Price: Price in Rs: 65,000 Price in USD: $662
Camera: 20 MP, 4992 x 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash, 1/2.4'' sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, dual capture, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR, Video (2160p@30fps, optical stabilization, stereo sound rec), 2ndry 5 MP, 1080p
Whats New? Microsoft Lumia 950 - The Power of 10!
Microsoft pushes version 10 in Lumia 950 along with some amazing features but the most breathtaking is the 5.2 inch extra bright QHD screen, New MS Windows version and a great power friendly chipset. Microsoft Lumia 950 holds SoC 808 chipset which is packed with 4K HD support, fully integrated advanced LTE support and Qualcomm Quick Charge technology. With IRIS scanner the Microsoft's Lumia 950 has provided an advanced security tool to its users. The phone is considered among flagship devices and features a 20.0MP PureView technology camera on its rear and a front facing 5MP unit is mounted on Microsoft Lumia 950’s body to provide unlimited selfie images of highest quality on the device. With 3GB RAM to support its powerful processor and 4K High definition screen, the all new Lumia 950 by Microsoft is capable of playing multiplayer 3D games without any lags as the phone comes with advanced LTE. Thanks to its improved OS and improved Chipset, it has a better UI, consumes less power and supports all the latest applications. Microsoft 950 comes with satisfactory storage of 32GB along with its internal storage capacity that allows users to save as much as they want to. With massive battery of 3000mAh, Microsoft Lumia’s 950 is set to provide more than a day’s battery on normal usage and it also provides fast charging and wireless charging option as well. With USB- type C port enhancing its connectivity, Microsoft Lumia 950 enables users to transfer data swiftly and safely. The phone is designed with volume, power and camera buttons on right side of the body and MS 10 logo on its back whereas front side of Lumia 950's company logo is printed just below the speaker grill with light sensor and camera lens sitting side by side.
Microsoft Lumia 950 All Specifications
Microsoft Lumia 950 All Specifications
145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm
Stand-by up to 288hrs, Talk-time up to 23hrs, Music-Play up to 67 hrs 3000 mAh
Microsoft Windows 10
32GB built-in, 3GB RAM, microSD Card (support up to 200GB)
1.82 GHz Dual-Core Cortex-A57, 1.44 GHz Quad-Core Cortex-A53, Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 GPU: Adreno 418
Bluetooth v4.1 with A2DP, USB (Type-C 1.0 reversible connector), WLAN (WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot), GPRS, EDGE, NFC, 3G (HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps), 4G (LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps)
5.2 inches, 1440 x 2560 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density)
Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, sensor core
AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors, Multitouch, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, ClearBlack display
GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
LTE band 1(2100), 2(1900), 3(1800), 4(1700/2100), 5(850), 7(2600), 8(900), 12(700), 17(700), 20(800), 28(700), 38(2600), 40(2300)
Stereo FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, MP4/H.265/WMV player, MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player, Video/photo editor, Games (built-in)
GPS + A-GPS support, Nano-Sim, Wireless charging (Qi-enabled) - market dependent, Fast charging, OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage), Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, Document viewer, video photo/editor, Speakerphone
Downloadable, Polyphonic, MP3
SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Review: Microsoft has a lot resting on the Lumia 950. It's the first smartphone the firm has released without the Nokia brand, and it has to prove Windows 10 as a truly universal operating system as Microsoft hopes that those with the software on their PC will opt for a smartphone that works in tandem with the OS.
Microsoft therefore needs the Lumia 950 to show that, unlike the previous Windows Phone 7 and 8 releases, Windows 10 Mobile has the chops, and more importantly the apps, to compete against iOS and Android, which currently account for a combined 98 percent of the global smartphone market.
Design: The Lumia 950 is fairly uninspiring when it comes to design. The handset is available in black or white, and is made from matte polycarbonate that feels somewhat cheap. It lacks elegance and is prone to picking up smudges and fingerprints. It's fairly chunky too at 145x73x8.2mm and 150g.
Our biggest gripe, though, is how bland the handset feels compared with the likes of the Nokia-branded Lumia 920, which had outlandish polycarbonate packaging and a slightly curved 2.5D screen. Microsoft has so far failed to make much of a dent on the smartphone market, and we think this handset's dull design could see it struggle to stand out against its big-name competitors.
While it's not much to look at, the design of the Lumia 950 is certainly practical. The backplate can be removed, giving access to the battery and microSD slot. This also suggests that other, perhaps more colourful, backplates could be made available, but there's no word on this yet.
Display: The design failed to impress, but the screen on the Lumia 950 is stunning. The 5.2in display, which is surrounded by a tiny bezel that gives it an almost edge-to-edge quality, has a Galaxy S6-rivalling 2560x1440 QHD resolution and comes with the AMOLED technology more typically associated with Samsung smartphones.
