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Lumia 950 Unboxing, Hands-on, First Impressions

It’s been some time since we had a flagship Windows phone from Microsoft, so we we’re looking forward to know what the newly launched Lumia 950 has to offer. With an announcement of a killer camera and units running on Windows 10, you can tell that Microsoft is making an effort to up their game in the mobile arena.

Lumia 950 unboxing

Lumia 950 impressions

In the Box:

Lumia 950 unit (containing a 3000 mAh battery)

Microsoft USB-C Fast Charger (AC-100)

Microsoft USB-C Cable (CA-232CD)

Earphones

Quick Guide + Product and Safety Info

Exterior

On first impression you may say that the Lumia 950 looks like an Android phone – that is until you notice the glaring “Microsoft” label on top of the screen. The Lumia 950 is 8.25mm thick and significantly lightweight at only 150g. I won’t go as far as saying that its dimensions would make it stand-out from other phones we already have in the market, but it does have an ergonomic fit, and is even pretty comfortable to use with only one hand.

Lumia 950 hands-on

For its physical buttons, we have the volume rockers, the power button, and a dedicated camera button on the right side of the unit. Strangely enough, the power button is located right below the volume rockers, which is an unusual place to put a button that you most probably would use often. It would have been better off on the left side of the unit (which has no physical buttons at all), if you ask me.

Lumia 950 physical buttons

You have your normal headphone jacks at the top of the unit, and a USB-C port at the bottom for Data, AV Connectivity, and charging. The downer though, is that the charger that comes with the box doesn’t have a detachable adapter, so you’ll have to use a separate cable for data transfer and AV connectivity.

Lumia 950 headphones

 

Lumia 950 features

The speakers on the other hand, is located at the back, on the right side of the camera.

Storage

The Lumia 950 has 32 GB of internal storage and up to 200 GB of expandable storage. Bear in mind though that pre-installed system software and apps use a significant amount of internal memory space.

The Micro SD card slot can easily be accessed by removing the plastic back cover. You’ll have to remove the battery to get to the two Nano-sim cards slots located just beneath it.

Battery

The Lumia 950 has a removable 3000 mAh battery, which is powered through the fast-charging USB-C port located at the bottom of the unit.

They weren’t kidding when they said that the USB-C port is fast-charging, as the unit can recover up to 10% of power in approximately 5-7 minutes (while connected to WiFi). We noticed thought that the phone itself quickly gets hot when charging even when battery’s not yet full.

Display

With a 2560×1440 (564 ppi) resolution, the Lumia 950 gives us a crisp and sharp display experience. Its 5.2-inch screen has Quad HD AMOLED Corning Gorilla Glass 3 display, and a relatively thick bezel.

A notable feature of the Lumia 950 is that you can use it like a PC by connecting it to a bigger screen, keyboard, and mouse through a Microsoft Display Dock. This allows you to scale and display Windows apps beautifully on the bigger screen – which is particularly useful when you need to work on Office documents stored in your phone. The best part is that even when connected to a monitor, you can still use your phone independently while you continue to enjoy apps on the bigger screen.

Note though that the Microsoft Display Dock is an optional accessory that is sold separately, and doesn’t come with the box.

Camera

The fact that the Lumia 950 has a dedicated button for the camera already tells you that it takes pride in its camera features. The unit sports a 20-megapixel PureView rear camera, Zeiss optics, OIS, triple LED natural flash and 4K video recording. The front-facing camera on the other hand, is at 5MP wide-angle, 1080p.

Lumia 950 camera

On the left-side of the camera is the triple LED natural flash. You can check the unfiltered pictures below to see the camera’s quality for yourself.

Lumia 950 sample shots

Lumia 950 camera shots

It would seem that Microsoft is now after a more premium look and feel, by saying goodbye to the vibrant colors of the older Windows phones. Although the plastic back cover doesn’t necessarily leave an impression of being premium, it does have a more mature style and in some way, screams the Lumia Series’ comeback.

Lumia 950 specs:

Operating SystemWindows 10
ExteriorDimensions: 145 x 73.2 x 8.25 mm nWeight: 150 gnCasing: polycarbonatenColors: black, whitenPhysical buttons: power, volume, camera
Storage32 GB and up to 200 GB of expandable storage nOneDrive storage
DisplayScreen: 5.2-inch Quad HD AMOLED Corningu00ae Gorillau00ae Glass 3 display nResolution: 2560x1440 (564 ppi)nAspect ratio: 16:9nTouch: Multitouch
CPUQualcommu00ae SnapdragonTM 808 processor featuring Hexa-core CPUs and 64-bit support
NetworkWi-Fi: MIMO, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac nBluetooth 4.1
BatteryRemovable 3000mAh battery, USB-C fast charging, wireless charging
CamerasRear-facing PureView camera with 20MP sensor, Zeiss optics, OIS, triple LED natural flash and 4K video recording n5MP wide-angle 1080p front-facing camera
PortsmicroSDTM slot, supports up to 200 GB of expandable storage USB-C charging port for data, AV connectivity and charging n3.5mm stereo headset connectornPorts Available in single-SIM and dual-SIM variants
SensorsAccelerometer nAmbient light sensor nBarometer nGyroscope nMagnetometer nProximity sensor
Power supplyMicrosoft USB-C Fast Charger (AC-100)
LocationA-GLONASSnA-GPSnBarometernCellularnWi-Fi network positioning nGyroscope
In the box3000 mAh batterynMicrosoft USB-C Fast Charger (AC-100) nMicrosoft USB-C Cable (CA-232CD) nQuick Guide
PreloadedCreative Studio nGadgetsnLumia Help+Tips nMixRadio nPhotos Add-ins nTransfer my Data
WarrantyOne-year limited hardware warranty

The Lumia 950 has an SRP of Php 28,990.

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