What to Know About Microsoft Smartphones and the 2017 Holiday Shopping Season
When tech giant Microsoft acquired the legendary Finnish cell phone manufacturer Nokia, fans of the Windows operating system were elated to learn that their favorite desktop platform will have a fully compatible mobile counterpart. Unfortunately, things did not work out as planned for both companies, and Microsoft eventually suspended its smartphone releases in October 2017.
Heading into the busy 2017 holiday shopping season, many fans of the Microsoft brand are wondering what the future might hold in terms of future mobile devices. What is known is that the Windows 10 Mobile operating system will not continue to be developed; however, this does not mean that Microsoft will stop issuing patches and fixes. There are rumors of Surface smartphones or “phablets” that may run full versions of Windows 10 or perhaps the company’s next operating system, which is codenamed Andromeda, but this is all conjecture.
The reality of Microsoft smartphones in 2017 is that there are three attractive models being offered during the holiday shopping season:
Powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 microprocessor, this smartphone is ideal for all types of users. Students, business owners and artists will find the five-inch touchscreen bright, crisp and responsive. The device itself sports a slim and elegant look that is somehow able to contain 16 GB of internal memory. For additional storage, the MicroSD slot can expand up to 200 GB. This is the base 2017 Windows 10 Mobile smartphone for 2017, and it has received great reviews for its camera resolution, connectivity and overall performance.
This is one of the best mobile devices released in 2017; many users believe that it performs better than the most advanced iPhone or Android-powered smartphone. The 950 is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 mobile processor, which is one of the most advanced in the market. If you have been waiting for a smartphone that can double as a PC, the 950 is exactly what you need. With 3GB of RAM plus 32GB of internal memory, no other mobile device runs Windows 10 Mobile as efficiently as the 950. Storage can be expanded to 200GB through its MicroSD slot, but the most interesting feature can be appreciated when you connect this smartphone to a Microsoft Display Dock, which allows you to use a full monitor, mouse and keyboard; when connected in this fashio, the 950 runs as fast as a modern desktop PC.
Lumia 950 XL Dual Sim
This Microsoft smartphone is essentially the same as the 950, it is powered by an octa-core Snapdragon chip, which means that it runs several times faster than competing devices. The large touchscreen is a 5.7-inch AMOLED display with quad-HD resolution, which is equivalent to 2560 x 1440 in 24-bit color. The numerous connectivity options of this smartphone and the dual SIM capability make it an ideal mobile device for business users who travel to Latin America, Europe and Asia. Like the 950, the X Dual Sim supports the Microsoft Continuum app, which can transform this smartphone into a full Windows 10 PC when docked with the proper accessory. Sales of this smartphone actually picked up when Microsoft announced its intention to take a break from the mobile marketplace.