Microsoft is back in the game with a new offering Lumia 950 XL. With a fresh new look and a newly launched Windows 10 OS decorates this smartphone which is not a flagship in true sense but still a giant leap forward by Microsoft after some misguided attempts to revive the interest of masses in Windows Phone. Lumia 950 XL carries a price tag of INR 49,399 which may be a little bit higher according to some.
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Lumia 950 XL Unboxing Video
Lumia 950 XL Physical Overview
Lumia 950 XL flaunts a larger 5.7 inches AMOLED display with Quad HD (2560 x 1440 ) resolution. It sports a screen desnity of 518 PPI and comes equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. The build quality is very impressive with a premium feel to it. It seems like Microsoft has been working really hard on the design of this phone which is evident from how the new Lumia 950 XL looks. Although, Microsoftc continues to use Polycarbonate material to make it lighter , it does not feel cheap at all.
This Windows 10 based device feels pretty solid in hands and sports a more traditional Lumia smartphones look. On the front there is a speaker grill and an LED notification light.
On the top there is only 3.5 mm headphone jack. The headphone mic and Type-C USB are placed at the bottom of the smartphone. Volume rocker, power Button and a dedicated Shutter Button are placed on the right side of Lumia 950 XL.
Lumia 950 XL runs on Windows 10 with the addition of Cortana, the virtual assistant allowing you to move through settings and operating the smartphone via voice control. Pulling down the Menu brings down Quick Settings providing easy access to Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and much more. Other than that everything is similar to earlier Lumia smartphones that we have seen.
The marquee feature of this smartphone is the massive 20 MP camera with Triple LED flash with Zeiss optics. It comes equipped with Optical Image Optimization technology and will take detailed photos in low lighting conditions. The rear camera is capable of recording 4K videos. On the front there is secondary 5 MP camera which is capable of capturing selfies with good amount of details and comes with wide-angle option. The front camera is also capable of recording 1080p videos.
Lumia 950XL Camera Samples
Price & Availability
Lumia 950 XL carries a price tag of INR 49,399 and as of it is up for pre-order and shipping will start from December 11.
Comparison & Competition
Considering the price range this Windows 10 smartphone will be in direct competition with its Android OS running counterparts like Lg G4, Xperia Z5, Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and Nexus 6P.
With Lumia 950 XL’s launch, Microsoft is looking forward to gain some grounds in the smartphone segment. As far as this smartphone is concerned it comes with pretty neat features like Cortana which will save you some time when busy via its precise voice recognition. Apart from that it is backed by some serious and powerful hardware allowing you to truly experience what a flagship might perform like. It is a good start from Microsoft all the way.