Two new Lumia smartphones with Windows Mobile and 10 with features worthy of a premium.
During his October 6 conference, Microsoft unveiled two new high-end smartphones: the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. And like the surface, these two mobile devices are reference for the Windows ecosystem.
For high-end (aka smartphones to over 500 dollars), the two mobile have characteristics quite acceptable. Under the hood, the Lumia 950 has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (the same as the LG G4), while the Lumia 950 XL has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor (the same as the Nexus 6P). These two new Lumia feature a 3 GB RAM and 32 GB of storage, expandable to 200 GB.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL respectively have QuadHD AMOLED screens 5.2 inches and 5.7 inches. The camera on the back is 20 megapixels, capable of shooting 4K and enjoying a new generation of optical stabilization. At the front was a great 5 megapixel camera angle.
More applications with Windows 10 (for computers)
However, this is not the technical data that really distinguish the two smartphones, but rather the fact that they run under Windows 10.
If the interface is familiar to Windows Phone users, always with the tiles that characterize the Microsoft OS, these two smartphones have all the novelties introduced by Windows 10 mobile, especially universal applications. With this app, users should be entitled to a richer store.
An app is a universal application that can run on Windows 10 computers but also on mobile phones running Windows 10. And since Windows 10 already has 110 million users (and the latter interface on computers designed for users to use universal apps), the platform should interest developers advantage over Windows Phone.
Moreover, during his conference, Microsoft announced that Facebook would create universal apps for Facebook, Instagram and Messenger.
Windows Hello instead of a fingerprint scanner
For authentication, Microsoft chose a device that identifies the user through his face. But if the air fun, many tech journalists who have been testing the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL claim that the process is slower than using a fingerprint scanner. Facial recognition is perhaps more suited to computers than phones.
Continuum is finally available to the general public
The most interesting feature on these new smartphones is Continuum. Presented by Microsoft a few months ago, this allows to use his phone as a computer.
To use Continuum, it is necessary to have a dock. It connects to the Lumia 950 and XL 950 with a USB cable Type-C and has outputs for connecting a monitor, mouse and keyboard. The smartphone then acts as if it were the central unit of a Windows PC. However, only the universal applications can be run on that computer.
And multimedia side, Continuum can watch videos in full HD.
However, it is noted that if all mobile Windows 10 will in principle not compatible with Continuum, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are not the only ones to benefit from this feature since during the IFA, Acer had also a demonstration of Continuum with his smartphone Jade Primo.