Are you using you smartphone on your travels instead of a bulky big camera? If so, you will be thrilled to know that Microsoft has held back from releasing any flagship phones for over a year now. The software giant has prepared for the release of its fresh mobile operating system, Windows 10, across all of its devices, and has knowingly delayed the release of any new handsets. It has broken the silence, though, promising not just a new OS, but also a series of new handsets for November. Let’s see how they compare to Apple’s latest handset, the iPhone 6s.
Screen size and resolution
Retina Display is one of the most amazing new technologies I’ve ever seen when it comes to displays. It’s wonderful to look at – crisp, realistic and amazingly sharp. Microsoft will have a hard time besting it – but it will certainly try.
The Lumia 950 will have a 5.2 inch screen with a resolution of 1440×2560 pixels. This beats the iPhone 6s display both at size and resolution (4.7″ with 1344×750px), and also at pixel density (326 ppi vs. 565 ppi). Microsoft has chosen an OLED screen, considered by some best of the trade right now. I’m sure games such as online pokies will look great on both, but it remains to be seen which one will fare better in real life.
Apple, as always, goes with its own proprietary hardware for its devices, and the same is true for the iPhone 6s. It hides an A9 SoC (System on a Chip) under its hood, with 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 64-bit 1.85 GHz ARMv8-A CPU, the A5 image core, and the M9 motion co-processor helping recognize voice commands and servicing sensors like the accelerometer.
The Lumia 950 has a hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chip under its cover, with a dual-core ARM Cortex CPU running at 2GHz, the Adreno 418 GPU and 3 gigabytes of RAM. It sounds superior to the iPhone 6s – but software is also important for the phone’s speed. It remains to be seen how Windows 10 will run on the new, stronger hardware.
One of the most important selling points for smartphones is their camera. The iPhone 6s allows its users to snap amazing stills with its 12 megapixel sensor, and record video in an overwhelming 4K resolution. The Lumia 950 offers the same video recording resolution, but with a 20 megapixel sensor – and its F1.9 Zeiss optics – its photos will likely be even more lifelike. Both handsets come with a 5 megapixel front facing camera for selfies and high resolution video calls.
Even with its superior hardware and price to match (or even undercut) today’s leading handsets, the Lumia 950 will have some tough competition to overcome due to its software platform and it will server your travel needs in a reliable manner.
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