Microsoft this week presented two new phones positioned on the high end. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are aimed above all at the most demanding users and they will have the difficult task of offering a solid alternative to the manufacturer's other flagships . I had the opportunity to take them in hand the day after the announcement and you will be able to discover my first impressions about them in this article.
The firm actually organized a private party in the Windows Cube last Wednesday to present all the new features unveiled during the press conference.
Finally all, this is not completely correct because the Surface Book and the Lumia 550 were not in the game.
It is the smaller of the two models but it looks like two drops of water like its big brother.
I will not list its technical characteristics for you – the terminal has been discussed in detail in this article – but you should know that it has a 5.2-inch QHD screen, a Snapdragon 808, 3 GB of memory. lively, 32 GB of storage, a 20 million pixel sensor and a 5 million pixel front camera.
Microsoft has chosen not to align with its competitors and the phone is equipped with a polycarbonate shell , with very neat finishes.
The plastic is soft to the touch, of course, and it's not slippery.
Not much to say about ergonomics. It is rather conventional and all the buttons are grouped together on the right side of the device. There is also a trigger that will allow us to launch the camera in a few moments.
The Lumia 950 surprised me a lot with its finesse. It's light years away from the 930 on that side and that's pretty good news because we won't feel it when it is coiled deep in our pocket.
I haven't had a chance to test the photosensor much but the focus seems to be pretty fast and the Triple LED Flash seems to be getting good results.
Nothing to say about the screen which is really beautiful, with a beautiful contrast and colors that seem rather natural to me.
Lumia 950 XL
These lines should not surprise you, but the Lumia 950 XL is positioned in the phablet segment and it is therefore more imposing than its friend.
There Microsoft opted for a large 5.7-inch QHD screen with a Snapdragon 810 processor and 3 GB of RAM. No change on the rest of the data sheet apart from the battery which reaches approximately 3340 mAh.
This phone surprised me a lot. I expected something very massive and it is ultimately not much larger than the 950. To be honest , I have even confused the two. There, you will tell me that I need a vacation, but some journalists have also made the same mistake.
I won't name a name, of course.
The shell is also made of polycarbonate, with the same finishes and the same feeling to the touch. The manufacturer has not opted for the same ergonomics, however, and the power button is thus stuck between the two buttons devoted to volume control.
I am not totally convinced by this configuration but we will have to wait to see what it gives on a daily basis.
Another strange point, the photo module is much larger than on the 950 and that does not seem logical to me since it offers exactly the same characteristics.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are both compatible with Continuum. It suffices to connect them to their station and to a screen to transform them into a thin client.
I was obviously very impatient to discover this function.
Contrary to what I thought, it is not necessary to plug in a mouse or keyboard to control the system.
In reality, if you connect the Lumia to the dock and therefore to a screen, then it will offer you to automatically switch to desktop mode and its screen will then turn into a touchpad.
It will therefore suffice to slide your finger on its surface to move the cursor.
It's pretty cool but this solution is mostly made for troubleshooting. If you want to be productive, it will be better to rely on the mouse / keyboard combination.
In addition, you should also know that the desktop created by the Lumia will be closer to tablet mode and the terminal will only be able to run universal applications.
So what ?
The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are less impressive than a Galaxy S6 or even a Galaxy Note 5 aesthetically, of course, but they still have a lot of charm.
Especially without their lock, haha.
Nothing to say in particular on their technical sheet. I did not have them long enough in hand to be able to judge them on that. Same thing for Windows 10 Mobile.
Continuum left me quite perplexed, however. The function is really great, it works very well, but I also think that it is not intended for all audiences.
Your Lumia is not going to replace your computer. Not right away, anyway. Rather, it should be seen as a complement or as a thin client. Continuum will be sufficient for doing office automation or hanging out on the web, but it won't allow you to make video or edit your photos either.
Afterwards, I think that this is typically the kind of product that could be of interest to salespeople or even trainers.
Anyway, I'll stop there for the moment. I have requested to have both Lumias in test but I cannot give you a date at the moment. I try to do the best I can but I admit that it's not always easy to juggle all the tests and all the requests that are made to me.
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