It has been over a year since I last held a truly powerful Windows smartphone in my hand. Remember the Lumia 930. Since the release of that flagship in 2014, Microsoft has been at work getting the next version of its smartphone OS ready and so only flooded the market with stop-gap devices. I own the Lumia 830, and while a beautiful device, it is no flagship. But the Lumia 950 – a really powerful smartphone worth every inch of its flagship tag – is here in my hands now.
Lumia 950 is a 5.2-inch, polycarbonate device that is powered by a hexa-core CPU (specifically dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 and quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53), 3GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD support for cards up to 200 GB, and 15 GB OneDrive cloud storage. The Lumia 950 is 4G LTE compliant, has an iris scanner, and a 20 megapixel PureView camera. Battery capacity is 3,000 mAh. This unit is dual Nano SIM and black. You can check out the full Lumia 950 specifications.
I also have the Display Dock here – the accessory that lets you hook up the 950 to a keyboard, display and mouse, basically turning the phone into a PC. This will interest everyone, I suppose. You probably want to know how well it works. Me too, and I shall find out soon. Here are more photos of the 950.
I already tried out the camera a bit yesterday, and I can tell you that its indoor photography performance is outstanding, easily beating every smartphone in the house – and we have quite a few. However, the loudspeaker audio disappoints: it is tinny, lacking depth and bass. Bah! That hurts. In terms of build, the 950 is not so sleek but feels solid in the hand. This is certainly a smartphone you carry around to make a statement with. I hope you enjoyed the few photos above and are looking forward to reading about Windows 10 Mobile and Microsoft’s latest flagship. All questions and commentary welcome!