Microsoft has unveiled a new range of phones that combines the robust Windows 10 operating system launched late last year with the latest hardware, promising to equal or better your PC.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL premium phones allows users to run their phones as personal computers through the Continuum feature and Microsoft Display Dock which connects the devices to any HD screen.
What that really means is that in the absence of a laptop or desktop, you can still use your phone to scale apps on a bigger screen when connected, or work on an Office document, browse the Internet and even stream full HD movies downloaded from the Windows Store.
The 950 range will allow you to use your phone independently to do something different, for instance, taking a call or sending a text message while you continue to enjoy apps on the bigger screen.
“One of the guiding principles of the Microsoft devices vision is that it’s not just about the device itself, but what you’re able to get done with it,” said Kingori Gitahi, Product Manager, Microsoft Devices East Africa.
“The simple fact is that the most personal device that we have to get things done is our phone and we are working tirelessly to make sure that we do our best to give consumers the most productive phones on the planet which fits right into our mission to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more.”
With the latest-generation PureView cameras with 20-megapixel sensors, triple LED natural flash and 4K video capture, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL enable faster focus and crisper images and videos even in challenging conditions.
Microsoft says it has more than 200 million monthly active devices around the world running on Windows 10 with a target on 1 billion devices by 2018.
Windows 10 comes with features like Cortana, Windows Hello, Microsoft Edge, Continuum and the Xbox app that makes it easy to work seamlessly with a PC, tablet, or phone.
The Lumia 950 retails for Kshs 65,000 while the XL version retails for Kshs 69,999. For a limited period of time, both phones will come with the Microsoft Display dock free of charge.
In addition to the 950 series, Microsoft has also introduced the Lumia 650 and Lumia 550. The 650 is a response to Windows fans who expressed their wish for an affordable and sleek phone built for business. Priced at Sh23,000, the Windows 10 Lumia 650 has an aluminum frame, making it the lightest Windows phone yet. It also features up to 200GB of expandable memory for flexibility on the go.
Microsoft Lumia 550 combines 4G LTE superfast Internet with the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor plus Microsoft services for Sh13,999.