Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM Specs and Photos, Leaked! Still Not A Better Cameraphone Than Nokia Lumia 1020?

I think that, at this point, hardcore Nokia fans - like myself - should stop holding their breath and hoping that Microsoft would bother creating and releasing a decent follow-up to the imaging powerhouse Nokia Lumia 1020.

Microsoft Lumia 950
Microsoft Lumia 950

Details about Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL, the Redmond Giant's 2015 flagship smartphone, have just been leaked. And off hand, looking at their list of its purported technical specifications, I don't think that any of the two will be a better cameraphone compared to Nokia Lumia 1020, which was released way back in 2013. I mean, while all other aspects of the new phones represent an upgrade, their imaging module still leaves a lot to be desired (at least, for users who have been pampered by Nokia in this department).

Microsoft Lumia 950

Available in a number of colors, including Dark Blue, Black, and White, the Lumia 950 is said run Windows 10 Mobile operating system with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset and is equipped with a 5.2-inch WQHD 2560 x 1440 pixels display, 32GB of ROM that you can augment up to 2TB using microSD card expansion slot.

On the other hand, the phablet version - Microsoft Lumia 950 XL - flaunts a bigger 5.7-inch screen albeit with the same QHD resolution. It also comes with the same set of internal hardware as well as Dual SIM Dual Standby capability.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

The two phones share a similar 20 MegaPixel main camera module with Dual LED flash and renowned Carl Zeiss optics. This can definitely go head to head with (if not altogether beat) the best that Android smartphone makers can offer but - again - when compared to the Nokia Lumia 1020's 41 MegaPixel plus Xenon-LED-flash-combo module, I don't think it will be just as good.

As for their price tags, expect both models to be quite expensive; Around $738 USD for the Lumia 950 and $838 for the XL version, according to various sources. That's roughly Php 34,500 and Php 39,000 with current conversion.

Anyway. I'd love to be proven wrong but clearly, Microsoft is not interested in building upon the legendary mobile imaging legacy that Nokia's mobile devices business (that they have fully acquired) has achieved through the years. And understandably so, Microsoft simply needs to sell software -- that's their main business after all. Why invest too much time and effort into a field that's not particularly relevant to your area of expertise?

So I guess if - like me - you're also dreaming of finally having a great replacement for our Nokia Lumia 1020, we'll just have to wait for Nokia itself to release one either next year or in 2017, when they're finally free to do it.