Back in October (2015) Microsoft introduced the first Windows 10 based smartphones to the world. These are the Lumia 550, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL. These smartphones went on sale in select markets later in the year and they even made their way into Kenya even though they were not officially launched here. Microsoft has finally launched the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL smartphones which you can get for Ksh 65,000 and Ksh 69,999 respectively.
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are pretty much one and the same device with only minor differences. Being the first flagship Lumia smartphones in close to two years, Microsoft has included some premium specs in these devices that will get any Windows fanatic excited. the phones feel premium and I was very impressed for the few minutes I got to play with them.
The Lumia 950 has a 5.2 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 × 2560 pixels translating to a pixel density of 564ppi while the Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7 inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1440 × 2560 pixels translating to a pixel density of 518ppi. As you can see, the Lumia 950 has a higher pixel density (ppi) that the 950 XL but I doubt the difference is noticeable by naked eyes.
As for what is underneath, the Lumia 950 is powered by a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 (hexa core) processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space. The 950 XL on the other hand is powered by a 64 bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 (Octa core) processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage space.
Both the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones have 20MP cameras at the back with a 5 MP one in front. Lumia smartphones have always had very good cameras and that is why I had to highlight these two here. The back camera is capable of recording 4K videos while the front facing camera can shoot 1080p (Full HD) videos.
You can look at a detailed list of specs of the Lumia 950 using the link below.
“One of the guiding principles of the Microsoft devices vision is that it’s not just about the device itself, but what you’re able to get done with it” said Kingori Gitahi, Product Manager, Microsoft Devices East Africa. “The simple fact is that the most personal device that we have to get things done is our phone and we are working tirelessly to make sure that we do our best to give consumers the most productive phones on the planet which fits right into our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.
As I have mentioned above, the Lumia 950 will be retailing for Ksh 65,000 while the Lumia 950XL is available for Ksh 69,999. These prices are quite high but let’s hope that the true Windows fans are really interested in these smartphones as if they don’t sell well, it will be really bad for Microsoft given that it has been struggling with sales the last couple of years.