Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL price and release date (updated)

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL price and release date (updated)
Microsoft just showcased its first Windows 10 Mobile handsets - the Lumia 950 and its XL sidekick - along with the newest Surface convertible. The phones will be the poster kids for Microsoft's brand new push in mobile hardware, after it introduced the screen size-agnostic Win 10, and wrote off the Nokia merger, starting with a completely clean slate. 

The 950 and 950 XL are every bit as cool as the rumors indicated, with high-res 5.2" and 5.7" displays, Snapdragon chipsets, 20 MP PureView cameras with ZEISS optics, the works. 

How much for these beauties? Well, $549 for the Lumia 950, and $649 for the Lumia 950 XL. AT&T announced it will carry the Microsoft Lumia 950 in its retail stores and online, but pricing, availability and further details will be announced at a later date. In the UK, the Lumia 950 XL will be£549.99 (SIM-free), while the Lumia 950 will be available for £499.99.

That's in line with other flagship and midrange handsets in the Android-iOS duopoly land, so we'll see how the new Windows 10 Mobile gear fares in the market once it hits the shelves next month.

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL price and release date (updated)

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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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38 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2813; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

iPhone 6s? iPad Pro? Macbook Pro? All killed today!

3. sniper1087

Posts: 537; Member since: Dec 31, 2011

I completely agree ipad pro lol no need for that, lumia 950 and 950 XL awesome devices waiting for them now the only thing is that the surface book is going to probably cause an impact to the surface pro 4, if I am on the market for one of this it will be the surface book.

7. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Surface book costs a LOT MORE, so it won't have too big of an impact. The book it for the professionals on the go or gamers who want the performance and mobility.

11. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

MS finally has something to compete with the MB Pro (not just the 13 inch, but 15 as well). I really hope this thing takes off, I'll definitely be looking at a Surface Book 3-4 years down the road when I'm in the market for a new laptop.

19. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

Marketing wise, I think he has a point. The surface book puts a considerable damper on the pro 4 just like the Nexus 6P spoiled the Nexus 5x party. It's human nature and Apple seems to be the only one that p,as the perceptions game well.

24. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

they're at different price points and aimed at different parties though!

4. Neros

Posts: 1016; Member since: Dec 19, 2014

Ipad pro was a flop since the release, bro. Big-ass useless ipad with high pricetag.

5. rsiders

Posts: 1895; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

I'm a huge fan of Microsoft and even I know that that's just really wishful thinking. Apple will continue to thrive but hopefully things will start to make a turn for Microsoft.

6. AmitMajumder

Posts: 178; Member since: May 21, 2012

I doubt the iPhone 6s getting killed, but the rest 2 surely are killed!!!

10. EC112987

Posts: 1214; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Yea I agree the iPad pro is gonna be DOA but the 6s will be fine.

9. Rydsmith unregistered

6s killed? Oh now you're just cute. With all those amazing apps like Bank of America, Chase, Amex, Snapchat, The Guardian, etc... NOT on WP, I'm sure the iPhone 6s is shaking in its boots.

23. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

This guy is so funny. iPhone 6s will not be beat by anyone until iPhone 7. The iPad was dead in the announcement that Surface 4 is a Laptop killer!! As for the 950xl, my Nexus 6p will out sell both of these phones put together. The price tag on these phones is just wrong, just like every WP launch wait three months and you'll get it half off.

27. Ordinary

Posts: 2454; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

So if your Nexus outsell those two phones Nexus is better in your logic?

34. ZeroCide

Posts: 810; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Agreed the Nexus is not a better phone than the Lumias.

16. crazycompact

Posts: 17; Member since: Sep 02, 2015

oh hell YEEAAAAH!

31. LordDavon

Posts: 152; Member since: Sep 19, 2011

I don't see them as killed. Just that good alternatives have been announced. I was all excited to upgrade my Surface Pro 3 Core i7, and now I'm all confused. The new Surface Pro 4 Core i7 finally has Iris Pro graphics, but that Surface Book is just amazing. I'm considering tossing both my Surface Pro 3 and Lenovo Y70 gaming laptop on Craigslist and just getting the Surface Book. The issue is that the only version with 16GB RAM is $2700! I can get a Surface Pro 4 with Core i7 and 16GB RAM for $1800. Decisions!

37. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

In your dreams perhaps.

40. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

A moment of silence for all iSheeps.

2. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I'm looking forward to trying both of these devices and possibly purchasing one

8. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

Not too thrilled about the new handsets, hopefully they're the last of the old Lumia design language and they move on to Surface phones next year. What's really missing here is a fingerprint scanner. I mean, they put one in the keyboard for the Surface, why not in their phones? That being said... OHMYFREAKINGGOSH IS THE SURFACE BOOK AWESOME!!!

17. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The phones use Windows hello no need for a fingerprint scanner.

13. mayur007

Posts: 593; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

I think they are near right pricing....... They are feeling the heat of pricing.. I might consider now the windows now I have to see how fast there camera focus is

14. pongkie

Posts: 663; Member since: Aug 20, 2011

i kinda like the 950

15. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So this event was mainly for Surface cuz I only saw 1 minute of the phones. If this doesn't show WP fans that MS doesn't care as much for the OS I don't know what will. I only saw them show off one feature of the phone when it was connected to the PC, other than that he zipped right thru them and jumped to the Surface. DOA! The other two products blew my mind. I lov my Surface 3 pro and I will definitely get the Surface book. iPad pro was just kicked to the side.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3722; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I saw this as kind of inverse to Google's event: they spent about a minute on the Pixel C, but really focused on the two Nexus devices. Both companies know what side their bread is buttered on.

20. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

1 minute? your internal clock is off and you cant tell time...just saying

29. Derekjeter

Posts: 1457; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Please tell me a feature of the phone that was demonstrated other then the ones when it was connected to the PC?? Did they test the camera? No Did they test any Apps? No, mainly cuz there's hardly any to test. What about battery? No Did they show how WP 10 on the phone other than the home screen? No Every body complaints about Apple but they are leaders in marketing. If there was ever something MS needs to copy from Apple is marketing. It would have been better announcement to show off a few cool features but this guy just ran thru the presentation.

35. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

"Did they test the camera?" What do you mean by "test"? You mean show the captured taken with them from a past event? At least they "tested" what the camera button can do. "Did they test any Apps? " They did that in the build conference. Did Apple talk about battery on the Iphones? "Did they show how WP 10 on the phone other than the home screen?" They did that in the build conference,

36. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

600k apps...eye roll. What should they show? YouTube app that is better than androids? its not new. Camera test? no, they didn't test the camera on any device. Though he did shoot 4k video rather quickly. Probably quicker than any android. My 1520 still takes as good or better pics than flagships that just came out. I really don't need them to show it off....at this event. This was not a windows 10 event, it was a devices event. Makes sense to show the homescreen and not much else. Want more? Download the preview...done. However continuum was new, and on full display. Battery? Quick charge, did mention all day and it still having % the next. Considering my 1520 on beta software lasts all day with usage, I wont fret this one wont either. I would agree that they need more 'marketing'. In the end...1 minute is still a falsehood, the band has a watch hope you can tell time though..

25. gazmatic

Posts: 807; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

according to the phonearena live blog... the phones coverage started at 9:38 and ended 9:57 yeah. exactly one minute. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Liveblog-Microsofts-Lumia-950-series-and-Surface-Pro-event_id74444

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