Microsoft has announced its latest addition to the Lumia brand, the 950 XL, and it comes packed with all the latest technologies. And although it’t not even available yet here in the UK Microsoft have already cut the price from £550 to £530.
The XL features a 5.7 inch AMOLED, multi-touch screen with an impressive resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. Light and proximity sensors are included in the package as is industry standard Gorilla Glass 4, making it a hard wearing and well-specified display.
The forward facing camera is 20 megapixels and has a tricolour flash with all the usual features that you would expect including digital zoom, autofocus and optical image stabilisation, to name but a few. The front facing camera is a decent five megapixels.
When it comes to hardware, Microsoft has given the XL plenty of punch with a liquid cooled Qualcomm Snapdragon Octo-core processor and chipset, 32Gb of onboard storage, expandable to 200 Gb via micro SD and 3Gb of system memory.
Battery life is always important on a mobile device and Microsoft have not skimped here, with an average talk time (on 3G) of 19 hours and a standby time of 12 days. The battery is also wirelessly chargeable.
Connectivity is as expected from a high-end mobile with Bluetooth, WiFi and a USB 3.1 at the bottom. Other features include and accelerometer, gyroscope, compass and barometer.
Early verdicts suggest that Microsoft has thrown everything that they have at the 950 XL in an attempt to establish a more prominent position in the mobile market. The Windows 10 mobile OS and massive processing power are certainly going to make waves, as is its industry leading camera system. The only obvious flaw is the plastic case, which could have been of better quality. With other companies opting for a higher end look to their products, this is something that Microsoft should consider.
The Lumia 950 XL presents as a well-specified unit that features all of the latest technologies currently available and will make you re-think your next mobile choice. There is even a dual Sim model (950 XL Dual) which shares the same spec. The new Lumia first showed its capabilities when launched in October, for release in November. Since then Microsoft has reduced the selling price in the UK before it has even gone on sale.