Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to be unveiled at a special event in October?

Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL to be unveiled at a special event in October?
We have a couple of rumors to pass along regarding upcoming Microsoft Lumia models. Let's start with the latest speculation about the Lumia 850. Last week, we passed along to you the specs for three unannounced Lumia devices. Based on memos that leaked, Microsoft was apparently prepping the Lumia 550, Lumia 750 and Lumia 850 handsets. Later in the week, it was disclosed that the three models had been 86'd by Microsoft. But now, it appears that a 180 degree change has been made for the Lumia 850.

A report published today says that the cancellation of the Lumia 850 has been cancelled. And while stopping short of calling for a definite unveiling of the phone, the report did say that it could see daylight after all. The original report listed the Lumia 850 as featuring a 5-inch Gorilla Glass 3 screen carrying a 768 x 1280 resolution. A Snapdragon 410 SoC powers the device with a quad-core 1.4GHz CPU in tow. The chip also includes the Adreno 306 GPU. 1GB of RAM is inside along with 16GB of expandable memory. The 10MP rear-facing PureView camera uses Zeiss optics, and there is a 5MP front-facing snapper on board. The whole shebang is powered by a 2650mAh battery. The phone supports HSPA, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity.

The other rumor is about the eagerly awaited pair of high-end Lumia models, the Microsoft Lumia 950 (Talkman) and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL (Cityman). While it was originally thought that these two devices would be unveiled in September at the IFA 2015 show in Berlin, the latest word is that the two high-end phones will be announced in October during a special Microsoft event. Perhaps the coverage of the OnePlus 2 launch yesterday and today's Motorola launch event helped changed Microsoft's mind.

According to Windows Central, the possible Microsoft Lumia models being planned include the Talkman (Lumia 950), Cityman (Lumia 950 XL)
Saana (Lumia 850?), Saimaa (Lumia 650?) and an Unnamed Microsoft-Intel Project.

source: AndroidCentral

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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)



1. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2264; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

been waiting for these killers to announce especially 950 XL..

2. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

& 950

3. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

October? Wow!

4. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Most likely launched in October and talked about during September

21. UniverseWolf

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Hopefully it's a worldwide launch.

5. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Man I wish it was September in time for the note and iphone release. Also I get a free upgrade in September lol and eagerly awaiting the new MS flagships.

6. Ruturaj

Posts: 1484; Member since: Oct 16, 2014

With skylake based surface.

7. Derekjeter

Posts: 1499; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

So...... Your going to launch a non popular phone with a non popular OS a month after the two most popular phones Note 5 iPhone 6s? If MS cared about the OS and its phones they would have done better planing.

8. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

Microsoft obviously are confidence they could take on both Apple and Samsung. Something like the E3. We shall see.

11. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

I agree that they should have launched at a different time. I think if they launched just a week or so before, it would have been interesting. While it would almost certainly hurt short term sales to some degree, it would be hugely effective at creating some buzz because people WOULD talk about W10 Mobile then, positively or negatively. MS keeps taking this rather arrogant approach that they'll convince people to switch right after many people will have bought iOS or Android flagship devices. Sure, you might be able to demonstrate that your OS is better, but who's going to pay attention when they'll be in a honeymoon period with their new flagship iOS or Android devices?

12. Luuthian

Posts: 332; Member since: Sep 09, 2011

Couldn't agree more. Who the hell is in charge of their timing? Might as well write off Windows Phone for another year entirely. Continuum is going nowhere fast this year.

18. janis

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 10, 2014

that is good point, bout for people like me, i have been iphone user and android user for awhile, tested win 10 on my lumia icon recently, believe me its worth waiting, its amazing os, no lags what so ever on 8.1, works flawless, battery is more than a day easy with lots of browsing and chatting..people cry about not much apps on win os, well i dont need any other apps, original ones are enough.

19. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

I still do not think the timing matters one bit. No one is choosing the Windows 10 offering if you are an iPhone or Note devoted user. Those two are beloved and have very set fan bases. Even if MS released them in August, those users would not be interested. MS is kinda back to square one- there are a handful of users like me who want Windows 10 flagship. Enough to get a nice bump to start. But MS is going to have to use Windows 10 experiences on PC's and Tablets (and to a lesser extent the XBOX) to get users to take a shot on Windows 10 on phones. Professionals and businesses may actually be their best bet. They do not have a prayer to get sales from Apple or Samsung at this stage. Just get the devices on as many carriers as you can and get the release right. The Windows Phone 8 launch was a great example of what MS can do when it is done right. The buzz for the L920 and L830 was very good.

20. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

You are right in that the leveraging of Windows 10 PC and tablet experiences is going to be the driving force of their user acquisition strategy for mobile. We do also know that dedicated iPhone and Android FLAGSHIP users are not going to be the ones to switch to Windows 10 Mobile. They are dedicated. However, word of mouth is very important to those who are not AS dedicated or who may be open to seeing what's out there. For those individuals, they are going to hear a constant flood of information about Android and iPhone immediately after those launches. They won't be very receptive to messaging coming from Windows 10 Mobile at that time. Instead, they'll have already narrowed their focus down to their main options, and Windows 10 Mobile won't be on that list. At least that's how I envision things going down. It may be the case that Microsoft actually does an excellent job at generating buzz through Windows 10 and manages to make a lot of those open-to-choice consumers receptive to keeping Windows 10 Mobile as an option come Fall.

9. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Considering the 950 is coming with the Snapdragon 808, you've got to wonder if they'll price it under $500 just to keep pace with the LG G4 and (more importantly) the Moto X Pure. If Microsoft tried to charge a flagship price (over $500) for this phone, it's going to be a waste of their time and ours.

13. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

Snapdragon 820!

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah tell that to Apple or Samsung or HTC? It's not about the price for many sometimes higher prices helps even.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Waiting for continuum here, they already have it on display for their website. Both showing dual screens and the new windows hello on the phone. Saying on new hardware coming soon.

10. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Snapdragon 808 in October. Future proof indeindeed. -_-

15. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Wanna wait till march to get a 820 good luck.

17. muhsen

Posts: 281; Member since: Jun 07, 2012

no offence but it's abit naive to think that a processor defines future proofing. The Lumia 920 with its ancient Snapdragon S4 plus is still getting the latest updates while something like the LG optimus G (SD 4 pro) or even the LG optimus G pro (SD 600), which were considered more future proofed compared to the lumias, never the saw the light of lollipop, let alone Android M. Apple devices with their ancient A5 chipset are still getting updates as well. Nexus devices with Snapdragon S4 are also still supported. Definitely, processors are the last thing to think about in terms of future proofing.

22. UniverseWolf

Posts: 2; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

You’re right the 810 is a very good chip, but the 820 comes with a lot of improvements and tech that’s not available in the previous iterations. But the main thing to consider here is the public perception i.e. the “bigger, faster, better, stronger” mentality or at least that’s the point of a flagships to many and something like the (for example) Note 5 having better HW is a detriment to many, IMHO. In addition, not long ago Nadella stated: “We're going to have great flagship phones for Windows fans. That's actually a segment we don't today have good devices and we hope to change that with Windows 10."

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