These delicious Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) renders offer a glimpse into the future

These delicious Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) renders offer a glimpse into the future
Microsoft and Windows Phone's absence from the flagship game is well documented, and is something that CEO Satya Nadella, along with mobile chief Terry Myerson and other Redmond influencers, has promised to rectify. After incessant talk of a Lumia 940 and 940 XL, it is now strongly suspected that Microsoft's top-tier handsets will carry the Lumia 950 and 950 XL monikers instead. That being a largely irrelevant side-story, we do know quite a bit about the Lumia 950, codenamed Talkman, and the XL edition, referred to internally as Cityman. 

The latter will assume the role of phablet, with the most recent reports touting a 5.7-inch display, but much like the leak detailing the specs of the Lumia 550, 750 and 850, we cannot yet put a face to the name. The folks at Windows Central have had a go at coming up with a plausible preview of the Lumia 950 XL, and you can peep the renders below. 

Concepts are dreamed up all the time by fans, designers, blogs and so forth. Often, we're left drooling over the unrealistic dreams of hardcore fans. In this instance, though, Windows Central has considered reports, sketches, and leaked information on the device to offer an accurate representation of what's next from Microsoft. In fact, the blog ran the images by a source familiar with the matter, and said source confirmed that the renders were "like the real thing."

The report does make the point that the images have been created in-house, so they're not going to be completely accurate for now. Still, what you're seeing below is said to be pretty darned close to the real deal, and while the squarish design mightn't appeal to fans of the iPhone 6 or Samsung Galaxy S6 edge aesthetic, it's still a very nice-looking handset based upon these angles. 

Housed in polycarbonate, the Lumia 950 XL will boast a quad-HD 1440 x 2560 OLED display, 3 GB of RAM and a Snapdragon 810 processor. Despite the clear effort to keep up with the Joneses, the problematic Qualcomm chip -- which has hindered Sony, HTC and many others in recent times -- could once again deter consumers with its history of thermal woes. Additionally, at a time when even Samsung is ditching the plastic, the outer shell mightn't feel premium enough to some. But if nothing else, one can stake good money that the 20-megpixel PureView shooter -- inclusive of triple LED flash -- will be top notch. 

Have a look at the renders below, and let us know what you make of the Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) via the comments. 

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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)

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45 Comments

1. killerpollo

Posts: 89; Member since: May 15, 2015

Good thing the adjective "delicious" is a subjective one. Just think about those sharp corners all over the device!, this render screams ergonomic failure all over the place. Design is more than looks.

11. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Ergonomics itself can be subjective. While rounded is sometimes easier on the palms, it can also be easier to drop when the device is thin. Take the iPhone 6 for example; extremely thin and rounded, quite difficult to hold in my opinion. Flat edges provide a much better surface for my fingers to grip. Additionally, for people like me, camera usability factors into ergonomics. As with my current boxy phone, I should be able to stand this 950 on its sides to take very still shots. This is almost as important to me as comfort in hand, and MS can certainly succeed in both comfort and flat edges as they did with the Lumia 928.

26. Ashoaib

Posts: 3269; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

Wow, its a beautiful phone... this is what which is called premium device... now again I am confused to choose Note 5 or lumia 940? PA think that aluminium iphone and glass S6 are premium and lumia may not apease the taste of fans. Well, I am a samsung fan and lumia 940 is catching my attention. PA or someone need to hold lumia in their hand for a while, then they will see that the quality and premiumness is speaking for itself... I read some where a week ago that if microsoft will use the same poly carbonate which they used to use then it will cost them more, so they should go for aluminium body to keep cost lower. Otherwise production cost will increase and it is not a good time to price Lumia 940 equally or higher than the competition

42. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

It will be worth more than the competition as it is more capable. The polycarbonate is a better choice, it doesn't scratch like aluminum and it doesn't dent like aluminum can when dropped. And interferes with RF less. Its more premium than aluminum in my opinion. I wouldn't even want aluminum on the edges(because it wouldn't hold up well if dropped).

