Microsoft has changed a lot since current CEO Satya Nadella took over the reins of the company. It has skipped Windows 9 and jumped straight to 10, it has released new apps for iOS and Android, and it has promised a brand new mobile operating system to its fans. After a series of previews and test builds, the company will soon (apparently on December 3rd) release the first phones running the final version of Windows 10 for mobile devices, Microsoft Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and 950 XL (codenamed Cityman). And the devices look worthy of attention.
Both new Microsoft phones will have large screens, large enough to make your Mobile casino experience memorable, and appeal to today’s smartphone users. But the really interesting bits are, as usual, under the phones’ plastic cases. Microsoft is aiming its new smartphones on business users, loading them up with productivity features including Continuum, which allows them to “transform” into a PC through connecting them with a display, keyboard and mouse. The two phones will have prices to match their flagship status: Lumia 950 will cost €599, while 950XL will have a price tag of €699.
Hardware-wise the two phones will most likely only differ when it comes to their screens – the Lumia 950 will have a 5.2″ Quad-HD screen with a 2560×1440 pixel resolution (564 ppi), while the 950 XL will have a larger, 5.7″ screen with the same resolution (and a slightly lower ppi value, at 518ppi). Both phones will have a 20 megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics, 32GB of internal storage, expandable through a MicroSD memory card. What makes them tick will differ slightly: the 950 will be powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (1.8GHz), while its big brother by an octa-core SnapDragon 810.
Both new Microsoft smartphones will be cool, and you should take this literally – they will both use the liquid cooling technology to keep their temperatures down. They will be fitted with dual antennae, and will automatically switch to the one with a better signal depending on how the user holds the phone. Besides, they will be using USB-C connectors for sync and charging, which will allow them to charge to 50% in 30 minutes. But they will also be able to charge wirelessly. Aside from all of the above, Microsoft’s flagship smartphones will come with Microsoft’s latest security technology called Windows Hello. The tech will read the users’ iris, and use it as a biometric marker to unlock the phone.
Both new flagships – and another, more affordable handset running Windows 10 – will be released on December 3rd. Current Windows Phone users will get the Windows 10 update sometime after the release of the new handsets, starting this December.