The new Lumia 950 has been launched at a Windows event along with a number of other devices, including the new Surface tablet and the updated Microsoft Band. The launch was held in the US and the new Lumia handset is designed to be a flagship model.

There are two models of the new Lumia 950. The first has a hexa-core processor, while the XL version has been fitted with an octa-core processor designed by Qualcomm. The standard 950 has a 5.2-inch OLED screen, while the larger XL handset has a 5.7-inch screen. Each handset has been fitted with ‘glance’ technology, which is useful for giving diary details without eating into battery life and is ideal for business users on the move.

Each handset has a 20-megapixel camera complete with Microsoft’s own Pureview technology, includes 4K recording, and will automatically send photos and video footage to the cloud. There is a slot for a microSD card of up to 128GB and a USB connector so that the handset can be fully charged in less than 30 minutes. Both handsets come complete with Windows 10 and include Cortana, Microsoft Office, and other specialist Microsoft software.

Microsoft says that more than 1,000 companies have switched over to Lumia handsets during the last year. The new handsets will be available on all networks and can be pre-ordered at Synergy Mobile from the middle of November.