Very few things are certain in life, death and taxes are usually at the top of the list. In the summer, you can usually add humidity and smartphone rumors to that list. Ever since Microsoft launched the Lumia 930 in 2014, speculation has swirled around the imagined successor, the Lumia 940. Recent rumors have even gone so far as to included purported specs of the 940 line.
However, new rumors are stirring speculation that Microsoft will skip the 940 models all together and release their next flagship devices as the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. A Chinese tech blog dedicated to Windows Phone, which has had accurate leaks in the past, says that the Lumia 950 will sport a 5.2 inch display and support a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, with a pixel density of 424 ppi. It will have a Snapdragon 808 SoC that will contain a hexa-core processor and Adreno 418 graphics. The chipset will reportedly be supported by 3GB of RAM and will come with an storage capacity of 32GB. It will also carry a microSD slot, which to me is a big plus. The rear will be housing a PureView technology-powered 20 MP camera and the front camera will take your selfies at 5 MP.
The Lumia 950 XL will be phablet device as it expected to house a 5.7-inch screen with support for Quad HD resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The display will support a pixel count of 515 ppi. It will be powered by Snapdragon 810 chipset that includes a 64-bit octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU. It will be coupled with 3GB of RAM, and the native storage of the Lumia 950 XL will be 32GB. It will also come with microSD slot. The handset will also come with 20 MP PureView rear camera and 5 MP front-facing selfie camera.
Both phones are supposed to make their appearance this fall, and both will reportedly run Windows 10 out of the box, which only makes sense.
The specs sound great. I’ve used Windows Phone 8 in the past, and enjoyed the UI and the experience. However, apps are arguably a weak point for some users, as well as lack of easy access to Google Services. Although we do know that Google has refused to provide API’s to developers to make proper Google applications. Understandably, Microsoft would probably rather you use Skype over Hangouts.
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