Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL first look: How the display dock gives this an edge

Microsoft Lumia’s ambition to be a preferred business smartphone for executives may finally take flight in India with the launch of its Lumia 950 and 950 XL. While both the devices have got enough prowesses to impress any Windows 10 fan, the key attraction has to be the Display Dock. With Microsoft’s Display Dock, you can convert these new smartphones into a full-fledged PC running Windows 10, thanks to Continuum.

How to convert it into a PC?
You will need an external display (any TV with HDMI port), a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard combo along with either the Lumia 950 or 950 XL and of course the Display Dock.  If you don’t find a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard, you need not worry. The same can be done on your smartphone as well.
Now think about this scenario. You already have an external display, a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard at your office or any meeting room that you would be visiting. You simply walk in with your Microsoft Lumia 950 or 950 XL, the display dock and the necessary cables for the meeting. Connect the palm-size dock to the TV and your smartphone. Pair the Bluetooth mouse and keyboard. You now have a Windows 10 PC. So, for your next presentation you don’t have to carry your laptop. Everything you need is already synced on One Drive and you are good to go.

It is way more than Miracast

Keep the thought of Miracast aside. The Display Dock is way more than that old technology. The best part is the TV powered by the dock works independently. This means you can play Angry Birds on your new Lumia smartphone while delivering a PowerPoint presentation on TV. And no one in the meeting room has to know about it.
Not just Angry Birds. You can take calls or even make them, browse the Internet, play music on your Lumia 950 or 950 XL without any interruptions on the TV screen. While your colleague is changing slides or explaining them in the meeting room using the mouse and keyboard, you can easily do your work on your phone. The Display Dock makes the external display work separately altogether.
It comes with two USB 2.0 ports, one USB high current charging port, one Display Port and one USB Type C port for connecting the smartphone. The Display Dock has to be powered separately.
With these, you can transfer files to your smartphone or put them on One Drive from your external storage, charge another smartphone or tablet and more. Also, while the Lumia 950 or 950XL is connected to the Display Dock, it automatically gets charged. So, you won’t end up with low battery on your smartphone after a presentation.

Apps: What works and what doesn’t?

So, will all apps (predominantly built for small-screened smartphones) open seamlessly on the huge external display? No. Only universal apps will. The good news is most of them you would need are universal.

How capable are the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL?

The purpose of having two devices is primarily to give more choice to buyers. If you need a bigger 5.7-inch display then opt for the Lumia 950 XL, else if you are good with a 5.2-inch display then go for the Lumia 950. Apart from the display size, the Lumia 950 XL runs on an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor with Adreno 430 GPU. Microsoft is using liquid cooling technology for meeting the cooling requirements of Snapdragon 810. There is actually distilled water inside the 950 XL working as a coolant. It is powered by a bigger 3,340 mAh.
On the other hand, the smaller Lumia 950 is powered by a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor with Adreno 418 GPU and a 3,000 mAh battery.

Other specs of both the devices are similar. Both come with 32GB internal storage expandable up to 2TB, 3GB RAM, 20 MP f/1.9 rear cameras with Tricolor LED Flash, 5MP wide angle front cameras AMOLED display and Windows 10 Mobile operating system.
After spending a brief time with both the devices, I would say Windows 10 Mobile gives a refreshing touch to traditional Windows phones. Both the smartphones were smooth and I did not face any hiccups while running them the Display Dock. The Snapdragon 810 SoC does heat up a bit but it is way more manageable now and there are no performance issues at all.

Special mention. The camera quality seems excellent.

Full review coming shortly. Stay tuned to this space for more.

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The Galaxy S6 is one of Samsung’s flagship smartphones this year. The Galaxy S6 was announced back to back with the Galaxy S6 Edge, and is still one of the best-specced smartphones out in the market. This handset is usually quite expensive, which is to be expected, but the device is now actually discounted on Amazon in case you’re interested. The Galaxy S6 now costs $399.99 on, which means it’s $200 cheaper than it usually costs ($599.99). Keep in mind that this is the 32GB US variant of the device, and that it is unlocked. Hurry up in case you’re interested, as it’s usually the case with such deals.

The Samsung Galaxy S6 features a 5.2-inch QHD (2560 x 1440) Super AMOLED display, 3GB of RAM and 32/64/128GB of internal storage (non-expandable). The device is fueled by the Exynos 7420 64-bit octa-core SoC, one of the most powerful mobile chips currently available out there. The 16-megapixel OIS camera is available on the back of this smartphone, and a 5-megapixel snapper can be found up front. The non-removable 2,550mAh battery is also a part of this package, and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed here with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI available on top of it. The Galaxy S6 measures 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8mm, while it weighs 138 grams. In case you’re interested, check out our full review of this handset.

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Samsung's new chip set, the Exynos 8890 has been creating a buzz for some time. The exynos 8890 created a new high powered score on the AnTuTu benchmark site. The Exynos 8890 scored a 103,692. The chipset to score anywhere close was the Kirin 950 SoC. The Exynos 8890 scored much more then the Kirin 950 SoC. Kirin comes from Huawei, which used the Kirin chipset in its newly released handset, the Huawei Mate 8.

It is expected that the Exynos 8890 will be used in the Samsung Galaxy s7 and other high-end galaxy handsets from Galaxy. On the AnTuTu, the Kirin 950 SoC had scored more than 94K. The test on the device with the model number SM-G9300, which is believed to be the Samsung Galaxy S7.

