There have been leaks and rumors about Microsoft's new Lumia phones for a while now, but today the public finally got a look at the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. As expected for a flagship smartphone and phablet, these are pretty powerful machines, intended to show off the Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
The Lumia 950 has a 5.2-inch screen with a 1440x2560 display, 3GB of RAM, and a Snapdragon 808 processor, with 32GB of storage. The 950 XL's screen is a 5.7-inch 1440x2560 display, and it has the same specs but with a Snapdragon 810 processor. And both phones have a 20MP rear camera with a wide-angle 5MP front camera. Those are high-end specs, but Microsoft threw in a twist.
One problem a lot of smartphones have with the Snapdragon 810 octo-core processor is overheating. That means it's never running at full speed for long, which is why it's often no better than the "slower" hex-core Snapdragon 808.
It seems Microsoft is getting around that problem with liquid cooling, similar to what it uses in its Surface tablets. Liquid cooling is the same technology overclockers use to drive their desktop computers to new levels of speed.
Microsoft didn't give much detail, but if the liquid cooling works, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL should be faster than phones with comparable specs. And they'll need to be if you want to take advantage of Windows 10 Mobile's other big trick.
At the launch event, Microsoft was crowing about its Continuum feature for Windows 10 Mobile, where you can connect your phone wirelessly to a monitor and a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard and turn your phone into a PC. The only catch with Continuum is that the apps will need to built to be Continuum-compatible, so it may take a while until you have many options.
Windows phones haven't been a hit in the past, with Apple and Android phones dominating the smartphone marketplace. Microsoft is hoping to change that with the new Lumia phones and Windows 10 Mobile. What do you think? Are you going to make the leap to the new Lumias, or are you happy with your iPhone or Android smartphone? Let us know in the comments below.