October 8, 2015

Microsoft's Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL – Specifications, Price and Availability

Microsoft has unveiled a new line of Lumia smartphones on Tuesday at an event in New York. It is already known that the two tech giants Apple and Google had launched their new hardware to target the festive season. Apple had unveiled a pair of smartphones iPhone 6s and iPhones 6s Plus at the beginning of September during its biggest Apple iPhone Event. After Apple, the Search Engine giant Google also announced Nexus 5X and Nexus 6P in the biggest Event at San Fransisco. Now, the turn of Microsoft has arrived and it has announced a slew of new products that include three Lumia smartphones, Surface Book Laptop, a new Surface Pro tablet and an updated version of its wearable fitness tracker, Microsoft Band. All these new devices launched by Microsoft will run on its latest Windows 10 Operating system.

The company has launched Windows 1o in the month of July which is a part of Microsoft’s push to gain a great share of the market for the smartphones and tablets. It is an intellectual approach of Microsoft to compete with other tech giants by announcing its new hardware. At the largest Event happened on Tuesday in New York, Microsoft showcased two new premium Lumia smartphones –  Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. These are the first handsets of the company that comes with Windows 10 Operating system. Here are the complete specifications, price and availability of the pair of Lumia handsets.

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL Specifications

The software giant has showcased a pair of Lumia smartphone on Tuesday at an Event in New York. The two handsets namely Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL comes with Windows 10 operating system and are regarded as the first smartphones to get Windows OS. The pair of smartphones is designed with “tablet-class liquid cooling” in order to handle more powerful chips. Microsoft has launched these two smart handsets and aims to compete against the high-end Android smartphones. Here, we are providing complete details about the price, specifications, features and availability of the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL smartphones. Let us take a closer look at the specs of new handsets.


The new Lumia 950 comes with a 5.2-inch AMOLED display with 2560 x 1440 pixel resolution. The display resolution of Lumia 950 is almost par with other smartphone competitors. The new handset will sport a pixel density of 565 ppi where one can view crisp and clear images with more pixel quality.

Lumia 950 and 950XL - Display

The other handset showcased in the event id Lumia 950XL which is larger compared to 950. The larger 950 XL comes with a 5.7-inches IPS display with 2,560 x 1,440 and a whopping pixel density of 518 ppi ensuring that the handset won’t be easily knocked out in the competition.

Operating System

As Microsoft had already released Windows 10 operating system, the new Lumia handsets will run on Windows 10. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are the first devices to run Microsoft’s Windows 10 out of the box. As we all know, Windows 10 has the biggest USP that consists of an amazing feature called Continuum through which one can turn a mobile device into a full-fledged Windows 10 PC.

Lumia 950 and 950XL - Windows 10 OS

Both Lumia 950 and 950XL handsets feature almost the same hardware and so one can expect a similar experience while using the new devices. You can connect the pair of handsets via Type-C port to a display, keyboard and mouse using the Microsoft Display Dock. You can also connect the devices to an external source. Both the devices come with pre-loaded universal apps.


The Lumia 950 is powered by Hexa-core Qualcomm 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808 while the larger 950 XL packs in a 64-bit Octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810. Both the devices sports 3GB of RAM. Coming to the processing power, both the handsets are well-designed with pretty good processing speed. Lumia 950 and 950XL to run on Microsoft’s Windows 10 is a  great distinguishing factor if it endures hitting its competitors.


Microsoft has announced Lumia 950 and 950XL with a simple storage variant for both the models. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL comes with a 32GB storage variant for both the models. It can be further expandable up to 2TB  via microSD card slot. Microsoft designed the pair of smartphones with a simple storage variant rather than multiple storage variants like 3 different storage variants for Apple iPhone and Google Nexus phones.


In terms of Camera, both handsets come with 20Mega-Pixel rear snapper with a triple LED flash and a fifth generation Optical Image Stabilization. Also, both the devices will come with a dedicated camera button for capturing quick photos.

Lumia 950 and 950XL - Camera

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL comes with a 5Mega-Pixel front-facing camera through which you can capture selfies with high picture quality. The camera of both the handsets also supports 4K and slow motion video recording.


In terms of connectivity options, both the devices support the following:

  • Wi-Fi Dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth v4.1
  • 4G LTE
  • NFC
  • USB Type-C Connector
  • GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS


Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and 950XL is designed with the following sensors which are common for every high-end smartphone.

  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity


The new Lumia 950 come fitted with Li-Ion 3000mAh battery while the Lumia 950XL sports a 3,340mAh battery.

Price and Availability

The Lumia 950 is priced at $549 and 950 XL at $649. Both the handsets are expected to go on sale and hit the stores in the month November. Microsoft company has not said any word about the pricing of new Lumia phones in India and its availability details.

These are the specifications of newly launched Microsoft’s pair of Lumia smartphones. Also, we have mentioned the price and availability of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL smartphones. The company has not yet revealed the price and availability of both the handsets in India.

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Imran Uddin

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