Ever since the Lumia 950 and 950 XL were unveiled, or even before that, it was crystal clear Continuum support would be an integral part of the Windows 10 “universal” user experience. The Display Dock is an ingenious, one-of-a-kind accessory that allows you to seamlessly turn your apparently basic phones into full-fledged PCs by connecting them to external monitors, keyboards, and mice like it’s nothing.
The beauty of it is the two Lumias remain functional as voice call-capable handhelds despite their internals being needed to power the 60 fps refresh rate and 1,080p output-compatible desktops. Better yet, Microsoft will let you get the dock for free in the UK and Germany with early 950 XL purchases.
Meanwhile, it’s set to cost $99 stateside, and down the line, the “peripheral” should be able to pull its own software updates via the Gadget app on the Lumia 950 or 950 XL. Why would the Microsoft Display Dock require over-the-air tweaks and enhancements?
Well, it’s possible Redmond plans to enable more advanced features, improve productivity and versatility of the road-opening Windows 10 Mobile flagship duo, plus whatever comes next. Or perhaps this is merely a precautionary measure in case system stability is ever harmed by the inconspicuous 230-gram box.
Finally, we could imagine Display Dock support expanded to lower-end phones, or monitors and PC accessories of the future. Any other theories, or do you want to be surprised when MS makes “Lumia computers” even better.