Windows 10 is set to be a universal OS that’ll not only be on PCs, but it’ll also be on smartphones, tablets, and even the Xbox One. Currently Windows 10 has really only rolled out to PCs, but at Microsoft’s hardware event yesterday, they unveiled the Lumia 950, the 950 XL, and the cheaper Lumia 550.
First, lets talk about the big guys, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. It’s been around a year and a half since the last flagship Windows phone was announced, so this has been a long-time coming and Microsoft is pulling out all of the stops.
First the Lumia 950 comes with a 5.2-inch WQHD AMOLED display with a resolution of (1440×2560). It’ll also have a Snapdragon 808 processor with 3GB RAM making this one of the most powerful Windows phones and of course, it’ll be running Windows 10. It’s also the first Lumia device to make the most of Qualcomm’s latest processors. And did I mention it has liquid cooling? Yeah.
This high-end device also has an impressive camera with a 20-megapixel PureView camera with triple LED flash. On the front, you’ve got a wide-angle 5-megapixel front-facing camera. There’s also 32GB memory on board, enough to hold all of those hi-res pictures, and there’s support for USB Type-C.
In addition to this, it’ll also support the new Continuum feature of Windows 10, allowing you to use the smartphone as a PC by allowing support for both a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, as well as connecting the device wirelessly to a monitor. Right now this is only really supported by Microsoft’s apps, and developers will have to create Windows 10 apps in order to make use of this Continuum feature.
As for the Lumia 950 XL this device is, of course, just a much bigger version of the 950 with a 5.7-inch display. Both the hardware and software is largely the same as its smaller brother.
Both devices are set to launch this November with the Lumia 950 priced at $549, and the larger Lumia 950 XL priced at $649.
Now onto the more budget conscious smartphone, Microsoft also announced the Microsoft Lumia 550, and while it’s not quite as powerful as the larger 950, the 550 continues to offer Lumia smartphones in developing regions.
This 5-inch device is set to replace the Lumia 640 and 640 XL as Microsoft’s entry-level device for developing countries and the budget-conscious consumers in the US and Europe.
The device will be powered by a Snapdragon 210 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with a 5-megapixel camera. It’ll have storage options starting at 8GB and will begin at $139 when it launches this December in European markets with other markets receiving the handset in 2016.