Microsoft unveils new Lumia 950, 950 XL, Surface devices

Victor Barreiro Jr.
Microsoft talks about the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, a new Surface tablet and a Surface Book laptop

TERRY MYERSON. Screen shots from Microsoft livestream

MANILA, Philippines – On Tuesday, October 6, Microsoft announced a number of new Windows 10 devices at an event in New York.

Terry Myerson began the event by saying that more than 110 million people have taken advantage of the Windows 10 operating system to date.

He added that a new chapter is coming, thanks to new devices powered by Windows 10.

PROJECT XRAY. Screen shots from Microsoft.

Myerson gave the floor over to a demonstration of mixed-reality gaming through the Microsoft Hololens, where a player using the Hololens fought off robots on the stage with a controller.

The Hololens development kit will be open to signups, with the development kit available in the first quarter of 2016 for $3,000.

Following the Hololens demonstration, Lyndsey Matese discussed the new Microsoft Band, which comes with built-in GPS, UV monitoring, guided workouts, sleep tracking, calorie tracking, and notifications, along with Cortana virtual assistant integration. There’s also a new barometer sensor for users who want to go out and up.

The new Microsoft Band will be available for pre-order today for $249, and will be available on October 30.

LUMIA 950 AND 950 XL.

The main event, headed by Panos Panay, introduced two new Lumia devices, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

The Lumia 950 sports a 5.2-inch WQHD (1440 x 2560) OLED display, along with 3GB of RAM and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. The Lumia 950 also takes adavantage of a 20-megapixel PixelView camera with triple LED flash. Microsoft also added an infrared camera to let Lumia users log into their phones using their face.



The Lumia 950 and 950 XL also has 32GB of storage on the phone, which is expandable with microSD cards. The new Lumias will also have support for the Continuum feature of Windows 10, which can turn the phone into a PC, by allowing support for a mouse and keyboard, either through Bluetooth or a spcial adaptor.

The Lumia 950 starts at $549 while the Lumia 950 XL starts at $649 an will be available in November. Meanwhile, the Lumia 550 starts at $139 and will be available in December. 


Microsoft’s Surface Pro line also gets an upgrade with the Surface Pro 4, which is touted as being thinner, lighter, and more powerful than the Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 4 uses a G5 chipset made by Microsoft, and it is supposed to be 50% faster than a Macbook Air, or 30% faster than a Surface Pro 3.

The Surface Pro 4 has a 12.3-inch display in the same physical footprint of the older 12-inch device, making it compatible with existing keyboard accessories. 

An all-new Surface Pen, which comes with its own eraser on one end, was also introduced. It has 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity and attaches magnetically to the side of the Surface Pro 4 when not in use.

Microsoft Surface Pro 4 will be available for pre-orders on October 7 for $899. The Surface Pro 4 will be available on October 26.

MICROSOFT SURFACE BOOK.

Meanwhile, the company also introduced the Surface Book, a laptop built by Microsoft following the Surface line. It has a 13.5 inch PixelSense display with a pixel density of 267 ppi.

Touting it as the fastest 13-inch laptop ever made, the Surface Book has the latest Intel Core processors, an Nvidia GeForce GPU with GDDR5 memory.


The battery is also supposed to keep the laptop running for up to 12 hours on a single charge. 

The Microsoft Surface Book will be available for pre-roder for $1499, and will be available on October 26.

– Rappler.com

Victor Barreiro Jr.

Victor Barreiro Jr is part of Rappler's Central Desk. An avid patron of role-playing games and science fiction and fantasy shows, he also yearns to do good in the world, and hopes his work with Rappler helps to increase the good that's out there.