Microsoft’s ‘#Windows10devices’ event has been garnering some genuine excitement and interest in the weeks leading up to it. It has been all but confirmed by, speaking loosely, everybody, that we were to expect new Lumia devices.
And Microsoft delivered.
Two new handsets, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, were given the floor as Engineering Lead Panos Panay broke things down for us.
Both the 950 and 950 XL feature “adaptive antenna technology”, which Panay says will allow you to acquire a mobile network connection without as many issues.
In addition, “liquid cooling technology” received a mention, indicating that the team behind these new devices are ready to help replace your Desktop system (more on that, a touch later).
The Lumia 950 is powered by “Hexacore technology”, sports a 5.2″ OLED display with 518 dpi, and 3GB of RAM. It is priced at $549US.
The Lumia 950 XL houses an Octacore processor underneath the hood, with a 5.7″ OLED display that has a dpi rating of 564. It is set to also become available in November, and is priced at $649US.
Panay made sure to place a major emphasis on cameras. Both of these handsets will include a 20MP sensor, a triple-RGB flash and “5th Generation OIS”.
Both handsets also feature a dedicated camera button that aids in the quick capture of 4K video.
Both of these new additions to the Lumia family will ship with 32 Gb of storage.
Both handsets feature USB Type-C connectors which (among other things) allows these units to, in less than 30 minutes, charge half of the battery.
Glance Screen technology also received a mention, which allows you to pull your handset out of your pocket and see information relating to time, date, calendar, and so on. A handy feature which
Panos Panay also, albeit briefly, showed off the fact that Windows Hello is coming, in Beta, to Windows Phone. This will allow users to quickly unlock their handset by speaking to their device.
Very quickly, as he wrapped up his time talking Lumia, Panay also gave a quick nod to the 550; an “entry-level” device priced at $139US. Specifications, detailed availability and- of course- Australian pricing are yet to be revealed.
Continuum for Phone
Panay was keen to highlight that his team is excited to “put Windows in your pocket”, and this was shown off in an energetic demonstration. The centrepiece of this, was the Microsoft Display Dock.
Acting as a smaller equivalent of the Surface Dock, The Microsoft Display Dock features a USB Type-C connector, and allows you to connect your smartphone to a full sized display and peripherals. It features HDMI and DisplayPort connectors, and three USB ports for accessories.
Continuum allows a user to keep using their phone, as a phone. It does not break the desktop experience.
Australian pricing and availability, in addition to more granular specifications regarding all three of these smartphones will be incoming over the next couple of days.