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Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL official

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL official

Microsoft has officially unveiled two new Lumia smartphones, after a series of leaks revealed details of the handsets last week.

The Lumia 950 and 950XL come with a 5.2–inch and 5.5–inch screen respectively. Both handsets have Quad HD displayS with a 2560 x 1440 resolution and pack 20-megapixel cameras with Zeiss optics and a triple LED flash.

The Lumia 950XL amps things up with a snappier 2.0 Ghz octa-core processor, while Lumia 950 comes with a 1.8 GHz hexa-core effort. Only true mobile fanatics will notice any real-world difference, however.

Microsoft is going big on a new feature called Glance Screen, its attempt at taking on Google’s new Now on Tap tool.

Like Now on Tap, it displays context-aware information whenever you pull either device from a pocket or bag. The Big M reckons this will use up no battery life, a big claim. And one we're keen to test.

As with Google’s new Nexus phones, Microsoft has plumped for USB–C as the charging port, something which it says will deliver 50% power after just 30 minutes of being plugged in.

If that plays out, the fresh additions to the Lumia range are certainly going to be an attractive proposition.

Of course, both phones are powered by Windows 10, Microsoft’s latest operating system. This latest update is more PC–like and promises to make integration with a desktop device easier.

The Lumia 950 and 950XL have been pegged for release later this year.



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