Posts tagged with: Lumia 950
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    The uncertainty around Microsoft’s troubled Lumia smartphone family, as well as the Windows Mobile ecosystem on the whole (or whatever’s left of it), deepens, with 550, 650, 950 and 950 XL stock reportedly on the verge of worldwide depletion, production likely halted, and upgrades nowhere on the horizon. That’s right, it appears the just-rumored December termination date may have been a tad optimistic, since we’re now hearing that over on British shores Redmond can no longer hook up Lumia 950 XL buyers with replacement devices for faulty original copies. Credible sources suggest ...

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    Microsoft has left rumors to fester on its commitment not only to its mobile software platform, but its mobile hardware line as well. As Lumia devices take a tumble in the price ladder and only Surface all-in-one PCs on the docket for launch next month, we figure this rumor would've come sooner. An anonymous source from Microsoft told WinBeta that it is preparing to "end sales" of the Lumia 550, Lumia 650, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL in December. Those are all the smartphones that Microsoft is currently offering. Whether that means production or actual sales, we're not sure what to ...

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    The Lumia 950 started life at the Microsoft Store in the UK at £449.99. Even with Brexit killing the Pound Sterling's buying power, discounts have been cascading upon the phone as its popular reception chilled from cool to freezing. After dropping to £289 last month, the SIM-free Lumia 950 is now some 45 percent off its original price at an even £249. The price looks to be a permanent one, at least as permanent as the price justification. Over in the states, the Lumia 950 has seen a temporary 10 percent chop in cost to $359.10. If you buy either the 950 or the 950 XL from the ...

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    Last week, unlocked Windows 10 Mobile phones got the Anniversary Update. This week, the carriers' phones get their turn. It started with AT&T's Lumia 950 today getting the update to 14393.67. There's no new firmware for the double-tap to wake feature, but it's still the Anniversary Update. Whether or not you're in for the same disappointment elsewhere is to be determined. AT&T hasn't officially listed the update on its device support page for the Lumia 950, but check your settings throughout the week for the update. Via: Windows Central

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    This might be a little hard to remember, what with all the recent and semi-recent price cuts and bundle deals on both the Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL from the Redmond-based tech giant and various third-party retailers, but the lowest the jumbo-sized variant was ever sold at is $500, display dock included. The manufacturer’s official US e-store has just made the $499 price tag a permanent thing, no longer however throwing in a free Continuum-enabling accessory. Not exactly a steal, considering Windows 10 Mobile’s very slow evolution and deadlocked expansion, as well as ...

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    Same great(?) taste, new lower price! Microsoft has done it once for the Lumia 950, it might as well do it again and tow the Lumia 950 XL along with it. It is about nine months post-release after all and AT&T has gotten pretty impatient. The Lumia 950 is now permanently $399, a $150 drop from its second price of $549. The Lumia 950 XL has made a similar slide to $499. With no indication that a Surface Phone is in the nearing, Microsoft might be forced to keep these coldcake phones on its selling roster along with the mid-range Lumia 650. Speaking of, that phone also has a discount, ...

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    Finland's own Mozo is in the business of producing back covers, mostly for Windows Phone and Windows 10 Mobile devices. Sure, it does the odd iPhone case, but the Lumias (and mentions of Nokia) that pop up on the device list are just overwhelming. But Mozo confirmed to theWINdoze that it's had to cut back on some of its more vibrantly-colored polycarbonate covers based on "the recent Microsoft news". Yep, even the Nokia-esque covers are dying out in favor of the fancier leather and wooden covers and sleeves for Surface tablets. Poor sales along with cutbacks and consolidation regarding ...

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    Windows 10 is getting updated as it has passed on its first year of release. Windows 10 Mobile? Not so much. We haven't had the luxury of figuring out when the heck the update would come until recently — and what good is covering Windows 10 around without an update planned for Windows 10 Mobile? Well, Windows Central is confirming a piece of information spotted in a tweet from the Lumia India Twitter account — the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update will start rolling out to unlocked devices on August 9. Carrier-specific devices will have to wait until August 16, courtesy of ...

