Microsoft’s blazing through new hardware at this morning’s event, and following a quick stop-in with HoloLens, and a look at the new Microsoft Band, we’re ready for the meat of this sandwich: it’s Lumia time, and Microsoft’s getting us started with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Let’s take a look at the smaller of the pair.
If you’ve been following the leaks, you’re no doubt pretty familiar with the hardware basics already, but today we pick up some real confirmation. the Lumia 950 gets a 5.2-inch OLED display with a pixel density of 564 ppi – for those of you crunching the numbers, that means a quad HD resolution. There’s 32GB storage, and you can easily move files on and off your phone with the help of USB type-C connectivity.
At its heart, the Lumia 950 runs a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 SoC. And with support for Continuum, you can put that hardware to good use as a makeshift PC.
Windows Hello beta support lets the 950 authenticate you visually, taking advantage of its front-facing camera to positively identify approved users.
Update: Despite earlier reports, it doesn’t look like the 950 will use liquid cooling (a passive heat pipe) after all – that feature will be constrained to the Lumia 950 XL with its Snapdragon 810 SoC.
Like we’ve seen before, there’s a highly engineered camera around on the Lumia 950, where a triple-LED flash is joined by a big 20MP camera sensor. Microsoft’s armed the camera with a “fifth-gen” optical stabilization system. And for quick shooting, there’s a dedicated camera button – you can hit it and start capturing video instantly.
The Lumia 950 will sell for just about $550.