This makes for crystal clear text, vibrant colours, deep blacks and, despite the reflective Gorilla Glass 4 coating, impressive viewing angles and outdoor visibility. What's more, the screen didn't prove overly susceptible to fingerprints, unlike the Lumia 950's plastic back.
Performance: The Microsoft Lumia 950 matches the Moto X Style and LG G4 with a hexa-core 1.8GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor.
This isn't as powerful as the Snapdragon 810 in the Lumia 950 XL, but we noticed no problems with the overall performance of the smaller model. Everything from Netflix to Crossy Road ran smoothly, and navigating through the software is arguably slicker than on most Android devices.
Software: Of course, none of you really came here to read about how well the Lumia 950 handles Crossy Road. The big talking point about this phone is that it's the first, along with the Lumia 950 XL, to run Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.
Those who have used a Windows Phone device won't notice any radical differences on first impressions. Microsoft's playful Live Tile interface is present, and you'll find the swipe down Action Centre and quick action buttons - Back, Home and Search - at the bottom of the screen.
The changes become apparent as you make your way around the operating system. Internet Explorer is gone, for example, replaced with a mobile version of Microsoft's Edge browser (below), which proved plenty nippy enough and easy to navigate. The Windows Store has been given a facelift making it much more pleasant to use but, sadly, the quality of apps found inside hasn't improved.
Apps have long been a problem for Microsoft. The company has upped the ante with Universal Apps, which means that some offer identical or near-identical functionality and data syncing between the mobile and desktop editions of the same application, but third-party apps is still a real problem on Windows 10 Mobile.
You won't find any Google apps - Maps or Drive, for example - and the YouTube app is in fact an app published by Microsoft that simply takes you to YouTube's mobile website. You will find many of the big name apps such as Facebook, Twitter and Netflix, but some are sub-par versions of their iOS and Android counterparts. Instagram, for example, proved so jarring and buggy that we quickly switched back to our iPhone for browsing through pictures of sandwiches.
The selection of third-party apps is lacking, but Microsoft hasn't been shy when it comes to preloading software onto the device. Most are welcome, such as Office and Xbox, but you'll also find Groove Music, Lumia Creative Studio and Shazam, all of which are unlikely to get a second look.
Still, some of Microsoft's own features redeem the situation somewhat. Windows Hello (below), Microsoft's futuristic iris-scanning feature, proved one of the operating system's better features during our time with the Lumia 950, working quickly and accurately despite its beta tag.
It's also possible to turn a Windows 10 Mobile handset into a makeshift PC by using a Microsoft Display Dock to hook it up to a display, mouse and keyboard. This makes it possible to run Universal Apps on the big screen, complete with resizable windows, a desktop-style UI and a Start menu. We haven't had the chance to test this yet, but we'll update this review when we do.
Camera: Nokia was long regarded as offering the best mobile cameras on the market, and we had high hopes for the Lumia 950's 20MP rear-facing camera, which comes with Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilisation and a triple-LED RGB flash.
The camera performed almost as well as it sounds on paper. Images, in particular those in natural light, are crisp and full of natural colour, and the triple-LED flash means that the Lumia 950 outdoes most handsets when it comes to low-light performance.
We noticed a slight glitch in that the post-processing automatically applied to images added a slight green hue to some photos, but most are very good.
As with other recent Lumia devices, the 950 XL's main camera can also create Living Images, a small video snippet similar to that offered by the Live Photos feature on the iPhone 6S.
Battery life and storage: The Lumia 950 has a 3,000mAh battery which Microsoft's claims will provide around 18 hours of talk time.
Like most people, we don't use our smartphone much for talking anymore, so we put the Lumia 950 through its paces by cranking the screen to full brightness and heading to Netflix. The battery drained by 15 percent after one hour-long episode of House of Cards, meaning that the phone will manage around seven hours of video playback although we'll update this with a full battery life score shortly.
Being a little more conservative by dialling back the screen brightness and not spending entire afternoons streaming House of Cards, we found that the Lumia 950 made it through almost two full days of use. What's more, the battery is removable so you can always carry around a spare in your bag.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 follows in the footsteps of the OnePlus 2 and Nexus 6P by ditching microUSB for USB Type-C. It took us 10 minutes to locate a charger when the handset needed re-juicing, but we quickly made this back given how fast the handset charges. We found that the Lumia 950 goes from nada to full in less than an hour and a half on average. Wireless charging is also supported, but you won't find a charger in the box.
The Lumia 950 comes with 32GB of storage which can be expanded by an additional 200GB thanks to the microSD slot.
Overall: The Lumia 950 has a gorgeous display, great camera and slick performance, but it's hard to overlook the lack of apps that continues to plague Microsoft's mobile operating system, and it will struggle to drag buyers away from Google and Apple.