Microsoft may be scaling back its smartphone division, but it looks like the company could launch at least two flagship phones this year. According to Windows Central, we can expect at least 2 premium devices.
While Microsoft hasn’t confirmed the details of either report yet, both sites have a pretty good track record with leaked data of this sort.
Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (Cityman)
Details about Microsoft’s upcoming flagship phones first leaked a few months ago. But now more details have emerged.
We already knew that the Talkman would have a 5.2 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel display and a 3,000 mAh battery while the Cityman would have a 5.7 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel screen and a 3,300 mAH battery.
Now we know that the smaller phone will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 6-core processor, while the larger model will have a Snapdragon 810 octa-core chip.
Both phones are said to feature 3GB of RAM, 20MP rear and 5MP front cameras, USB Type-C connectors, 32GB of built-in storage, and microSD card slots. They’ll also reportedly both feature infrared iris scanners which will let you login to your phone using Windows Hello technology.
The phones have black or white plastic cases. Sorry, that should be “polycarbonate.”
Both models support Qi wireless charging, but the 5.7 inch Lumia 950 XL has a wireless charging coil built-in, while the smaller Lumia 950 will need to be used with a flip cover to take advantage of wireless charging.
All told, those specs sound good enough to help the new phones compete with the latest Android phones… at least in terms of hardware. But there are two other accessories that could help convince some folks to buy these phones instead of Android alternatives.
First up, the Lumia 950 XL will be able to work with an optional Surface Pen. It’s the same sort of pressure-sensitive pen that’s available for the Microsoft Surface Pro 3, allowing you to write or draw on the screen.
The pen does not seem to be available for the smaller Lumia 950.
Second, these may be the first devices to support Microsoft’s Continuum for Phone software. Buy a $99 desktop docking station and you’ll be able to plug a phone into the dock to run apps in desktop-style windows on an external display.
The dock, which is code-named “Munchkin,” uses the USB-C connector on the phone to let you hook up a display, mouse, keyboard, and other hardware.
The phones are expected to be unveiled in September and go on sale in October of November.