Microsoft might skip the Lumia 940 generation, go straight to Lumia 950/950XL

Microsoft might skip the Lumia 940 generation, go straight to Lumia 950/950XL

"If nobody wants to make Windows phones, we will make them ourselves." This doesn't really sound like pep talk from Microsoft's CEO Satya Nadella, but that's exactly what he said in an interview yesterday

Microsoft is certainly capable of pulling this off, and, given that it already wrote off the Nokia purchase as a loss, whatever Lumias it churns out from now on, are only going to benefit the Windows ecosphere, even if they are not widely successful in the market. In fact, a Chinese tech blog dedicated to Windows Phone that has often broken credible leaks before, claims that Microsoft will skip a flagship Lumia generation, and go from the current Lumia 930 straight to the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950XL as titles for its upcoming top-shelf Windows Phone gear.

If this name switcheroo materializes, we could be looking at a Lumia 950 with a 5.2-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. That works out to a 424ppi pixel density. A Snapdragon 808 is under the hood with a hexagon CPU and the Adreno 418 GPU handling graphics. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of internal-expandable storage. A 20MP PureView camera adorns the back while a 5MP front-facing snapper handles selfies and video chats. A triple LED flash allows you to take well-lit pictures in low-light conditions.

The Microsoft Lumia 950XL in its turn is tipped to feature a 5.7-inch glass with a 1440 x 2560 resolution. That gives the screen a 515ppi pixel density. The 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset drives the phone, carrying an octa-core CPU and the Adreno 430 GPU. 3GB of RAM is inside along with 32GB of native expandable storage. Like the Lumia 950, the camera on the 950 XL is said to come with a 20MP PureView snapper on the back, and a 5MP camera on the front. Both phones are expected to arrive in the fall, carrying the new Windows 10 Mobile out of the box.

source: WPXap (Weibo)

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44 Comments

1. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Or, they were smart they would skip Lumia all together and call it surface.

3. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

no... Lumia is a known name on smartphone , Surface isn't..

9. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Are you kidding? Surface is very well known, and lumia is mostly associated with low end phones. Surface on the other hand is premium, and luxurious. It is much more well known as well.

11. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

but Surface as its own name means, it's for something bigger than a phone because it's a surface duh

13. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

What does that matter? Slapping that name onto it will do more good than harm. People know and like surface. No one, outside tech circles, really knows or cares about Lumia.

16. vincelongman

Posts: 5611; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

IMO it would be too confusing if they called phones Surfaces as well Then you would have Surface 4, Surface 4 Pro, Surface 950, Surface 950 XL, ...

24. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Maybe just Surface phone --> next year, Surface phone 2.

18. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

Lumia is a lot more well known than Surface .. And no, its not just low end..

33. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Lumia is high end phone too.......

26. Shubham412302

Posts: 547; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

it dosent matters but nokia has never use '4' in a phones model no. but microsoft released 430/435/640 etc

20. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 584; Member since: May 07, 2012

Microsoft Surface Phone sounds Good. eagerly anticipating their next flagship. W10m has potential, I hope it gets a big cut of the pie

28. waddup121 unregistered

talk about a massive leap

34. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

What is essentially a "Surface" phone will come out early 2016 with an Intel x86 processor. Those are the rumors at least.

35. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2249; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I think what they need to do is inspire manufacturers to bring back devices that back in the old day ran Windows Phone that had actual unique names. For example: Samsung Blackjack HTC Titan LG Incite Don't you all miss the old days when a device was just as unique as it's name? Nowadays we are getting locked into what I like to call the "german automobile" naming and designing structure which is: name your car after some letter/number combination and any updates or reiterations are just minor in nature and keep the playing field level with others (in other words: look MORE like your competition, not less).

38. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 584; Member since: May 07, 2012

Yes, but they ran out of names, hence numbers. eg. galaxy s,s2,s3,s4,s5,s6

37. ricmdv

Posts: 28; Member since: May 02, 2015

If they were really smart they would wait for the SD820.

2. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

i just hope Microsoft reconsiders using those SoC if they plan to release these new flagships by Q4... go straight to SD820 PLEASE!!! be wise and do something right if you want to save W10

6. Cheezwiz

Posts: 495; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

I couldn't agree more. If this is a Q4 handset, then they should at least benefit from the SD820. The more I think about a L950 with an SD808, the more attractive a new Nexus (with an SD820) sounds.

8. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They go straight to Intel socs....

17. sgodsell

Posts: 6722; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The problem is the current WP ecosystem does not support x86 hardware. So if they went with an Intel processor, then the current WP ecosystem would be useless. They may as well make a surface phone that runs legacy apps instead. Let's get real there isn't a lot of Metro or Modern apps, and legacy apps don't take advantage of the touch screen. Are you going to add a mouse and a keyboard to you phone? You can do that now to many phones, but then why buy a smart phone in the first place.

22. noler

Posts: 326; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

Windows 10 Mobile support x86 hardware and Windows 10 Mobile support all WP ecosystem(around 500,000 apps) regardless of the processor.

39. sgodsell

Posts: 6722; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

If you built any WP apps, then you would know that the vast majority of those WP apps are optimized and compiled for ARM and not x86 processors. Compiled ARM programs don't run on x86 processors. However you can run ARM apps on x86 processors via emulation. But then there a speed issues. Not to mention emulating a processor and OS takes more storage and resources in general, and would eat a lot more of the battery.

41. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

If you built win8.1 universal, the support is there. If you didn't, basically adding it to the studio project is all that is needed. Sure some tweaks here and there. But no more than apps that needed updating for being broken going from android 2.x to 4.x or 4.x to 5.x (love hearing people blame the carrier for an app breaking cause of an update).

15. rsiders

Posts: 1860; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Windows Phone does not need the same specs to run more than efficiently akin to Apple. Look at how far the specs are between Apple and the top of the line Android phones even with only 1gb of RAM. Now I see the perception of having the latest and greatest but even the lowest end models will be able to run Windows 10 Mobile without a hitch. You can't say the same for Android devices.

21. mafiaprinc3

Posts: 584; Member since: May 07, 2012

i couldn't agree more, but i would still like to see some highend chips for w10m, especially in the graphics area

27. rsiders

Posts: 1860; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Yeah I'm with you on that as well. I just want to remind people of perception versus reality a little bit. I think they should throw everything into these new phones just for the mere perception of better specs equals better phone.

43. rtcinema

Posts: 8; Member since: Jul 16, 2015

I don't see why they would. It would be nice, but it doesn't follow Microsoft's hardware strategy. The goal of the Lumia series isn't to be the next big thing. It's to showcase what windows 10 mobile is capable of and get OEMs to make the more top spec flagships. Windows doesn't want to scare OEMs off by making phones that are a direct contender. Think of it more like the Nexus line of phones. They're have good hardare, but usually not the "best" hardware. Just look at the Surface Pro 3 tablets. They are by no means the most powerful windows devices, but they are an amazing combination of software, hardware, and peripherals. I could easily see their strategy revolving around having an easy to use experience that comes with good, not great, hardware. A good camera, smooth OS, and long battery life would sell a great deal of people on giving it a shot. Not to mention, the Sony Xperia Z4v launches around the same time frame and has practically the same internal hardware as what's listed here for the Lumia.

4. jesus_sheep

Posts: 279; Member since: Apr 18, 2015

Microsoft should sell themselves to Google.

5. mistercarter

Posts: 360; Member since: Sep 01, 2011

hell nah, the more competition the better for all of us

10. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Lol, let me inform you kid Google can't afford Microsoft and vice versa. They are too big to sell. Kids these days. Lol Still laughing. Thanks for the laugh.

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