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    Microsoft has cut the price of the Lumia 950 several times in its nine months of existence. At its official partner carrier, AT&T, the phone is now down to half its original tag. You can get a Lumia 950 for $298.99 or $9.97 a month on AT&T Next (30 months). That's $100 off the current price of an unlocked phone at Microsoft. Whether that gap will mean anything to you between getting it on AT&T or getting it on T-Mobile or any other GSM network... well, it's up to you. We remind you that, even for a short period, this is the carrier that sold the Lumia 1520 at its full price ...

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    As if to prove beyond the shadow of a doubt the beastly HP Elite x3 isn’t worth $1,000 (or even $800), Microsoft has just outdone itself with the latest North America-only Lumia 950/950 XL yard sale. We won’t get into all the ways the Windows 10 Mobile-running 5.2/5.7-inch duo is inferior to the Snapdragon 820-powered Elite x3 (well, there’s one), but it’s pretty obvious the former two models are stellar bargains at $400 and $450 respectively. That’s down from their extravagant list prices of $550 and $650 in unlocked configurations, and to further sweeten the deals, Redmond ...

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    It certainly was both odd and ominous to see Microsoft tight-lipped about the box-office scores of its flagging Lumia roster for the April – June timeframe in an otherwise comprehensive full fiscal 2016 report. After all, in sickness and in health (mostly sickness recently), for better or worse (primarily worse), the Redmond-based tech giant always released those numbers, and so did Nokia before it. But it’s not like it went the whole nine yards to keep the latest Windows Phone decline under wraps either, with yesterday’s Form 10-K filing including the July 2015 – June 2016 grand ...

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    Is it still worth even thinking about buying the Lumia 950 or the Lumia 950 XL at this point? Or might you be interested in a Surface Phone? Whatever the case, Microsoft's still re-offering this deal to the US and Canada anyway, so you might as well take heed and think about it. If you decide to get a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL from the Microsoft Store for $649 (or $849 up north), you'll get a black Lumia 950 for free. Both devices are unlocked and set for your local GSM networks. The deal is good until June 27 or next Monday. To maximize the savings, you can get a free year of Office 365 ...

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    Is it already too late for the first ever Windows 10 Mobile flagships to break the flagging OS into the mainstream scene? It sure seems like it, and it certainly doesn’t help that Microsoft’s software focus is directed elsewhere, and the high-end Lumia device family might as well be dead, with a business-centric Surface Phone the only Lumia 950/950 XL “sequel” you can probably root for. That being said, the next few months will likely see 950-series pricing absolutely collapse, starting today with a $150 XL discount offered stateside and up north. Don’t pay any attention to the ...

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    Microsoft hasn't managed to inspire much confidence of late in the mobile market. Six months ago we reviewed the newest Lumia flagship. It was an interesting phone, running the earliest builds of Windows 10 for mobile, and packed a few neat tricks like an iris scanner to unlock the device. Plus you could count on the Zeiss branded camera to produce solid photos and videos. Unfortunately, the phone suffered from bland design, and buggy software. While we could handily recommend it to fans of Live Tiles, people willing to travel the BETA software journey with Microsoft, it was more difficult ...

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    Some lucky people were able to snag some free goodies with the purchase of a then-new Lumia 950 XL. As short-lived as those promotions were and for how little we knew about the phones then, snagging some Continuum with your new Windows 10 Mobile device was pretty nifty. Well, if you're a Briton still thinking about getting either a Lumia 950 or 950 XL, you should probably take action anytime tomorrow or through June 30. Afterward, you can take advantage of a promo code for a free Microsoft Display Dock, worth £79.99. You can access the offer on the Lumia Offers app — an app almost ...

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    You could play whack-a-mole with the number of buy-one-get-one-free deals the carriers are pulling off these days. But that AT&T, though. Yeah, it's got everyone beat right now with the number of phones available for the BOGO-ing. Just watch out for what you need to do to get in the door with this deal. So, here's the skinny: New customers will need to get at least two lines while existing customers will need to add a line. Customers must buy two phones from the same manufacturer. Both phones have to be paid through installment plans, but the free one (we suppose the one worth less ...

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    We've been watching some of these partnerships for years, and other collaborations are new territory for consumers. Phone manufacturers can generate a lot of buzz and generate some healthy headlines when announcing a partnership with a camera company. It's exciting to see a fancy new label printed on the back of our phones, highlighting a photography reputation designed to impress us. A logo is slapped on the side of the box. Companies deliver press releases, but when actually using the fruits of those partnerships, do consumers actually benefit from these licensing deals? Do we really get ...

