Microsoft, as promised, launched its first Windows 10 Mobile handsets – the Lumia 950 Dual SIM and Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM in India. The new Lumia flagships will be available from December 11 with ‘best buy’ prices of Rs. 43,699 and Rs. 49,399 respectively. Pre-order bookings start Monday, and the smartphones will be available to buy both online and via physical retail stores.
The Microsoft Display Dock, which has been launched at Rs. 5,999, will be bundled free with both phones while stocks last.
To recall, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announced at recently concluded Future Unveiled conference in Mumbai had announced plans to launch both its newly launched Windows 10 Mobile-powered handsets in India by December.
The company also showcased Windows 10 Continuum feature which makes smartphones essentially computers with a different operating system and interface. The two new Lumia handsets can be called mini-computers – in the traditional PC sense. With the Windows 10 Continuum feature, they can be hooked up to a monitor along with a mouse and keyboard, using the Microsoft Display Dock. Once connected, the phone’s user interface switches to an interface that looks like a Windows 10 desktop with Start menu and other elements.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 Dual SIM features a 5.2-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) ClearBlack Amoled display, offering a pixel density of 564ppi and also featuring Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Under the hood, the handset is powered by a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 processor clocked at 1.8GHz coupled with 3GB of RAM. There is 32GB of inbuilt storage and is expandable up to 200GB via microSD card. Backed by a 3000mAh removable battery, the handset sports a 20-megapixel rear camera with autofocus, OIS (optical image stabilisation), an f/1.9 aperture, and a triple-LED RGB flash module. There is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera as well. It measures 145×73.2×8.2mm and weighs 150 grams.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM, on the other hand, features a 5.7-inch QHD (1440×2560 pixels) ClearBlack Amoled display with a pixel density of 518ppi. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor coupled with 3GB of RAM. It packs 32GB storage and is expandable via microSD card (up to 200GB). The Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM features the same camera and flash module from the Lumia 950 and both the devices also sport a dedicated camera button as well. The Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM packs a large 3340mAh battery. It packs 151.9×78.4×8.1mm and weighs 165 grams. Both the Lumia 950 Dual SIM and Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM also support dual standby with Nano-SIM card support. The Lumia 950 XL also comes with liquid cooling.
The dual-SIM dual standby 4G-enabled smartphones support dual Nano-SIM cards and come with USB Type-C ports (USB 3.1). Both smartphones also support fast charging, capable of achieving 50 percent charge in 30 minutes.