Microsoft Lumia 950 (Talkman) and 950 XL (Cityman) won't be made out of metal, could be announced in September

Microsoft Lumia 950 (Talkman) and 950 XL (Cityman) won't be made out of metal, could be announced in September
 A few days ago, we told you about two alleged Microsoft flagship phones that could be announced in October: the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman), and the Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman).

Now, Windows Central has more details about the two handsets, starting with the fact that they may actually be announced in September at IFA 2015 (4 -9 September), with sales expected to start in October or November.

According to Windows Central, which reports that the following details have been "confirmed with multiple sources", the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL won't me made out of metal (as previously rumored), instead having white and black polycarbonate bodies. Both will be pretty thin, though (around 7-8 mm), and "sexy as hell" - at least according to persons who "have seen and examined" them. Moreover, the two new Lumias should have iris scanners (it's not the first time we're hearing that Microsoft is working on this technology) as part of Windows Hello - a new feature included in Windows 10, which allows users to unlock a device in less than 1 second.

Here's what's allegedly a confirmed Lumia 950 (Talkman) specs list:

  • 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) OLED display
  • 6-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor
  • Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 20 MP PureView rear camera with dedicated button
  • 5 MP wide-angle front facing camera
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 3000 mAh removable battery
  • Qi wireless charging support with flip cover
  • USB Type-C
And a Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) specs list:

  • 5.7-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) OLED display
  • 8-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor
  • Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
  • 20 MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash and dedicated button
  • 5 MP wide-angle front facing camera
  • Aluminum side buttons
  • 3 GB of RAM
  • 32 GB of internal storage
  • microSD card support
  • 3300 mAh removable battery
  • Qi wireless charging integrated
  • USB Type-C
Both new Windows smartphones will support Microsoft Continuum, a feature that can turn them into PCs (in a way). To make use of Continuum, Microsoft will launch an optional docking station - currently codenamed Munchkin - with USB and display ports, allowing the phones to be connected to a computer display, plus a mouse and keyboard. The Munchkin docking station could cost $99.

The larger of the two upcoming smartphones - the Lumia 950 XL, which will certainly be more expensive than the regular 950 - should come with an optional Surface pen (similar to the optional pens that are available for the Surface Pro 3 tablet), and an optional smart cover (reportedly, this has a large circular area that lets users see calls and notifications). Prices for these accessories haven't been revealed.

It's said that Microsoft hasn't decided on the final names of the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, but it will do it in September the latest.

What we're seeing below is a raw render of the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL that's based on a "combination of eye-witness reports, sketches, and internal Microsoft documentation." In other words, the real handset could look a lot like this.


Interestingly, Windows Central has it that the the Lumia 550, Lumia 750, and Lumia 850 (of which we've heard earlier today) have all been cancelled. Even so, a mid-range Windows 10 smartphone, currently codenamed Saimaa, could still be released later this year, possibly being a successor to the Lumia 640 / 640 XL.

Needless to say, the details presented above may change before Microsoft announces its first Windows 10 handsets.

source: Windows Central

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29 Comments

1. StanleyG88

Posts: 240; Member since: Mar 15, 2012

I know everyone Lovveess metal bodies but a good high quality Poly body is stronger in the long run. Also, less RF interference. Never seen a football, motorcycle or space helmet made out of metal, always Poly.

5. Penny

Posts: 1860; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Yep. If you are going to use something different, I wouldn't mind some carbon fibre or magnesium.

12. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

why people should care about that eh? metal is strong enough for 'normal' use right? still i don't like full metal bodies, it scratch, just the frame maybe.

19. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

thanks God!!! No more cheap aluminium... Removable battery and sd card, what else I can desire?... you got me off guard microsoft

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Great, it will be cheaper...

20. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

well, you are wrong bro... poly carbonate which nokia used in 930 was expensive than any aluminium... this is what we have to understand that aluminium is a cheap material. It is by no mean premium... if apple is using it, doesnt mean that it is premium... only cheapo people think that aluminium is premium

22. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

polycarbonate is more expensive only in material maybe just because the aluminum material processing is more advanced and easier to produce.. Still the process to make a metal phone body as a whole should be more expensive as its design more difficult to manufacture.

23. medtxa

Posts: 1655; Member since: Jun 02, 2014

What is premium again? If its about looks and feel isn't polycarbonate just looks like regular plastic though?

25. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

plastic in lumias doesnt look and feel cheap... samsung and lg use plastic which look cheap

3. aco96

Posts: 244; Member since: Oct 12, 2012

I'm quite sure the Lumia 950 XL will be "hot as hell".

4. dr_fajardo12

Posts: 134; Member since: Aug 26, 2012

XL plz

6. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Bring it hard Microsoft. Give me a good second phone that isn't another android. I will never give my android up but would love for Microsoft to make me fall in love

27. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Fan boy speech.

7. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

the cityman is hitting all my points in what I look for in a phone. just make it >$600 and -att and it would be the perfect phone wp + 32gb + cardslot +Qi + xenon + usb otg= my dream phone if the docking station thing is true then I dont care that much about usb otg.... but my 920 has dual led... so I'm not sold on the triple led

9. jellmoo

Posts: 2627; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

This might be a dumb question, but why would you actively want it to cost more than $600?

10. miketer

Posts: 527; Member since: Apr 02, 2015

Am sure he meant otherwise. Maybe it's a long time since he used mathematical symbols

11. gazmatic

Posts: 818; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

on second thought... you were right

17. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The phone is coming with an iris scanner and you expect it to be under $600? It will probably cost more than a Galaxy S6 or Iphone.

8. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Can't wait for these phones to come out. Just wish they had a September release.

13. gnppw

Posts: 95; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

microsoft should remove those logo from their phones. so fugly

29. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

You should also remove the logo "gnppw" from your profile... Doesn't make sense

14. yolochi

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

won't me bade out of metal

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Wording fs iucked up :)

15. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

If those specs are true I'd get either one as long as it's a T-Mobile device.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They supposedly have a universal gsm radio, so it will work on AT&T and T-Mobile, but not Verizon or Sprint.

24. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

Noooo Microsoft, Why OLED again ...

26. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Because (i think) glance screen is not available for Oled screens, only for LCD Ips.

28. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Will only partly true 1020 and 925 have glance screen although 930 don't. Oled means great viewing Angeles less light but better sunlight legibility and great colors i think these are better than glance but glance is a really cool future to have.

30. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 2012

5" FHD screen with CBD and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Contrast ratio: more than Infinite (nominal) / 4.000:1 (sunlight), multiple sensors, optimized 3000 mAH battery, dimensions at around (5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 in), 2/3 GB RAM, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, Carl Zeis camera with OIS, microSD slot up to 128 GB support, multi touch up to 10 fingers, Optional Dual SIM, color options like green, gray, red, yellow and cyan, pebble design, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, weight less than 130g. Windows Phone 10. any price

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