Microsoft really managed to put on a good show for this week’s launch event, captivating us with new hardware, software, and features, features, features. While it was great to see the new Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL finally go official, maybe even more exciting was seeing them in use with what promises to be the killer feature for Windows 10 smartphones: Continuum. With the help of a few cables and the petite Display Dock, these new Lumia phones instantly become so much more, offering a practical desktop alternative. It all looked pretty great – but what’s that all-important Display Dock going to cost you? Microsoft didn’t say at the time, and we’ve heard a lot of speculation ever since – including the possibility of some bundle deals. Today we finally get the official word on Display Dock pricing – and it’s not exactly cheap.
A Microsoft spokesperson has confirmed that the company intends to sell the Display Dock interface for just under $100. For that money you’ll get the hub and its power supply – you’ll still need to provide your own monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Some users will have those lying around, but if you’re starting fresh here, getting a full Continuum setup going threatens to be a little expensive. Oh, and don’t forget cables; you’ll need at least an HDMI or Display Port cable.
Honestly, for the functionality you’re getting, $100 may just be the bargain of the year – but we’re going to want to give Continuum a spin for ourselves before making any promises. Sales of the Display Dock should begin right around the start of Lumia 950/XL availability, sometime in November.