Microsoft unveils Windows 10-based Lumia 950, 950 XL phones

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Earlier today, Microsoft announced several Windows 10 devices to showcase Windows 10’s new capabilities and its full potential as a productivity platform. (A quick aside: Microsoft claims there are already more than 110 million devices running Windows 10. Yes, 110 million installations in 8 weeks.)

Among those Windows 10 devices are the Lumia 950 and the larger and more powerful (and more expensive) Lumia 950 XL, which as Microsoft puts it, are all about “putting Windows 10 in your pocket” and being “the most productive phones you’ve picked up.”

And those are very accurate ways of describing phones that function like a PC — and offer a similar experience to that of a desktop running Windows 10 when hooked up to the Microsoft Display Dock, which has an HDMI and Display Port for your monitor, plus 3 full-size USB ports for peripherals like a mouse and a keyboard.

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL are all about ‘putting Windows 10 in your pocket’ and being ‘the most productive phones you’ve picked up.’

The phones themselves are made of plastic — definitely not what you’d expect to see from handsets in the premium segment — and are equipped with insanely sharp AMOLED displays fronted by Gorilla Glass, as well as reversible USB Type-C connectors with fast charging, allowing you to juice up the phones up to 50 percent in 30 minutes.

Assuming the same applies when charging the phone from 51 to 100 percent, you may be looking at a maximum charging time of roughly 60 minutes, which is impressive.

The 20-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and f/1.9 aperture lens shared by the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are said to capture high-quality images in low light and can record videos in super-sharp 4K resolution. Specs-wise, the phones are powered by either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 or 810 processor with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that can be upgraded up to 2TB via a microSD card.

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL will retail for $549 (around P25,500)and $649 (P30,200), respectively, when they land in stores sometime in November. There’s no word yet on pricing and availability in the Philippines.

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The new Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones

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Reviews editor: Ramon "Monch" Lopez has 16 years of professional experience creating and editing content for print and digital publications such as Yahoo. He headed the gadgets-merchandising division of one of the Philippines’ largest retail operators somewhere in between.