Review Recap: Lumia 950

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Microsoft’s Lumia 950 gets the first reviews. Here is a little recap of them. 

Lumia 950 is the first Lumia flagship in almost two years. It’s the first Windows 10 phone and according to the reviews, it’s visible. The software feels like a pre-release version, it’s not complete yet.

On the positive side, the display is great. AMOLED panel with the ClearBlack filter gives perfect blacks and the QHD resolution gives the sharpness. Also the camera gets good reviews, it’s the best part of the device. The great camera software continues where it left with the Lumia 930. Even the Lumia 950 is not a perfect camera. It sometimes struggles even in good conditions and sometimes it just takes the perfect photo. Might be the software.

Staying on the positives, the Windows Hello is told to be working great. Only problem is the fact that the device needs to be almost on the eye level, unlike a fingerprint scanner phone that can be opened already on its way from pocket. Windows Continuum shares the opinions. It’s great for light working but it needs really be light. For example full desktop tabs can’t stay open for long due to the lack of RAM or unstable software. The 950 XL with beefier specs might do better here.

On the hardware side, the Lumia’s build doesn’t impress anyone. Gone is the neon colors from previous devices and the metal of the 940. The 950 is made out of plastic, white or black plastic. As The Verge says in their conclusion, “cheap materials and boring design”. The Snapdragon 808 runs the Windows 10 easily. The hiccups are not the lack of power, it’s the software. The battery gets the usual one day of heavy to moderate usage.

The lack of apps is real. Microsoft just told that the Android app support is late and that’s bad for Windows Phone. The Google apps just don’t exist and the Facebook, Twitter and Instagram apps are numerous versions behind their iOS and Android cousins. Some apps are just plain missing. Come on Microsoft, get that Android support done.

The PocketNow review has probably the best conclusion: “Only if you’re a fan”. The Lumia 950 is not a complete device. It’s for those who liked the previous Lumia devices but not for many more.

Sources: The Verge, PocketNow, GSMArena, CNET, TechRadar

Microsoft releases new Lumia flagships

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Microsoft has finally updated their smartphone lineup with two flagship devices. Both feature respectable specifications and run Windows 10 Mobile. 

Lumia 930 from the first half of 2014 has been the Lumia flagship for a long time now. Finally with the launch of Windows 10 Mobile, Microsoft releases new high-end Lumias.

The Lumia 950 XL is the big brother. It has a great 5.7″ 1440p QHD AMOLED display, liquid cooled Snapdragon 810, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 3340mAh battery and a 20 megapixel camera.

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Lumia 950 has a smaller display at 5.2″ and a Snapdragon 808 which is also liquid cooled. It also misses a little on the battery capacity, 3000mAh. Other specs are similar. Both have a USB Type-C charging and syncing port, 5MP front facing camera and microSD support for up to 200GB cards. Both phones will be available in November. The 950 is priced at $549 and the XL costs $649.

Microsoft was really marketing their new Continuum dock. It connects the phone to an external display and the phone acts like a Windows 10 computer.

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Microsoft Band was also updated. The new version has curved AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass, new band material, a barometer to measure ascend and descent and the Cortana integration. The new band costs $249 and will be available for preorders later this month.

Microsoft announces October 6 event

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Microsoft has sent press invitations for an event on October 6. We are expected to see the new Windows 10 devices.

The main focus of the event will be the new Windows 10 Mobile devices, Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The devices are rumored to feature QHD displays, high-end Snapdragon SoCs and 3GB of RAM. The plastic design returns with a large camera bump on the back.

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The Lumia 950 is going to feature a 5.2″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 808 and 3000mAh battery. The larger 950 XL has a 5.7″ 1440p display, Snapdragon 810 SoC and a 3300mAh battery. Both will have a 20 megapixel rear camera and a 5MP front facer. There will also be an iris scanner to securely unlock the device. Charging port is upgraded to a USB Type-C.

Also we are expecting to see the Microsoft’s answer to the iPad Pro. The Surface Pro 4 might be revealed with full desktop Windows 10 and in different sizes. The 12″ model might get a 13″ or 14″ variant alongside it. The specs are of course going to be impressive and comparable to laptops.

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