The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL might get Surface Pen support after all

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL might get Surface Pen support after all
Although Microsoft has just recently announced the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, the extensive series of leaks and rumors that preceeded the official unveiling of the two Windows 10 Mobile flagships make us feel like the two handsets have already been around for months, and this despite the fact that the two phones have yet to hit the market.

While most of the rumored specs turned out to be accurate, some were disappointed to see Microsoft did not mention anything about a possible compatibility between the 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL and the Surface Pen, as was previously rumored. If you were hoping to get some productivity work done on the phablet, you'll probably be glad to learn that not all hope is lost.

According to a Microsoft employee going by the name of Nawzil on Twitter, the Surface Pen will be compatible with the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL at some point in the future. Unfortunately, Nawzil did not specify a time frame, and we also are left wanting for more details about what can be done with the Surface Pen on the Lumia 950 XL.

Naturally, any phablet - especially high-end ones - that will get pen compatibility will be invariably compared to the Samsung Galaxy Note line-up. Now at its fifth iteration, Samsung's S Pen is not only very accurate and sensitive, but it's also deeply integrated with the software. 

In closing, we'd like to mention that this is not an official Microsoft statement on the matter, despite the fact that Nawzil is a Microsoft employee. What do you guys think? Will you be more inclined to get the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL if the company brings compatibility with the Surface Pen?


source: Nawzil

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21 Comments

1. jellmoo

Posts: 2563; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

Well if somebody called Nawzil on Twitter said it, then it just has to be true.

2. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Lmbo exactly. Sadly Microsoft still left us with more questions than answers concerning the phones after the event. We are still in the "wait and see" camp.

6. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Dude that's called marketing show an iPhone 7 full specs and everything on TV and no one will buy iPhone 6s, rumors don't count actually and don't have that much impact we'll see full details by the time phones are ready to be sold.

8. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Microsoft is trying to create curiosity and hype. A marketing gimmick. They dont have apps support. Without apps, windows is a boring plateform. They are just trying to show how many functions we can perform in windows. It might work for selling and attracting ppl to their products and OS. But they cannot solve the problem of apps. In my views, apps are the single biggest problem windows has.

10. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Its turning out to be the only big issue for the platform.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1935; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Well that and continuing to strangle sales by sticking with the one carrier method.

3. Lycan155

Posts: 254; Member since: Nov 24, 2013

Cool but oems have a lot of work to get near that near flawless implementation of s pen on note phones , samsung nailed it with note series especially the beautiful note 5

11. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

Yeah they nailed it. Insert the pen backwards (mistakingly) and boom the pen storage damages. Ps. I am a big fan of note series from the start, and admire the efforts. Samsung nailed the functionality but a major flaw was left unsolved.

19. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

LMAO xD

4. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

Plz provide full android apps support. Pen or pencil support can come handy later. I purchased chuwi hi8 dual boot tablet and there are hardly any apps which I use most. Thats plain pathetic. Windows is very fast, easy and everything is familiar from desktop windows. But none existant apps made it just like a feature phone OS. Only benefit is hyper for youtube and tube cast. Both apps are way better than original youtube app. I am planning to remove windows and keep only android on this tablet.

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

You know that you can run Android apps on Windows pro tablets right?

9. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

No, I dont know. Plz tell how? I tried but windows 10 is crashing and restarting time to time.

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Here's a guide:http://www.technewsworld.com/story/77647.html There are other emulators too. It's not as good as running it on Android itself but better than dual booting or using Android instead of Windows, it should be more than enough for running apps.

5. Cslfiero

Posts: 68; Member since: Jun 29, 2015

Depending on the bespoke code of w10 mobile, pen integration may have all the support we expect on surface devices. Microsoft would not have to play catch-up as far as integration goes if they truly considered w10 a universal platform.

17. cbfphonearena unregistered

Yup. I'd be happy enough with just OneNote support that enabled ink to text conversion. OneNote for Android supports pen use on Samsung Note devices -- but won't do ink to text -- likely because OneNote on Windows platform(s) depends on OS support for that, which isn't present in Android (at least not in the same way).

12. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

As long as Microsoft uses N-Trig digitizer technology it will always be 2nd fiddle to Samsung's Note series. Why? Because Samsung uses Wacom - end of discussion.

15. FreeDraickin

Posts: 18; Member since: Jan 09, 2015

That is very subjective. As a digital artist i can assure you that N-trig works better for many of us if not all so it's not all black n white as you say.

16. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

On passive digitizers they both function equally with the nod going to N-Trig for pressure sensitivity. However, most, if not all, modern displays use active digitizers and N-Trig's palm rejection and accuracy sucks. Spatial recognition is a foreign concept to N-Trig.

18. Plutonium239

Posts: 1200; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I have never had issues with Palm rejection technology on my Surface Pro 3 and I use it to take notes all the time. The s-pen doesn't even approach the pressure sensitivity and accuracy of the Surface Pen. The s-pen is so far behind. The only thing I can appreciate about it is that the s-pen doesn't require batteries.

20. hookedontabs

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2015

I am huge ink fan. Preordered first Note phone, own all Note tablets. With that said the Note 5s lack of SD and swappable battery is a deal breaker. I just bought a Lumina 640 ($59) just to see if I could survive on Win 10 phone. This phone is listed as first wave to update from 8.1 to 10. After completing my trial I will use as mp3 player, cheaper then a Sansa Clip plus. So I will switch to MS ink able phone if I can't adapt to the OS. I am not an app junkie. But Photos hop express and One Note and basic apps would fill my needs.

21. hookedontabs

Posts: 2; Member since: Oct 23, 2015

I am huge ink fan. Preordered first Note phone, own all Note tablets. With that said the Note 5s lack of SD and swappable battery is a deal breaker. I just bought a Lumina 640 ($59) just to see if I could survive on Win 10 phone. This phone is listed as first wave to update from 8.1 to 10. After completing my trial I will use as mp3 player, cheaper then a Sansa Clip plus. So I will switch to MS ink able phone if I can't adapt to the OS. I am not an app junkie. But Photos hop express and One Note and basic apps would fill my needs.

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