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    Are you a hapless Lumia owner? Disappointed by Microsoft on how it's handled software for its latest flagships? Disappointed at the darn flagship hardware? Well, we might not be able to do much for you for the first two, but Mozo can definitely help out on the last one. The Microsoft store now has the Finnish craftsmaker's cognac (or "Brown" as the outlet inelegantly puts it) leather back cover for the Lumia 950 XL, the black leather cover for the Lumia 950 and two covers for the Lumia 550 — one is a flip cover with a leather-style finish while the other is a cyan rubberized cover. The ...

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    Double tap to wake. LG's done it. So has HTC. Several others, too. It's faster and doesn't need as much effort as pressing a button. Previous Nokia Lumias have this feature — particularly talking about the pre-Windows 10 Mobile handsets. It's not on the Lumia 950. Neither on the Lumia 950 XL. So, when Microsoft's Gabriel Aul, who was promoting progress on a debug effort, answers a tweet requesting the double tap feature on the Lumia 950 XL as such: @RayVanEe Double tap on 950 is a common request, upvote it in Feedback Hub! — Gabriel Aul (@GabeAul) April 29, 2016 ... it attracted scorn ...

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    Microsoft has declared time and time again of late its commitment to the mobile iteration of Windows 10, but the very fact such assertions are needed while the current focus is clearly directed elsewhere suggests the platform may simply not be relevant enough to all of a sudden switch to growth next year. Yes, it’s only next year that Redmond intends to invest precious new resources in both W10M hardware and software, with the oft-rumored, practically mythical Surface Phone likely to finally break cover in April 2017, alongside a major Redstone 2 OS update centered around mobile ...

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    Just how bad are things going for Windows-powered smartphone sales in general and Microsoft’s latest Lumia flagships in particular? So bad that a recent survey of the US mobile market has shown dumb phones beating the 950 and 950 XL’s clique in Q1 2016 activations. With Redmond’s focus aimed in other directions, the platform may seem doomed, but if affordability kept the spark of hope alive all this time, you’re about to be made an offer you can’t refuse. In fact, the ultimate Lumia 950/950 XL deal is already up for grabs up north, while the US is left waiting for a sign. The ...

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    It's rare that a smartphone is so defined by an accessory, especially a third-party one, but when we saw Microsoft showing off the new Lumia 950 and 950 XL at those phones' launch event alongside their custom leather Mozo covers, we knew we were looking at something special. Indeed, while you'll find plenty of criticism about the design Microsoft went with for its Windows 10 Mobile flagship models, it's almost like those objections vanish when we wrap one of those phones in Mozo's smart-looking leather shell. Now the case maker's planning to give 950/XL users even more options for sprucing ...

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    Update: The podcast will be on your podcatchers starting at 3am Eastern on April 16. Enjoy! The HTC 10 is taking the Android world by storm. Can this one phone turn the tides for HTC? Our LG G5 coverage is in full swing, and everything you want to know about this phone will be answered. Lastly, another "backdoor" encryption bill is headed to congress, what might this mean for consumer tech? We've been hard at work covering news stories and producing the next generation of phone reviews. We recently started a new series of videos delving deeper into camera performance and phone comparisons, ...

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    No one likes getting left behind the the tide of progress, but that's exactly what happened for a large number of Windows Phone users last month as Microsoft finally released its Windows 10 Mobile updates for existing smartphones. Despite the large number of models supported over the course of the prior year through the company's Insider testing program, the public W10M update only delivered updates for a fraction of those handsets – and Microsoft would soon confirm that there was no second wave of updates coming to bring Windows 10 Mobile to additional handsets. What are you supposed to ...

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    2016 is off to a fantastic start for smartphone photographers. While we're prepping to review the LG G5, let's compare the current top shooters for each ecosystem. The Galaxy S7 is the new kid on the block. The iPhone 6S is Apple's current flagship, but we can expect the new iPhone SE to perform similarly. We're also throwing in the the megapixel monster Lumia 950. All three are poised to do battle! This trio represents the smaller sized flagship from each respective company. All three shoot native 4:3 aspect ratio frames. The iPhone and Galaxy both have 12MP sensors, while the Lumia saves ...

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