Microsoft shows off beautiful photos shot with the Lumia 950 XL

Nokia's legacy lives on in the latest Lumias


Two new Lumia smartphones, the 950 and 950 XL, are coming next month. They mark the latest reboot of Microsoft's mobile efforts, this time built around the new Windows 10 operating system. One thing that won't be changing between them and earlier Lumias, however, is the emphasis on camera quality, as evidenced by a number of photos posted to the Microsoft Devices blog this week. They are, like the images Google posted from its new Nexus devices, selected for their purity and attractiveness, so we can deem them to be best-case scenarios, but they still look promising.

Read next: The Lumia 950 XL review.

Mobile cameras have a particular struggle with balancing color when there's something vibrantly red in the image, which makes the photo above very impressive on a technical level. The ones below, especially when blown up to full resolution, exhibit a lot of fine detail, whether it be wispy strands of hair or the sharp reflections captured in the water droplets. Nokia's PureView technology has helped lead the way in mobile imaging, and this latest iteration of it seems to be carrying on that fine tradition under the Microsoft banner. All the photos have been shot with a prototype Lumia 950 XL — yes, the one with liquid cooling built in — and we can't wait to review the final production devices and find out if they live up to this early visual hype.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL sample photo
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL sample photo
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL sample photo

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