Microsoft Lumia 950 XL makes its official debut

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has just made its official debut and here’s what the phablet has in store for us.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL now official

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Design

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL dimensions are 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm The power, volume, and camera buttons are located on the side of the device (volume up button on top, power button in the middle, and the volume down button on the bottom). The dedicated camera button is also located on the lower part of the side of the device. It is clad in plastic and comes in two colour options – white and black.

Specs

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL sports a 5.7-inch OLED screen with a resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels (Quad HD), which works out to a pixel density of 518 ppi. It is protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4 and ClearBlack tech allows for better visibility outdoors. Four microphones are on board that can record high-quality audio. In the photography department, the phablet rocks a 20-megapixel rear-facing PureView camera with ZEISS optics, 5th generation optical image stabilization, triple LED flash, and 4K video recording capabilities and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that allows for better selfies and video chat. 32 GB of internal storage is on board as well as a microSD card slot for additional storage options. Under the hood is the controversial Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, which is a 64-bit octa-core processor clocked as much as 2 GHz with an Adreno 430 GPU to handle graphics. If you’re worried about the CPU overheating, Microsoft claims that its liquid cooling tech will keep the phablet cool. 3 GB of RAM is on board. The Lumia 950 XL comes with two adaptive integrated antennas that allows for improved reception, depending on how the handset is being held. On board is a USB Type-C connector as well as a 3,340 mAh battery, which is non-removable to users.

Software and features

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL comes with Glance Screen, which allows users to view notifications by simply taking a look at screen, without touching a button. Sadly, there is no fingerprint scanner, but it does come with Microsoft’s Hello identification system (beta), which identifies its owner when picked up without having to press a button. The device supports Qi wireless charging as well as fast charging, allowing the device to charge 50% of its battery in just 30 minutes. Continuum is another unique feature that allows users to plug in the Lumia 950 XL to an external monitor, a keyboard, and a mouse for PC-like use. The catch is, you’ll have to get a Microsoft Display Dock separately, which plugs into the device’s USB Type-C port. Since it runs Windows 10 Mobile out of the box, owners will get to enjoy features such as Cortana (Microsoft’s rival to Siri), OneDrive, Skype, and Office. It also comes with Microsoft’s new and redesigned web browser pre-installed, which replaces Internet Explorer.

Pricing and laiunch date

Microsoft announced that the Lumia 950 XL will be available in November and cost around £423 for the SIM free version.

Want to know when the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL will be available in the UK? Keep it here at Phones LTD for further announcements.

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