Microsoft drops the Lumia 950 XL by $200 for a limited time

In recent times, Microsoft has distanced itself from the Lumia brand it acquired when it purchased Nokia's devices and services division back in 2013. A move that was poised to rejuvenate Redmond's flagging mobile department, things haven't gone exactly to plan. Having abandoned its Lumia Highlights app and outsourced its customer care unit, Lumia devices have been dropping in price on a regular basis. Right now, the Lumia 950 XL is available for $299, a solid saving on the usual $499 retail price. 

The Lumia 950 XL comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, 3 gigs of RAM and a 20-megapixel main camera. There's also a 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 quad-HD display, though whilst it's sharp and provides reasonably accurate color reproduction, the 297 nits of maximum brightness means its a tad on the dim side. There's also a 3340 mAh battery which is replaceable, and owners can also bump the 32 GB on-board storage courtesy of the microSD expansion slot. 

Microsoft has the 950 XL available in black or white but unfortunately, the inventory of the free Display Dock appears to have been exhausted. The smaller Lumia 950 has also been subject to a price cut of $150 but again, it's no longer in stock. Needless to say, this may be one of the last opportunities you'll have to grab the Lumia 950 XL from Microsoft so if you wish to get involved, move quickly by hitting the source link below. 

The offer is good until December 24th and if you wish to have it by Christmas, you'll need to have your order in by the 20th.

source: Microsoft via Neowin

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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. dubaiboy78

Posts: 455; Member since: Sep 19, 2014

Poor MS.. $99 will do.

4. yann

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 15, 2010

You're right. Who will buy overheated SD810, almost 2 years old CPU, with OS without apps? Microsoft are crazy. a device like Lumia 950's, without anything exceptional, with at least 1 year old hardware on such price??? They are not from this planet.

5. Acdc1a

Posts: 475; Member since: Jan 21, 2016

There are still a few MS loyalists out there. Getting fewer by the day though.

21. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Still one.. but as you said.. I am reaching my end.

9. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's your experience alone. I actually bought two (2) simply because of continuum. Virtually unlimited tethering. Last month that little rascal used 160 gigabytes. I personally love using the crunchyroll app through continuum and stream unlimited dragon Ball super

17. phldlphn unregistered

Dragon Ball Super is so bad. The story arcs are just as bad as GT's and the animation is horrendous. I thought the animation was off as I hadn't watched Dragon Ball Z in years and then one night the internet was down so I turned on the TV and reruns were playing on Nick I think and the level of animation in the old series compared to the new one is remarkable.

19. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

You say animation is bad, how so? Now is it animation or drawings? Have you actually watched it? I have yet to meet someone who is disappointed, especially after the future trunks/black goku arc, considering even bills gets a little dirty.

2. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Still quite expensive for a device with no future.

13. Subie

Posts: 2392; Member since: Aug 01, 2015

Many manufacturers replace their flagships with new ones every year, which means all phones have a limit to their future when released...

3. IT-Engineer

Posts: 566; Member since: Feb 26, 2015

This dead piece og hardware Still costs 500$ on Microsoft danish store!

6. ceepyou

Posts: 68; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

Still using my 950 XL with continuum and a Bluetooth mouse to stream my content. It's never overheated. Takes really good photos too. With all the updates, Windows 10 has only gotten better and Universal Apps brought some apps back that left back in the Windows Phone 8 days.

10. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

That's so true, I personally use the crunchyroll app through continuum to stream anime and of course no one beats free tethering basically


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Haha NOOBS! WM10 is not dead, Surface Phone is coming it will run x86 apps, but i guess you dummies are not reading news huh!

8. peegieislim

Posts: 68; Member since: Dec 14, 2016

Huh those are all rumours.

11. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3151; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I see you've only been here for 4 days. Were you also born just 4 days ago? The WinHEC conference showed the demo for x86 on a phone.

12. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

If that is true why would i buy this ARM win10 mobile just to be replaced with a true x86 windows 10 handset in the near future? This is really a no win situation for ARM windows 10 users.

14. rocker91

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

i wouldnt get one for 50$

15. Bernoulli

Posts: 4361; Member since: Sep 01, 2012

Me neither, I'd get 20 , sell them on ebay, make 80 times profit

16. kotan24

Posts: 313; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Too expensive with an OS with uncertain future, and OS that is not guaranteed another year... drop it to $99 and then we'll talk.

18. trojan_horse

Posts: 5868; Member since: May 06, 2016

$300 isn't too much for this... It's quite a good deal. But for $500, it's kinda on the steep side, as the future of Windows Mobile is uncertain.

20. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Out of stock in one day.. Imagine if they had priced it at $499 or $399 from launch.. instead like last Christmas season its not in stock on teh website.

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