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Microsoft Lumia 950 unleashes Windows 10 Mobile (pictures)

What's new in Microsoft's latest flagship phone? A refreshed software look, a strong camera and a new feature that aims to use your phone in place of a laptop. Take our tour.

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The Microsoft Lumia 950 is the first phone with Windows 10 software on board.

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Which means you can use it to do this...

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...or this! Microsoft calls this Continuum, and it means that you can connect the phone to a monitor or TV screen to see your phone contents on a larger screen -- like a photo slideshow or a Word document you're working on.

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So long as you have a compatible dongle, or an aftermarket dock that uses a bunch of cables.

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Three of them for the dock, minimum, including an HDMI cable and two USB-C cables (one connecting the phone to the dock, and another going from the dock to a power outlet).

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Here's a closer look at the type of HDMI dongle and the Microsoft Display Dock, which you'll have to buy separately if you want to use Continuum.

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The dock has a bunch of connector ports on the back, for wired keyboards and mice, and the HDMI cable.

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A closer look at the USB-C port where you connect the Lumia 950 phone.

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You can also add wired or wireless keyboards to make typing (and composing longer documents) a lot easier than scrolling and typing on the phone to see your work on a monitor.

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A mini tutorial gets you started with setup (but doesn't go far enough).

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Here's the screen you get after connecting the phone to a TV screen using the Display Dock.

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Tap the Start button to view and interact with your Start screen.

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Documents and images fill the display. You can scroll, tap and navigate with your digits.

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Here's the phone connected to the Display Dock.

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The whole setup, including a wireless keyboard and mouse.

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And here it is again with me. I used this setup to write much of the Lumia 950 review.

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The Lumia 950 has other tricks, too, like biometric iris scanning to log you into the phone.

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After it recognizes you, it winks!

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The 20-megapixel camera utilizes a triple flash, which is meant to bring more natural color.

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Here it is, all lit up.

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The dedicated camera button takes shots and also triggers the camera to open when you double-click it.

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The Lumia 950 has a newfangled USB-C type port for its connector. This is the wave of the future, but you may need to buy extra cables.

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Although it's made of plastic and not more aspirational metal, you can remove the backing and battery.

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A microSD card slot stacks above the SIM card tray.

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Microsoft also spiffied up the look of the software inside. Just take a look at the new app store.

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There are pros and cons to just about every part of this phone (and all phones). Check them out in my full Microsoft Lumia 950 review.

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