Microsoft video shows what it really had in mind for the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Imagine the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL with a Surface Pen. That was the original plan, according to marketing documents that Microsoft had produced back in 2015. Eventually, the decision was made not to spend the money on producing such high-end features. Shortly after the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL were unveiled by Microsoft, we passed along a rumor that Surface Pen support was coming to the two phones. That, of course, never happened.

The video at the top of the story was turned over to Windows Central by an anonymous source and was believed to be produced early in 2015. You can see the obvious differences in the design of the 950 and other concepts that Microsoft was considering at the time. That includes a different Glance screen with more information, Pen support, and "Active Sides" 3D Touch. The latter would allow the phone to know when it was being held so that the screen could stay on. It would also know when to rotate the image.

Besides supporting the Surface Pen, the original plans for the two top-shelf Microsoft Lumia models called for an optional smart cover that would work with the Glance Screen. A cut-out window on the cover would allow users to see some information from the Lumia's touch display. Microsoft was apparently going to promote the two phones using the tag line "Leave your laptop behind."

Would anything different have happened if the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL launched with these features? Probably not, outside of a few more handset sales. Still, for those who blame Microsoft for not having a clue when it released the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, the truth is that they did have a clue. What Microsoft lacked was the faith to release the two handsets in the form it originally intended to.

Related phones

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



1. Bankz

Posts: 2550; Member since: Apr 08, 2016

Microsoft, htc and sony should just merge. Match made in heaven.

3. nokia12

Posts: 610; Member since: Nov 19, 2013

for phones ? this comment after what happened to Nokia ? no heaven i tell you...

2. androiduser

Posts: 556; Member since: Jun 18, 2014

Please nokia release the nokia 9 already i need a nes phone and cant waig anymore. Maybe I'll just go for the htc u11

4. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Meh, give me a real Surface Phone with full Windows 10 on ARM, true Continuum for phone, and Fluent Design UI. Then and only then would Windows be worth my consideration on a Smartphone...but if Samsung can offer both Android and full Windows 10 on ARM on the same device (e.g. a Note 8 with Windows 10 on ARM in DeX), a Windows 10-only Smartphone won't ever be worth consideration again.

5. juandante

Posts: 679; Member since: Apr 23, 2013

You will never learn

6. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Learn what exactly?

7. krystian

Posts: 423; Member since: Mar 16, 2016

That's what samsung will do eventually. The only way for MS to get into peoples pockets is through android. Without a robust ecosystem they will never compete. There's always people that need 1 app that is not there. Whether to control their security system at home, some mod for their car, or whatever. And their current initiative may help the ecosystem a bit but mobile only apps will never make it to pc/xbox anyways. They need a mobile device like their newest r&D version of hololens to really make a difference.

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