Earlier this week, Microsoft officially unveiled its new flagship Windows 10 Mobile smartphones: the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Both feature QHD displays, 32GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expanded storage, support wireless charging, and impressive 20MP cameras. On the processing front, the Lumia 950 comes with a hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 with 3GB of RAM, while the Lumia 950 XL is packing an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor with 3GB of RAM.
However, one of the most interesting aspects of the new Lumia flagships comes courtesy of that little USB-C connector on the bottom of the devices. Besides providing a way to charge your smartphone using reversible USB-C cables, you can also hook up the new Lumias to the nifty little Display Dock which works in conjunction with Continuum in Windows 10. We’ve learned today that the dock will be priced at $99 when it is released later this month.
Microsoft marketing manager Brian Roper gave a whirlwind tour of the Display Dock on stage Tuesday morning, showing how the powerful new Lumias can handle a “PC-like work environment” including importing files from a flash drive and connecting to a full-size mouse and keyboard. You're presented with a close approximation of the standard Windows 10 desktop, with your smartphone's Start screen mirrored to the "desktop" Start menu.
Continuum-capable apps like Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook are scaled up to your external monitor when using the Display Dock, which allows you to be much more productive than if you were attempting to manipulate a document using the 5.2-inch or 5.7-inch display of the Lumia 950 and 950 XL respectively.
The Microsoft Display Dock features a single USB-C port on the front which connects to and charges the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. On the back, you’ll find DisplayPort, HDMI, USB-C, and USB 2.0 connectors for connecting to your external monitor and peripherals. Video resolutions of up to 1080p are supported via the AV connectors.