Windows 10

Microsoft Rolling Out Updated Lumia Mobile Devices

Microsoft has introduced a new range of Windows 10-based Lumia smart phones, including a 5.7-inch quad-HD model to rival the latest Android-based phablets.

The new Lumia 950 XL sports a 2 GHz eight-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, 5.7-inch display with a pixel density of 518 PPI and a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 (quad HD), similar to that of the recently unveiled Google Nexus 6P. Also like the upcoming Nexus, the Lumia 950 XL offers Gorilla Glass 4 and 4K video capture.

The Lumia 950 XL

The Lumia 950 XL

Other features include:

  • 3,340 mAh USB-C fast charging;
  • A movable onscreen keyboard;
  • New face detection, used to unlock the phone;
  • 20 megapixel rear camera with Zeiss optics and a three-LED RGB flash; and
  • Support for the Microsoft Display Dock, which lets users connect the phone to an external display, keyboard and mouse.

The 950 XL's smaller sibling, the Lumia 950, is a 5.2-inch Windows 10 smart phone offering a six-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with a clock speed of 1.8 GHz.

Like its bigger sibling, the 950 offers quad HD resolution

Other features include:

  • 3,000 mAh USB-C fast charging;
  • 20 megapixel rear camera;
  • Zeiss optics and a three-LED RGB flash; and
  • Support for the Microsoft Display Dock.

Microsoft indicated that both Lumia models would be available "soon." Further details can be found on Microsoft's site.

About the Author

David Nagel is editorial director of 1105 Media's Education Technology Group and editor-in-chief of THE Journal and STEAM Universe. A 25-year publishing veteran, Nagel has led or contributed to dozens of technology, art and business publications.

He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at or follow him on Twitter at @THEJournalDave (K-12) or @CampusTechDave (higher education).


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