Microsoft Says Lumia 950 and 950 XL Will ‘Do Great Things’ For Smartphone Battery Life

Smartphone makers have been obsessed with making handsets increasingly thin and light, but what about battery life? After all, a smartphone isn't very useful if it runs out of juice. With that in mind, Microsoft is laying out some high expectations for its new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL handsets, both of which it says "can keep up with you to help you do great things."

In a blog post talking about battery life, Microsoft begins by pointing out the large capacity batteries it picked out for its first Windows 10 phones. The Lumia 950 rocks a 3,000 mAh battery and the Lumia 950 XL gets a more capacious 3,340 mAh unit. They're both rated to deliver up to 19 hours of talk time (3G) and can last up to 300 hours in stand-by.

Microsoft Dock

It's not just about capacity. The Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL both have a USB Type-C connector with support for the USB 3.1 standard, albeit Gen 1 (basically USB 3.0 but in Type-C format). When plugged in, Microsoft says its handsets can "charge from critically low to up 50 percent capacity" within just half an hour.

The flagship phones also support wireless charging -- you can pair either one with the Microsoft Wireless Charger DT-904, a separately sold Qi charging pad that's yet to receive a price tag.

Finally, Microsoft confirms that the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will charge when connected to the Microsoft Display Dock, a nifty little accessory that allows you to use your phone like a PC via Continuum.

Good stuff, Microsoft.