This morning Apple began selling the enormously anticipated iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus. Microsoft, makers of Lumia smartphones and Surface tablets, doesn’t have anything to say about its rumored iPhone 6s rivals officially. That isn’t stopping us from learning all there is to really know about the Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 550.
Just hours ago, Nokia Forever, a Latin American Facebook group posted pictures of slides reportedly shown at an event that Microsoft held for its Mexico employees. Those slides reveal everything, from the Iris Scanner that’ll allow Lumia users to skip passcodes like the iPhone 6s’ TouchID finger print readers, to color choice and accessories.
Microsoft hasn’t confirmed that these devices are coming explicitly, but has talked up new flagship running Windows Phone arriving sometime this year at other events. Last week the company sent out invitations to a Windows 10 related devices event on October 6th. The Lumia 950 XL, Lumia 950 and Lumia 550 are expected to be announced there. Rumor is that a Surface Pro 4 announcement is coming too.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 is the direct iPhone 6s alternative the company needs in its arsenal. Pictures of the slideshow Microsoft showed to its own employees indicate that the Lumia 950 will have a 5.2-inch QuadHD display and a hexa-core Snapdragon. A rear-facing camera built into the back of the device will have a 20 megapixel sensor and optical image stabilization. The Lumia 950 has 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera that can capture images at a wide-angle.
Coming to compete with the iPhone 6s Plus is the Lumia 950 XL . This device has an even more robust Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. The display measures 5.7-inchdes diagonally and there’s a 20 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and triple flash instead of the dual flash found on the Lumia 950. This device also has 32GB of storage and a 5 megapixel wide-angle front-facing camera.
Other slides breakdown the features that Microsoft hopes will differentiate the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 from Apple’s devices. Microsoft is abandoning microUSB ports and replacing them with USB Type C ports. These ports will let the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 connect to a separate dock plus a keyboard and mouse for a more desktop PC-like experience. The company is calling this accessory the Microsoft Display Dock, and it’s unclear how much it will cost. Another slide breaks down the iris scanners that’ll let users login to their notebook with their face instead of putting in a passcode.
The Lumia 550, is Microsoft’s regular-size iPhone 6s alternative. This device has a 5-inch display, a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with flash and a front-facing 2 megapixel front facing camera. 8GB of storage and 1GB of RAM are included.
Microsoft seems to be building a stable feature identify with these devices. Each has the iris scanner and a new rapid charge system that’ll let buyers charge it in less time than what is typical for smartphones. For now, it appears that all three devices will come in white or black and have removable shells so that users can mix and match their color. The pictures also reveal that Microsoft is mostly abandoning the design language of Windows phones made by Nokia Devices & Services before the company purchased them. These devices have fully polycarbonate-polycarbonate shells. There’s no metal frame like there was for the Lumia 925 and Lumia 930.
Microsoft’s Windows 10 devices event starts at 10AM Eastern Standard Time on October 6th. GottaBeMobile will be there with reactions to whatever Microsoft announces. The company is also expected to announce the Surface Pro 4, a follow-up to its Surface Pro 3 and a new competitor for the iPad Pro.
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