In anticipation of Microsoft's next big launch event on October 6, we set out to figure if Microsoft's upcoming phones were worth sharing the dais with other flagships. To be fair, we're quite impressed so far.
However, whatever little doubt we had on these new phones were quietly dispelled this weekend by a leaked internal presentation which looks like an official Microsoft phone fact sheet. Apart from the widely covered Lumia 950 and 950XL, Microsoft may also launch Lumia 550, a low-range alternative for its larger siblings.
All three phones, optimised for Windows 10, form part of Microsoft's strategy to build one phone each for premium, mid-range and affordable segments. This followed a carnage earlier this year when Microsoft had to write off billions following its failure to sell erstwhile Nokia phones.
Lumia 950XL, Microsoft's upcoming flagship, is a 5.7 inch behemoth featuring a QHD display, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 20MP PureView and 5MP cameras and a 3,300 mAh removable battery.
The phone can be connected with other Windows devices through a USB Type-C slot. The phone also features Qualcomm's QuickCharge and wireless charging features.
On the other hand, Talkman (Lumia 950) will contain a smaller 5.2-inch QHD display and will feature an octa-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 32GB internal storage, 3GB RAM, 20MP and 5MP cameras and a lighter 3,000 mAh removable battery.
The recently-leaked Lumia 550 was one device that had evaded our attention so far. The new leak suggests that Lumia 550 features a 5-inch HD display, 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM, 20MP and 5MP cameras and a lighter 1,905 mAh removable battery.
Apart from the three new phones, Microsoft is also slated to release the Surface Pro 4 tablet, a successor to the immensely popular Surface Pro 3 released last year.
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