You’d be forgiven for assuming that Microsoft has stopped trying to compete with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. To be honest, the company hasn’t done anything meaningful in the high-end smartphone area for a year. The last iPhone rival running Windows Phone to be made by Microsoft was the Nokia Lumia 930, a device that began its life on store shelves early in 2014 as an exclusive for American carrier Verizon. Just two weeks ago Microsoft laid off thousands of workers left over from purchasing Nokia’s phone business. Allegedly, there’s an iPhone 6 rival named the Lumia 950 coming.
Microsoft plans to continue making Windows phones, but in a way that delivers quality iPhone competition instead of the tidal wave of low-end and mid-range handsets that were available before.
Microsoft has confirmed that it plans to introduce new Windows Phones this year, but hasn’t said anything specific about the devices. This week, reports from Windows Central revealed some specifications and features for Microsoft’s iPhone 6 rival. Here’s how the iPhone 6 and what’s being called the Lumia 950, stack up against the competition.
Again, this is based on speculation and reports, not anything we’ve heard from Microsoft directly. Things can and likely will change as we get closer to release.
iPhone 6 vs Microsoft Lumia 950: Design & Internals
For anyone who has looked into purchasing a Windows Phone in the past, the rumored 950 design will come across very familiar. This recent report indicates that the Lumia 950 will have a completely polycarbonate body. Both Nokia and Microsoft have released smartphones with complete polycarbonate bodies in the past so this is nothing new. It is shocking that Microsoft is going this route with the Lumia 950 though.
The iPhone 6 and even the Lumia 930 — this phone’s direct predecessor — mix in metal and premium materials for a high-end feel. Losing that sounds like a step in the wrong direction. We don’t know anything about the angles are contouring of the phone’s case. It could have tapered edges like low-end Lumia Windows Phones. It could also have a boxy, rectangular shape like the Lumia 930.
Allegedly, the Lumia 950 will have a 5.2-inch OLED WQHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels. That’s a long way of saying a gorgeous high-definition display that’ll have deep blacks. A six core Snapdragon 808 processor and 3GB of RAM will allegedly power the Lumia 950, making it very potent. 32GB of storage, a 5 megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera, 20 megapixel rear-facing camera are inside too.
By comparison the iPhone 6 includes an IPS 4.6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1334 x 750 pixels. Inside the iPhone 6 is an Apple A8 processor with just 2 cores and 1GB of RAM. If the reports are accurate, the Microsoft Lumia 950 is at least internally more robust than the iPhone 6.
iPhone 6 vs Microsoft Lumia 950: Extras
Using the iPhone has never been about raw horsepower though, and that’s where Microsoft needs to catch up. Stepping away from raw power for a second, the iPhone 6 has Apple Pay with NFC support and a fingerprint reader that makes getting into a breeze. The Lumia 950 is dead in the water if Microsoft can’t offer alternatives or doesn’t show up on store shelves with something unique. Rumors say it will.
Windows 10 is Microsoft’s latest operating system and it comes with some Windows Hello technology that lets users sign in with little effort. The Lumia 950 won’t have a fingerprint reader, but will have an Iris scanner to take advantage of Windows Hello. That’s at least one thing Microsoft learned. Wireless charging is coming too, but will require a separate cover to take advantage of it. The iPhone 6 doesn’t have wireless charging, but the Lumia 930 did. It’s another downgrade, strictly speaking.
Allegedly, the Lumia 950 will abandon the standard microUSB port for a USB Type-C port that’s closer to what Apple uses in its devices. The changes lets the Lumia 950 pull of its most impressive feature yet on paper: Continuum.
Allegedly, the Microsoft Lumia 950 will let users plug into a $99 accessory and get a full Windows 10 desktop experience. We’re talking the same Windows apps as a notebook or tablet, running directly from the Lumia 950. Microsoft demonstrated a feature exactly like this called Continuum back in April.
Should You Get Excited?
We know too little in the way of facts to declare you should wait for the Lumia 950 or that the Lumia 950 is better than the iPhone 6. By the time Microsoft announced the device It’ll be September or October, around the same time we expect an iPhone 6s from Apple.
Still, it’s a good idea to have the Lumia 950 on your radar. With robust internals and a truly cool Idea, it is worth looking into before you make your next buying decision. That is, if you own a Windows PC already.