44. Penny

Posts: 1844; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Hey! Yeah I'm in a similar boat, waiting for this and the Note 5 to come out so I can compare and make a decision. This will be a tough one.

2. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I'm really disappointed they won't be made of metal. It would have been really nice if they were. Instead, we get the usual starbursts.

4. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

I'm happy they aren't made of metal.. Why would you want that ??

8. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

Because polycarbonate is horrible. It feels cheep, it looks cheep, and I'm no longer paying $600 for plastic. I've owned two polycarbonate Lumias, and they don't even compare to my metal M8.

14. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

What exacly is feeling "cheap" and looking "cheap" ? (because what i see is people calling cheap to anything made of plastic , without any reason ... plastic = cheap , no matter what ; and aluminium = high quality) Not sure what Lumias you owned, but my 735 feels sturdy and has silky smooth touch ; better than any aluminium phone... And not sure you know, but Polycarbonate is more expensive than aluminium...

15. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

No to mention its Polycarbonate is a lot better for the job ; more durable, impact resistant, no rf interference, and so on ... Most people simply have the ilusion in their heads that metals are somehow "the best", "premium" or whatever ...

40. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Apple has sold that idea... and is fake, my lumia 830 is beautiful, aluminium body, yes, but polycarbonate back and is fantastic the soft touch of nokia/MS products ;)

18. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

polycarbonate and metal combo is best, like lumia 925 and 930

36. cezarmed2

Posts: 71; Member since: Jul 22, 2014

Polycarbonate is actually more expensive than aluminium. Imagine that. Taking into account the SD 810 on board I think it is a smart choice the Polycarbonate because it dissipates the heat faster. Nonetheless I would prefer a metal frame.

37. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The opposite polycarbonate keep the heat more but it doesn't feel hot and that's what makes this phone better with 810 and the XL is larger than many phones which use 810.

39. mildorzalost

Posts: 143; Member since: Jun 03, 2014

Polycarbonate if lumias feels very very good on hand, very premium, even so, these are just leaks... final product could be made of magnesium like surfaces

3. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

i just wish they weren't as blocky and chunky like the 930, otherwise this is bada$$

5. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Samsung's plastic felt and looked cheap unlike poly-carbonate. I would rather have the poly-carbonate body because it has less RF interference than a metal body. And poly-carbonate will not accumulate scratches like a metal body would either. What is the point of a flagship device's beauty if you have to hide it under a case to protect it from scratches?

12. Clars123

Posts: 1075; Member since: Mar 16, 2015

you do know that poly carbonate IS a type of plastic right?

16. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Right, but it is a different plastic than Samsung's. It is more durable and interferes with RF less than a metal such as aluminum would. And it is more expensive than aluminum. I would not want one made out of cheap aluminum.

6. realjjj

Posts: 375; Member since: Jan 28, 2014

Designed in Minecraft, built with Lego?

7. carlemillward unregistered

Loks too toy-like, especially for a flagship which is targeted to adults.

13. fyahking

Posts: 1146; Member since: Jan 28, 2015

I think you are talking about the itoy.

9. Furbal unregistered

Yes please

10. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

The Continuum feature on Windows 10 and these devices looks really promising. I think MS is picking up where Moto left off with the Atrix1/2. Hopefully they do it right. Dock you phone and b@mm there is your desktop.

19. jojon

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

yessir, i'm all in, i cannot wait

43. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

They aren't picking up where Motorola left off as Android is kinda pointless scaled up to that size. And it required a special expensive laptop looking dock. Windows 10 Mobile scaled up will actually be useful because the office apps will scale up and behave just as they would on full windows 10.

17. yolochi

Posts: 51; Member since: Feb 03, 2013

Oh look at that, the Surface Phone. not the lumia one

20. Paximos

Posts: 282; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

mightn't x 2 = LOL

21. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

I actually hope they continue with polycarbonate. It's lighter, sturdier and more resistant to scratches, not to mention the colors. What people see in aluminium I'll never understand.

22. jojon

Posts: 426; Member since: Feb 11, 2014

yep, they are sharp and classy

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