The OS is smooth, fluidic in operations and offers new UI tweaks and optimizations over previous versions of Windows Phone.
Unlike earlier versions of Windows Phone, there are plenty of welcome upgrades on this version, Cortana being the standout feature. The personal assistant has been impressive in every demo so far. Although the operating system is good in its own terms, it has the disadvantage of lack of applications and integrated developer support.
If the long rumored Project Astoria takes off, we may finally see Windows 10 Mobile growing. On the whole, the Lumia 950 XL is a complete flagship, offering top-class specs and new features.
With Windows 10 Mobile, we hope things will change for the better. Go grad this latest flagship of Windows Phone that has been launched in India for INR 49,399 if your Love is Loyal for Lumia!
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