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Lumia 950 and 950 XL could be the first phones of the Windows 10 era


Lumia 950 Concept
Image credit: Concept by The Phone Designer

The Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will be the first smartphones to arrive packing Windows 10 out of the box, according to reports emanating from China.

The IT Home website says the model names will be the official titles for the devices previously known by their codenames Talkman and Cityman.

The site’s source (via Pocket-Lint) has also dropped a number of specs for the devices it says will arrive in October or November.

The Lumia 950 (Talkman) will venture into the world rocking quite the array of high end specifications, according to the report.

A 5.2-inch 2K screen will be powered by a six-core Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM. In terms of power, there’ll be a 3000mAh battery pack (removable) and Type-C USB connectivity.

The cameras will be 20-megapixel and 5 megapixel respectively, while the 32GB of internal storage will be supplemented by MicroSD support.

The larger version of the device, the Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman) could feature a 5.7-inch screen with a slightly larger battery (3300mAh). The Snapdragon 810 is said to sit under the hood too.

In terms of software features, both phones are said to support Continuum, Microsoft’s exciting new way to turn any Windows 10 phone into a PC.

Microsoft is on record as saying the smartphone iteration of Windows 10, complete with Universal apps, will be rolled out some time after the software hits PCs, so a late autumn release sounds about right.

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The Lumia 950 (imagined above by concept artist The Phone Designer) and 950 XL are likely to front a much smaller stable of handsets, as the company scales back its smartphone hardware operation.

Microsoft recently cut 7,800 jobs and wrote off $7.6bn in losses from the Nokia purchase and reports say as few as 6 smartphones are currently planned for launch.


July 22, 2015, 9:44 am

"Microsoft recently cut 7,800 jobs and wrote off $7.6bn in losses from the Nokia purchase and reports say as few as 6 smartphones are currently planned for launch."

Not that thats a bad thing really, Nokia&MS could be accused of somewhat spamming the budget to mid smartphone range the last two years with a load of phones that were pretty good but essentially mostly the same, if MS closed the focus down to having only a couple of options (high end, mid, budget) that would work in their favor.

Am interested to see how the Windows 10 phones work out, if theyre as attractive as those renders and the software holds up well (i.e. easy porting android apps, working as a desktop when connected to a screen) it could be enough to tempt me off iOS

Dead Words

July 22, 2015, 12:35 pm

That's exactly why Microsoft did it. They don't want to control their own platform. They want to focus on perfecting their software (after all, Microsoft is a software developer beyond anything else), and support it with a few fantastic first party devices. The Surface line for PC, the Lumia line for smartphones.
Microsoft will supply the front line, much like Google does with Nexus (except to a larger extent) and have OEM's pick up the slack and fill the gaps with low and mid-range devices.
I see this as a good move. After all, what OEM would make a Windows Phone when 97% of the market is controlled by Microsoft? Nadella knows exactly what Microsoft is best at and what they need to do, and he's doing it. He's the beat thing to happen to Microsoft in a long while.
By the way, Windows 10 Mobile is looking great. I'm a Windows Insider and I've been testing it for weeks now. It's still buggy and unpolished but already it's looking promising. Come release time I think it'll be the best Windows Phone operating system yet, and will only get better.

Dead Words

July 22, 2015, 12:36 pm

Lumia devices are typically beautiful. Just look at the Nokia Lumia 830.

Joe Blo

July 22, 2015, 8:18 pm

Can't wait !


July 22, 2015, 11:27 pm

Sitting through the never ending wave of mid-range phones has been incredibly frustrating. So far the W10 era is looking much better. If the camera is killer, I could finally jump off Android and try something new.


July 23, 2015, 2:12 am

what is the price so far, i heard in india it will be sold for 35.000 rs.


July 23, 2015, 9:07 am

Its certainly a nice looking phone, and cracking for the price (although not for me as I just can't get used to phones with 5+" screens), however I think they can make an even more desirable phone, especially by trimming down even more bezel and cranking up the specs!

Will also be interesting to see what kind of price they go for as well, will it be a premium price or will be it lower to drive interest? (the surface range suggests they may build and price to the top end to encourage others to fill the "gap" below

Dead Words

July 23, 2015, 11:46 am

The Lumia 940/50 (whatever it is) might not look anything like the render as that's just the wishes/hopes of a guy rather skilled at creating renders.
I agree the Lumia 830 could've been more desirable if they had given it a Snapdragon 6xx processor and another GB of RAM and it wouldn't hurt to slim the side bezels. However, the top and bottom bezels are already more slim than an iPhone's haha.
I assume they'll push it as a premium device, as the whole point of slimming down the Lumia line is to encourage OEM's to produce low-range and mid-range devices.


July 23, 2015, 4:13 pm

Now they just need LOTS of app support. Almost every week you hear app developers discontinuing support for Windows Phones. Examples include 500px, Flickr and Skyscanner to name a few :(.


October 7, 2015, 3:56 pm

Hey will the unlocked 950XL run on the Sprint network??

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