Microsoft’s new Lumia phones announced

Lumia 950Microsoft officially confirmed the existence of two new Lumia handsets at a major launch event this week. It introduced the Lumia 950 and 950 XL to the world in an attempt to fight back against the dominance of Android and iOS.

As well as being intriguing pieces of hardware in their own right, these devices are also set to show the world what Windows 10 Mobile has to offer.

The 950 has been confirmed for a UK release, with the 950 XL arriving in the US next month, before a wider rollout which has yet to be confirmed.

The smaller handset has a 5.2 inch QHD AMOLED display, making it the equal of competing devices from Samsung. The XL model sports 5.7 inch QHD screen and is every inch a phablet, while both models feature interchangeable battery covers and wireless charging capabilities.

The 950 XL is more powerful than the standard 950 thanks to its octa-core processor, although both models benefit from a 20 megapixel primary camera with PureView technology. A front-facing five megapixel snapper will take care of selfies and all that remains is for Microsoft to confirm the UK pricing of these potentially game-changing smartphones.