No longer just a desktop OS, Windows 10 also runs on phones and tablets - and the Microsoft Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) are among the first Windows Phones to run Windows 10 mobile. Here's the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL UK release date, price and specs. See also: Microsoft Lumia 950 launch as it happened

We expected Microsoft to launch the Lumia 940 and 940 XL but, a bit like the jump from Windows 8 to Windows 10, we instead have the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. These are flagship phones which command flagship prices. Microsoft is aiming them much more at business users than consumers, mainly thanks to all their productivity features which include the abiltiy to use them like a desktop PC with a big screen, keyboard and mouse.

Also see: Best Windows Phones 2015 and Best smartphones 2015.

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL UK release date: When are the Lumia 950 & 950 XL coming out? How to pre-order Lumia 950, 950 XL

At Microsoft's special event on 6 October 2015 it launched the Surface Pro 4 and revealed the 950 and 950 XL.

Both phones were expected to be available in November, although the release date has now slipped back until 3 December, according to GSMArena. The good news is you can pre-order them now. Click here to pre-order the Lumia 950, and click here to pre-order the Lumia 950 XL.

From 19 November you can also pre-order Microsoft's Windows 10 phones on contracts from O2, EE, Carphone Warehouse, Amazon and Clove.

Lumia 950 XL release date price specs UK

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL UK price: How much will the Lumia 950 & 950 XL cost?

The Lumia 950 and 950 XL were originally priced at £500 and £550, but ahead of their release the price has dropped to £449.99 and £529.99.

Interestingly, the price has also been reduced by Microsoft France, which ships all over Europe and is now offering a better deal than Microsoft UK at €599 (£426) and €699 (£497).

Microsoft Lumia 950 & 950 XL specifications

Several specifications were leaked ahead of the launch, including on Microsoft's own UK store. And we now know that both will come in either black or white.

The Nokia Lumia 950 has a 5.2in Quad-HD screen (2560x1440, 564ppi), a 20Mp camera with Zeiss optics, 32GB of storage (plus microSD support up to 2TB) and runs Windows 10.

The Lumia 950 XL has a larger 5.7in display (a slightly lower 518ppi because resolution is the same), but the same camera, storage and software setup.

Both phones get iris-scanning technology with support for Windows Hello, so you can simply look at your phone to unlock it.. Along with 3GB of RAM, the 950 has a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor (1.8GHz) and the 950 XL has an 810 octa-core CPU.

There are a few nifty features beyond the usual smartphone specs. They have dual antennae with an adaptive feature which automatically uses the antenna with the best signal depending on how you're holding the phone. There's also 'tablet-class' liquid cooling for keeping internal temperatures down.

The pair use USB-C for charging and synching, and can fast-charge up to 50 percent in 30 minutes using the included charger. Wireless charging is built-in.

In terms of connectivity, there's dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1 and NFC.

The more powerful chips and USB-C mean that Continuum is possible via a Microsoft Display Dock. This optional accessory lets you hook up your phone via USB, and a keyboard, mouse and monitor to the dock (there's HDMI and DisplayPort support). You can even connect a USB flash drive and use the setup just like a Windows 10 PC.

You get a desktop that looks just like a Windows 10 PC, and the Start menu is just the same home screen you'd see on your phone screen. But you can launch a universal app, such as Word or PowerPoint and it will scale to look like the desktop version. For more see: How to use Universal apps in Windows 10

Getting back to the cameras, each phone has a dedicated shutter button (a feature missing from most recent Lumias) and the main camera supports video capture up to 4K. It also has a triple-LED flash - one each for red, green and blue. This is meant to give the most natural skin tones and eliminate red-eye.

Here are the key specs for the Lumia 950:

  • Dimensions: 145 x 73.2 x 8.25mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Display: 5.2in 2560x1440 pixels (568ppi pixel density)
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable up to 200GB)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 mobile
  • Processor: Hexa-core 1.8GHz Snapdragon 808
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (dual-band 802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS
  • Front facing camera: 5MP
  • Rear facing camera: 20MP (PureView with Zeiss optics)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 3000mAh battery

Here are the key specs for the Lumia 950 XL:

  • Dimensions: 152 x 78.4 x 8.1mm
  • Weight: 165g
  • Display: 5.7in 2560x1440 pixels (518ppi pixel density)
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable up to 200GB)
  • RAM: 3GB
  • OS: Microsoft Windows 10 mobile
  • Processor: Octa-core 2GHz Snapdragon 810
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi (dual-band 802.11ac), Bluetooth 4.1, NFC, GPS
  • Front facing camera: 5MP
  • Rear facing camera: 20MP (PureView with Zeiss optics)
  • Battery: Li-Ion 3340mAh battery 

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