20 Sep Microsoft Surface Mobile Is Lumia 950/950xl, or Maybe Not
Microsoft seems to up its game recently, plans have been leaked regarding two new sets of flagship smartphones, the one named Microsoft Surface Mobile featuring Intel Atom SoC with a 5.5 inch screen and Surface Pen, which is believed to be Microsoft’s answer to Samsung’s Galaxy Note series of smartphones; and another flagship Lumia smartphone in two versions, the 5.2 inch Lumia 950 codenamed apparently Talkman and the 5.7 inch Lumia 950XL, codenamed Cityman. The latter two are going to be powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets and were originally expected to be Lumia 940 and Lumia 940XL. If you are completely confused by now, have no worries, it seems that Microsoft is just as confused as everybody else.
Now the Redmond giant does have a lot to answer for, particularly the spyware OS Windows 10, but keeping potential customers confused just pushes them away from you. Why, Microsoft, why would you not release a flagship for such a prolonged time, only to go for three at the same time? Even Samsung releases Galaxy S and Galaxy Note spaced out by 6 months. It is understandable that Microsoft does not care what anybody else does, it is particularly evident since Windows 7 was such a good OS that nobody wants to jump ship, even if you give them Windows 10 for free, but someone there should have a good sense of marketing and recognize that such a move is not only unwise, but redundant. Just like, for instance, manufacturing a perfectly good and very well received operating system, Windows 7 and immediately abandoning everything that made this OS popular and cherished, just because you figured you could make even more money in smartphones and handheld devices, so let us torpedo our own PC OS and make a Tablet OS for PC!
Anyway, despite all of this, the proposed Lumia 950 is truly a great concept, the 950XL goes even a step further, but still, if you ever thought of purchasing and trying out a Windows OS based mobile phone, now it seems that the time is ripe to do so. The Lumia 950 has a 5.2 inch QHD Oled touchscreen with a 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and a pixel density of approximately 565 ppi. The OS is Windows 10, but by now, despite all worries, it should work somewhat fine. The SoC is as mentioned a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, six cores, 64-bit, Adreno 418 GPU. Internal memory is 32 GB, RAM 3 GB, despite prior announcement to the contrary, it will feature a microSD card slot, USB Type-C connection and Qi wireless charging support, paired with a 3000 mAh removable battery.
The Lumia 960 XL will have the same resolution on a 5.7 inch screen, the larger size reducing the pixel density to some 515 ppi, which is still stellar. Inside is an octa-core CPU, shipset Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, 64-bit, Adreno 430 GPU, triple-LED flash, 3300 mAh removable battery and some other design differences separate these two not only in price.
Worth mentioning is the great camera, Nokia phones always used to have great cameras, it is nice that Microsoft did not ruin that part of the deal. the 20 MP 4992 x 3744 pixels camera features Carl Zeiss optics, 6P lens, optical image stabilisation, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology and 1/2.5” sensor size and much more. It is expected that Microsoft will officially announce the release of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL for October during the IFA show, which will take place sometime in September.