Windows 10 will start rolling out to phones in December

Microsoft’s new Windows 10 flagship phones, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, are coming next month — and they’ll be the only way to experience the mobile version of Windows 10 for a while. In comments on the official Lumia Facebook page, Microsoft says that Windows 10 will begin rolling out to phones in December. How long that process takes is likely to depend on carriers as much as Microsoft.

The company says „it is our ambition“ that the „majority of Lumia smartphones“ get the update; 8GB of internal memory will be required, so owners of devices like the Lumia 530 are going to be out of luck. Only phones running Lumia Denim will be able to upgrade, according to a Microsoft support page, and „not every phone will support all possible Windows 10 features.“

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Here’s how Microsoft’s new Lumia phones stack up against the competition

Microsoft today announced a pair of Lumia smartphones: the flagship Lumia 950 and the slightly larger Lumia 950XL. In fact, it’s the third major mobile company to do so in the last month — first, Apple with the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus in September, then Google with the Nexus 5X and 6P this time last week. That’s six flagship devices across three major mobile platforms; something slightly bigger, something slightly smaller.

At its core, each of these pairs represent the ideal portal into the respective platforms (i.e., iOS, Android, and Windows 10 Mobile). When we talk specs, it’s more for sport — the real test will be some combination of the platform itself, its respective ecosystem, and personal taste. Oh, and the camera, too — definitely the camera. But until we can get some prolonged quality time with Microsoft’s new devices, let’s enjoy the sport:

On paper, the 5.2-inch Lumia 950 and 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL are powerful devices: OLED screens (564ppi and 518ppi); octa-core and hexa-core processors — with „tablet class liquid cooling“ technology; a 20-megapixel camera with triple LED flash (although we haven’t really seen how the images look in practice).

Microsoft’s most unique feature might well be Continuum, which lets you use a large-screen display — and with a Display Dock, you can even plug in a keyboard and mouse and run a Windows-esque environment capable of using universal Windows 10 apps. It’s not quite a PC replacement, but it is something no one else is offering.

The smartphone war, if you want to use such aggressive parlance, will not be won on a spreadsheet. But it can be fun to look at.

Lumia 950 Lumia 950 XL Nexus 5X Nexus 6P iPhone 6S iPhone 6S Plus Galaxy Note 5
Display 5.2 inches 5.7 inches 5.2 inches 5.7 inches 4.7 inches 5.5 inches 5.7 inches
Resolution 2560 x 1400 2560 x 1400 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440 1334 x 750 1920 x 1080 2560 x 1440
Processor Snapdragon 808 (1.8 GHz hecta-core) Snapdragon 810 (2.0 GHz octo-core) Snapdragon 808 (2.0 GHz hecta-core) Snapdragon 810 Apple A9 Apple A9 Exynos 7420 (2.1GHz and 1.5GHz, octa-core)
RAM 3GB* 3GB 2GB 3GB 2GB 2GB 4GB
Storage 32GB 32GB 16GB, 32GB 32GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 16GB, 64GB, 128GB 32GB, 64GB
Rear camera 20 megapixels 20 megapixels 12.3 megapixels 12.3 megapixels 12 megapixels 12 megapixels 16 megapixels
Front camera 5 megapixels* 5 megapixels 5 megapixels 8 megapixels 5 megapixels 5 megapixels 5 megapixels
Battery 3,000 mAh 3,340 mAh 2,700 mAh 3,450 mAh 1,715 mAh 2,750 mAh 3,000 mAh
Weight 0.33 pounds 0.36 pounds 0.3 pounds 0.39 pounds 0.31 pounds 0.42 pounds 0.37 pounds
Dimensions (in.) 5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32* 5.98 x 3.09 x 0.33 5.79 x 2.86 x 0.31 6.28 x 3.06 x 0.29 5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 2.99 x 6.03 x 0.29
Starting price $549.00 $649.00 $379.99 $499.99 $649.00 $749.00 $699.99
Misc. USB Type-C, Windows Hello, liquid-cooling USB Type-C, Windows Hello, liquid-cooling Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C Rear-mounted fingerprint sensor, USB Type-C “3D Touch,” fingerprint sensor “3D Touch,” fingerprint sensor Fingerprint sensor, S Pen
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