Microsoft will begin to sell the Lumia 950 and
Lumia 950 XL smartphones later this month.
According to multiple reports, the company will
launch its new flagship handsets in the United
States on November 20.
Citing people familiar with the matter, Windows
Central reports that AT&T, the only network that
will sell the Lumia 950 in the United States, will
have the handsets ready for sale on November
20. The Verge further corroborates that
Microsoft will sell the unlocked version of the
Lumia 950 XL via its own retail stores starting
the same day.
The reports note that the handsets will be
running Windows 10 Mobile build 10586 – which
is rather odd, as Windows 10 Mobile is still in its
beta phase and could be riddled with a range of
bugs and issues. It is also not clear whether
Windows Hello, the firm’s facial recognition
biometric authentication, will be available in this
At an event earlier this month, Microsoft CEO
Satya Nadella announced that the company will
launch both the handsets in India by December.
The Indian retail prices of the handsets haven’t
been unveiled yet.
For a refresh, the Microsoft Lumia 950 sports a
5.2-inch QHD display with a pixel density of
564ppi. It is powered by a 1.8GHz hexa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 SoC and 3GB of
RAM. It comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage
that’s expandable via microSD card.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, moving along,
sports a 5.7-inch QHD display with a pixel density
of 518ppi. It is powered by a 2GHz octa-core
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC and 3GB of
RAM. It also comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage
that’s expandable via microSD card. Both the
handsets come equipped with a 20-megapixel
rear camera with OIS and 4K video recording
support, and a 5-megapixel sensor upfront. Both
the handsets come with USB Type-C port.