While the devices were officially revealed back in October, it is only just recently that the company launched the phones in India. And while the hefty price tag might deter a few, the mouthwatering specs and interesting USPs bundled with the devices might attract a few Windows Phone loyalists. Without further ado, let’s jump into what constitutes these two devices!
Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL run the latest iteration of the Windows OS for smartphones – Windows 10. This version comes with a few interesting features – such as the support for Continuum, which I’ll be talking about shortly.
The 950 comes with a 5.2 inch Quad HD ClearBlack AMOLED display, which results in a pretty crisp 564 ppi pixel density. Powering the device is a hexa core Snapdragon 808 processor that’s clocked at 1.8 GHz. In the memory department, there’s 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard storage which can be further expanded upto 200GB.
In the optics department, the main camera on the 950 is a 20 Megapixel shooter with all the bells and whistles you would associate with a flagship camera Phone – autofocus, Optical Image Stabilisation, f/1.9 aperture and a triple LED flash module. The front shooter is a 5 Megapixel one. Juicing up the device is a 3000mAh removable battery.
Talking about the 950’s bigger sibling, the 950XL offer’s slightly beefier specifications when compared with the 950. The display is a 5.7 inch QHD ClearBlack AMOLED display, which puts the phone in a phablet category, with a pixel density of 518 ppi. Under the hood, there’s a Snapdragon 810 clocked at 2GHz. The memory department is the same for both the devices, with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB of onboard storage that can be expanded upto 200GB.
An interesting feature incorporated into the 950 XL is the liquid cooling technology – which literally uses distilled water to cool the phone down. This is a big plus, since the Snapdragon 810 is a processor infamous for its overheating.
Both phones come with top of the line USB-Type C configuration, and have support for dual nano SIMs.
ENHANCED SECURITY - IRIS SCAN:
With Windows 10, comes Windows Hello – a software optimization and productivity tool that was first introduced for Windows 10 in the PC. And to aid Windows Hello, the two Lumias have additional cameras and sensors.
The Lumia 950 and 950 XL have an infrared camera and a separate camera specifically designed to take pictures of the user’s eyes. The cameras take pictures of your eyes while you are setting the security pin, and this is an additional layer of security that the company has incorporated, keeping the privacy parameter in mind.
Personally, this was one feature that hasn’t been introduced in any recent flagship, and I was really quite excited at the inclusion of a biometric encryption technique to enhance the security within a smartphone.
Along with the phones, the company also launched the Dock. Similar to a Miracast or a Chromecast, the Windows Dock actually offers more features to its alternatives. One can easily connect the smartphone to a display via the Dock and operate both devices independently. This is of particular significance for people who want to multitask in specific environments.
PRICING AND SALE:
The Lumia 950, 950 XL and the Windows Dock go on sale from December 11, both online on Amazon as well as in offline retail stores. While the smartphones are priced at Rs. 43,999/- for the 950 and Rs. 49,399/- for the 950 XL, the Dock is priced at Rs. 5,999/-, but is available free for the initial buyers of the smartphones.
Overall, the phones might have a steep price point, but they also bring to the table advanced features and flagship grade specifications.