The Exynos broke all records on GeekBench Bench marking site. The chipset produced a all-time-high score of 6908 on the multi-core segment on the test. The Exynos 8890 produced a 2294. The chip is produced by Samsung using the 14nm FinFET process. According to reports that surfaced earlier, the Samsung Galaxy S7 will have Snapdragon 820 in the variants released in the US and China. The rest of the world will get Galaxy S7 powered by a Exynos 8890 chip-set.

The Galaxy S7 is touted to sport a 5.2" flat screen that has a 5.7" curved screen. Despite rumors that the handset will be revealed much earlier, a new report says that the Galaxy S7 is expected for unveiling on February 21st. This is the day before the MWC event is to be held at Barcelona in Spain. In the earlier instance, both he Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6 phones from Samsung were released the day before the MWC show in 2014 and 2015. The event is expected to take place on February 21st. In the historical context too, the Galaxy Flagships were released on these dates and it is likely that the Galaxy S7 too will be released on this date.

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Xiaomi has announced two devices a couple of days ago, the Redmi Note 3 smartphone, and the Mi Pad 2 tablet. The Redmi Note 3 is the first Xiaomi-branded handset to sport a fingerprint scanner, and is a direct successor to the Redmi Note 2 which launched earlier this year. The Mi Pad, on the other hand, is the second-gen Xiaomi tablet, its predecessor was announced back in March 2014. The Mi Pad 2 actually comes in both Android and Windows variants, but keep in mind that the Windows variant will be available in late December.

That being said, we’ve already covered the official launch of the Mi Pad 2, and are here to cover the newly surfaced benchmark results of this tablet, or should I say alleged benchmark results. The Android variant of this tablet seems to have been listed on AnTuTu, and has managed to score 85,101 points, which is very surprising. This tablet is powered by Intel’s X5-Z8500 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM, which is a good combination, but not many people have expected such a benchmark result. The only two devices that have managed to score better than the Mi Pad 2 at the moment are the Meizu PRO 5 (85,652) and Huawei Mate 8 (92,746). Either way, these benchmark results are very promising, it will be interesting to see how will the Mi Pad 2 perform in real life.

The Mi Pad 2 features a 7.9-inch 2048 x 1536 display along with 2GB of RAM and 16 or 64GB of internal storage. This tablet is fueled by Intel’s X5-Z8500 SoC, as I’ve mentioned earlier, and it packs in a 6,190mAh battery on the inside. The 8-megapixel shooter can be found on the back of this tablet, and a 5-megapixel snapper is available up front. Android 5.1 Lollipop comes pre-installed on Xiaomi’s latest tablet offering, and you’ll also find the company’s MIUI OS installed on top of Google’s operating system. The Mi Pad 2 is made out of metal, and it comes in Dark Grey and Gold color options. The 16GB variant of the tablet is priced at 999 Yuan ($156), while the 64GB model costs 1,299 Yuan ($203). This tablet measures 200.4 x 132.6 x 6.95mm, while it weighs 322 grams.

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BlackBerry has announced that it will no longer in operate in Pakistan after November 30, following a government notice which stated that the company would not be allowed to run its service in the country from December.

The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) issued its notice to mobile carriers across the country in July, citing ‘security reasons’.

BlackBerry COO Marty Beard confirmed the move today. In a blog post, he explained:

The truth is that the Pakistani government wanted the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message. But BlackBerry will not comply with that sort of directive. As we have said many times, we do not support “back doors” granting open access to our customers’ information and have never done this anywhere in the world.

Pakistan’s demand was not a question of public safety; we are more than happy to assist law enforcement agencies in investigations of criminal activity. Rather, Pakistan was essentially demanding unfettered access to all of our BES customers’ information. The privacy of our customers is paramount to BlackBerry, and we will not compromise that principle.

While the PTA was interested in gaining accessing BES communications, BlackBerry is shuttering its consumer services (BlackBerry Internet Services) as well.

It isn’t clear how many customers will be affected in Pakistan. The company is moving out of the country just as it launched its first Android-based device, the $699 Priv. However, the company’s loss of a market does speak to its commitment to securing users’ data and maintaining their privacy.

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Citing a reliable source, a report from Japanese blog Macotakara claims that Apple plans to remove the 3.5mm headphone port from the upcoming iPhone 7, helping to achieve a “more than 1mm” reduction in thickness compared to the iPhone 6s. While the screen shape and radius will remain similar, the device will once again become Apple’s thinnest iPhone ever, albeit with a new restriction: headphones will only be able to connect over Lightning or Bluetooth…

Macotakara says that the 3.5mm port “can hardly be thinner because it is the world standard,” which is accurate, though the current-generation iPod touch is 1mm thinner than the iPhone 6s despite having a 3.5mm port inside. It should be noted that Apple actively contemplated switching to the smaller but less popular 2.5mm headphone port standard many years ago, abandoning the plan after users complained about the original iPhone’s recessed 3.5mm port. Instead, the company opted to wait until alternate headphone connection technologies became more popular, producing every iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Mac with a 3.5mm port. Apple introduced Lightning headphone specs last year, though very few actual Lightning headphones have been shown or shipped.

The report claims that Apple will bundle Lightning connector-equipped EarPods with the next iPhone, incorporating a tiny DA (Digital to Analog) converter into the connector. To insure iPhone 7 compatibility, third-party wired headphone makers will need to include either Lightning cables or 3.5mm to Lightning adapters with their headphones. Bluetooth headphone makers will have no such issues.

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