Microsoft’s new Lumia smartphones revealed in leaked images

Renown leaker Evan Blass has shared images of what appear to be Microsoft's next flagship smartphones: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Both devices are said to share similar, high-end hardware, but the Lumia 950 (shown above in black) will utilise a 5.2-inch screen, while the 950 XL (shown above in blue) will be a little larger at 5.7-inches.

The new devices are expected to be announced in October alongside the Surface Pro 4 and Microsoft Band 2.

Previous leaks suggest the Lumia 950 will feature a 5.2-inch Quad HD display, a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a 3000mAh removable battery, wireless charging, and a USB Type-C connector. The Lumia 950 XL will allegedly feature a bigger 5.7-inch display, an eight-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3300mAh battery.

Both handsets are said to utilise 20MP rear-facing cameras and 5MP front-facing cameras. Rumours suggest they will also feature a Windows Hello-powered iris scanner that will allow users to log in without the need for a passcode. 

The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are expected to be the first smartphones to ship with Windows 10 Mobile, and the first to support Continuum. Continuum will allow Windows 10 smartphones to "transform" into a desktop PC when connected to a monitor. Compatible applications will automatically adapt to screen they're running on, enabling the use of software such as the Office suite in a traditional desktop view.

Users will be able to continue using their smartphone as a second screen while Continuum is running, and can copy data from an app on their phone such as Messaging to desktop apps. 

A leak from earlier today allegedly shows the Lumia 950 XL (referred to by its codename, Cityman) plugged into an adaptor that provides it with a HDMI connection and a USB port.

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