Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 could be launched on October 10

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950 could be launched on October 10
Last month, we heard that Microsoft would announce its first Windows 10 Mobile smartphones sometime in October. The two handsets are expected to be the Lumia 950 (codenamed Talkman) and Lumia 950 XL (codenamed Cityman), both of which allegedly offer high-end features.

We're now hearing that the new smartphones should be "launched" on October 10. The info comes from @evleaks (famous for unveiling many devices and release plans before becoming official), via an editorial published over at WMPowerUser.

Usually, "launch" means that a device is ready to go on sale, but it's not clear if we should expect the new Lumias to be available to buy starting October 10, or if this is just the day when Microsoft will announce the handsets. Of course, Microsoft could announce and launch them on the same day. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.

Initial rumors had it that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL would be made out of metal, but it looks like that won't be the case. Instead, the smartphones are likely made out of polycarbonate - a material that older Lumia users are more than familiar with.

As its name suggests, the Lumia 950 XL is expected to be larger than the Lumia 950. Reportedly, its features should include a 5.7-inch Quad HD display, iris scanner, an octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor, and a 3300 mAh battery. The smaller Lumia 950 should come with a 5.2-inch Quad HD screen, a six-core Snapdragon 808 processor, and a 3000 mAh battery. It's said that both upcoming Microsoft smartphones will have 20 MP PureView rear cameras, and 5 MP front-facing cameras.

We've already seen renders that allegedly show the Lumia 950 and 950 XL - check them out below. What do you think thus far about these two handsets?


source: WMPowerUser

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Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)

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68 Comments

1. MahmoudHamsharii

Posts: 70; Member since: Aug 28, 2013

I lost Microsoft's Passion, it seems to be its end

48. Tanujtiwari

Posts: 84; Member since: Mar 18, 2015

Yeah BRING ON THE OS WARS!!! Android 6.0 Vs iOS 9 Vs Windows 10!!! *Grabs bucketfull of popcorns*

49. IT-Engineer

Posts: 545; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

To be honest, i am really excited about these two Lumia flagships.

2. Anterv

Posts: 178; Member since: Jul 09, 2014

Lumias come with one of the best hardware in the market but disappointing software. I hope the easier apps conversion thing will bring at least a fraction of Android and iOS apps.

15. LessThanDoug

Posts: 54; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

Software in the sense that there's no apps or in general? If they were able to get the top 500 apps from Android/iOS that would be enough to bring me back. I really do wish they would increase the potential for their live tiles and make them more like Android widgets that you can actually interact with as opposed to just looking at stuff.

27. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

best hardware? I think it will be the same as other phones. For example sd810, 4gb ram, 1080p display and many more. I hope microsoft will improve the camera. Not sure if microsoft has done any improvement in pureview since aquisition from Nokia.

34. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Best hardware... We will see since nokia doesn't do thier phones anymore. But once upon a time i did agree with you on that, when nokia was with them.

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Now let the camera battle.....begin.

4. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

They should just put Nokia tag back that phone looks so ugly

28. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

it is not ugly by any mean. Pretty decent looking device. Just that it look same as old phones

38. Switch00

Posts: 536; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Wake up. It's ugly. And black bezel... this is 2015.

41. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Black bezels you mean big? You blind? IPhone have bigger bezels.

5. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Those Cameras Better Be Godly. And Using The 810 In The Xl, I Hope They Took The Same Steps Sony Did To Ensure It Performs Good Without Over Heating.

7. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Well they better at least be improved cameras. I would be quite astounded, in a bad way, if they made no changes to the camera and just plugged in the same one from the Lumia 1520/930. Good cameras, but I think the recent Android flagships and iPhone 6S have surpassed it by now.

12. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

Yeah Should Be The Best Cause Lumia Flagships Have Always Had The Best Cameras.

29. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

I doubt microsoft might have done any improvement in camera since Nokia, sighting new CEO is more focused on cost cutting rather than investing in the improvement of technology. All ex-Nokia staff is fired already. Most key engineers of pureview technology development team is hired by apple and they are developing for apple now

43. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The camera is already good no need for more mp just better sensor size and aperture is needed. And i also should mention pureview is a software thing not hardware.

45. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

It is not purely software, Pureview is a name, an idea, a goal. No matter the software or hardware used, the idea is to provide a rich camera experience in that line of phone. My 1520/930 still takes stunning photos and since I use RAW a lot, more than normal, it hasn't really been beat yet by others. Well my 1020

54. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

What i think i read somewhere that it's a technology to use high mp pics to make less mp pics with huge pixels with results in very great night picture quality that's why pureview cameras shot at 5 mp. Am i wrong or sth?

57. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

That's only true for the 1020, which had a large 41 megapixel, 2/3 inch sensor. On that phone, they gave it the ability to take 5 megapixel shots that utilize the entire sensor, giving you extra sensor space for each pixel. That was not a part of other PureViews though, as far as I'm aware. The 8MP PV cameras have something like 8.7MP sensors. Not sure about the 20MP PVs.

62. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

930 and 1520 also have this you might be right and this may be a part of pureview thing.

65. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

http://www.slashgear.com/pureview-the-tech-behind-nokias-salvation-24229841/ "Thus was PureView born, not a single camera-phone but an umbrella technology consisting of three strands: a high-performing sensor, complementary lenses and optics, and proprietary Nokia processing."

21. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well at least we know it won't come with a heat warning. One of the most frustrating things about my Z3. I believe Microsoft will bring an awesome camera experience to an already great sensor.

30. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

It is not already great in 2015. It was great, the best in its time back in 2014. Now competition already exceed the quality of photo graphy. Microsoft has to step up their game to reclaim the spot. Which I doubt they will be able to achieve after sighting Nadella firing everyone. I think Nadella was a member of Nazi firing squad before.

6. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

It would be great if they were ready to ship right after an announcement. Can't really afford huge delays. I'm perfectly fine (and in fact happy) with the use of polycarbonate. Just give me a device that I can grip well and can take a fall or two. I'm okay with metal as well; just don't give me glass on the back. Still looking forward to this. I think we know what to expect out of the hardware in general, I just hope that Microsoft has some hidden surprises in the software.

22. rsiders

Posts: 1956; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Me too. I hope for more functionality in the camera app to rival the bar LG and Samsung has now set with up to 30 and 10 seconds exposure times respectively. There was a time when Lumia owners could laugh at all the competitors in that regard but those days are long gone.

23. evilhomer3k

Posts: 5; Member since: Apr 30, 2015

I quite like polycarbonate. My 920 was a tank. Survived more severe drops than all of my other phones combined and came through like a champ. The 920 is still the only phone I kept for a full two years. Most don't make it a year.

52. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

polycarbonate is very durable and better than cheap aluminum. It is Samsung's fault that they were using very cheap looking poly carbonate which made ppl beleive that polycarbonate is cheap.

8. vishalvenky

Posts: 79; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

This is very funny.. Microsoft isn't able to release even a windows insider build.. I lost love for windows 10. My Lumia 1520 looks dumb with stupid huge font size in apps.. And no features of a phablet.. I don't think windows 10 is gonna make huge difference in seeing insider builds till now..

9. Derekjeter

Posts: 1492; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Those are some ugly a$$ phones. Jesus Christ MS you cant save WP with hardware like that.

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