Windows OS fans (if they still exist) can rejoice as the larger 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL should land in Malaysia, following its SIRIM certification. Windows 10 Mobile will be on it out of the box but will this device be capable of putting the Windows OS back in the hearts and minds of smartphone users?
It hasn’t even hit stores in the States, so let’s not be too impatient; the Redmond-based company already mentions a 20th of November release, in their native US market. But if the Surface Pro 4 were to arrive in Malaysia on the 19th, we don’t think they’ll have one amazing gala, rather they’d build up anticipation of their devices gradually.
Skimming through SIRIM, if you’d search for the model number RM-1116, the following information would be available to you:
Saving you the trouble of digging through the spec-sheet, here’s what to expect from the Lumia 950 XL; for starters, it’ll carry a QHD (2560 x 1440) AMOLED 5.7-inch ClearBlack display, while on top you’ll find Gorilla Glass 4 to protect it from abrasions.
Running all processes, is a 2.0GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, together with 3GB of RAM and 32GBs of on-board memory. If that doesn’t sit well with you, there’s a microSD slot for expandability up to 200GB – but believe us, if you’re going to be shooting 4K content, it’ll be a life saver.
The PureView camera is back and this time it’s a 20-megapixel f/1.9 lens on the rear, equip with triple-LED RGB flash for less harsh illumination of your photos. You’ll find optical image stabilisation on board as well, that will come in handy taking quick shots with the dedicated camera button.
When recording those 4K videos, you’ll be able to shoot up to 30fps and for audio quality, it’ll be supported by the 4 microphones using Lumia’s Rich Recording technology. Selfies on the other hand, will be taken with a 5-megapixel wide angle f/2.4 shooter, which allows Full HD video recording for video calls.
To top it all off, it comes with a 3,340mAh battery and will give you Qi Wireless charging, if you prefer the no cable route. We’d like to think that you might stick with the old-school method since it’ll get you 0% to 50% in half an hour, through the USB Type-C port. It also ticks all the boxes for internal connectivity options – 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and 4G LTE.
From our perspective, Malaysians should expect our local Microsoft to release the two Lumia devices concurrently, after the Surface Pro 4 launch. Based on currency conversions you should expect the Lumia 950 XL to cost roughly RM 2,813 but obviously, no official prices have been announced.
We’ll keep you updated once we get official news from the manufacturer, regarding the Lumia devices. Till then, feel free to let us know your thoughts about how the Windows mobile platform is progressing/digressing in the comments below.
A big thank you to Twitter user @Syazx83 for the tip.