Microsoft unveiled the first Windows 10 Mobile-based flagships, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, at the Windows 10 Devices event in October and impressed many fans with the extensive capabilities. The international availability of the 2015 flagships was unknown at the time but the company's CEO, Satya Nadella, finally gave away the details at the Future Unleashed event in Mumbai on Thursday.
Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL will arrive in India by December, Nadella announced. With such a delayed launch, Microsoft will miss out on some of the biggest festivals in India, when the consumers shop the most for new products, smartphones and gadgets. The exact release date in December is yet to be revealed, but we will find out soon enough.
Microsoft's rivals in the premium smartphone market, including Apple, Samsung, Sony and others have already launched their flagships in almost all the countries. But, Microsoft seems to be closing the exciting year on a good note by launching Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL globally.
Microsoft's Nadella did not reveal the price of the Lumia flagships in India, but the US pricing gives a diminutive hint. Lumia 950 was launched with a price tag of $549, which roughly translates to Rs. 35,800, while the Lumia 950XL starts from $649, approximately Rs. 42,300. Of course, there will be a change in price when the handsets are launched in India but not with a huge margin.
Specifications: Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950XL
Microsoft Lumia 950 features a 5.2-inch QHD display with 564ppi and 32GB expandable storage. It is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB RAM. Lumia 950XL sports a 5.7-inch QHD screen with 518ppi and upgraded 2GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC with 3GB RAM. It also packs dual-SIM support, which lacked in Lumia 950.
There are several common features in Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL, including a 20MP rear camera with OIS, f/1.9 aperture and triple LED RGB flash, 5MP front camera with f/2.4 aperture, Windows 10 OS, USB Type-C ports, fast charging tech with built-in wireless charging support and Hello biometric authentication system.
Due to the varying size of the handsets, Lumia 950 packs a 3,000mAh battery, while the Lumia 950XL is powered by a 3,340 unit.