When it comes to the world of smartphones, it’s clear that iOS and Android dominate, but Windows isn’t done, and Microsoft has a few newbies with some neat tricks up their sleeves.
With the launch of Windows 10 well and truly underway and a couple of new computers also inbound, you shouldn’t be surprised that a few phones are also coming along for the ride, each featuring Microsoft’s latest and greatest operating system.
Yes, Windows 10 is just about ready for its mobile debut, or a debut beyond that of beta software, anyway, because while it has been in testing on current Microsoft hardware, the smartphone world has been waiting for something new from Microsoft for quite a few months, and closer to most of the year.
This week, though, there’s good news everyone, because three Windows phones have been announced, and they’ll come not so much with Windows Phone, but rather Windows on a phone.
The first two phones are similar models — variants on a theme, one might say — with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL offering big and bigger editions of Windows in a mobile environments, with some similar specs but a couple of changes.
Microsoft’s Lumia 950 is the first big deal phone from Microsoft, and it will carry a Snapdragon 808 six-core processor — the same sort used in LG’s G4 — with 32GB storage and a microSD slot capable of expanding to 256 or 512GB if you can find one of those very big microSD cards.
A 5.2 inch Quad HD AMOLED display makes this device stand out, providing a fuller-than-Full HD display, offering a resolution of 2560×1440 and producing 564 pixels per inch.
Wireless connections are all pretty standard, with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, 4G LTE, and Bluetooth 4.1, while the camera is also pretty spesh offering Nokia’s PureView technology with a 20 megapixel sensor on the back offering 4K UHD video capture and a three LED flash for better low-light captures. The front features a 5 megapixel camera, too, handy for those selfies.
And then there are the little differences, and for the Lumia 950, Microsoft will be bringing a polycarbonate body back, but also packing in a 3000mAh battery that is also removable, handy if you’re not a fan of built-in batteries.
Windows 10 will be the operating system on this one, and it will be a Windows 10 that can even run in a desktop mode if you bring a keyboard and mouse to the table, making it work with Microsoft’s “Continuum” technology.
One other thing is worth talking about, and that’s the charge port: USB Type-C.