Nokia Lumia 950

Alleged first photo of prototype Nokia Lumia 950 revealed

We have a fairly strict policy here at Windows Phone Central when it comes to rumors (believe it or not). For the ones we stand behind or sound confident in, it’s because we know the source and can vouch for their access. Other times though, we can’t and we won’t. This is the latter case, so be forewarned.

This image above of an alleged Nokia Lumia 950 prototype landed in our email box a little while ago and included some interesting details about the supposed forthcoming device.

From our initial assessment, the phone itself looks legitimate but there are some questionable discrepancies like the Windows Phone logo/button area (more on that below), odd aliasing that's either a sign of compositing or over sharpening. And as iMore’s Rene Ritchie told us, this could be a 3D model photographed from a screen (which are notoriously hard to prove false).

Indeed, without varying angles from multiple photos, it’s hard to prove (or disprove) a digital image is authentic. Because of that, we have to cast doubt.

RUM: 5

Alleged details of the Lumia 950

The phone we’re told is called the Lumia 950 to harken back to Nokia’s N95 days—part of a nostalgia/”getting back to roots” campaign that is planned. So far, it has only been seen in black though when it comes to production we’re sure that will change.

Resolution, we’re told, is 1280x768 and there is no planned 1080P support for Windows Phone 8 in the immediate future. Our tipster notes that this is actually a good thing as the main thrust of this device is battery life, something that is backed up the usage of an AMOLED variant of the PureMotion HD panel found in the Lumia 920.

We recently saw Nokia make some advances in battery saving, specifically in the Asha 3310 revealed at Mobile World Congress. That feature phone has a standby time of 30 days, which is quite remarkable. In that sense, it makes sense that Nokia would expand that technology to its Lumia line, though that does not guarantee its truth of this device.

The camera won’t feature a 41MP sensor but it will be larger than current devices, delivering “lossless zoom”, oversampling, low-light performance and video stabilization with a Xenon flash.

It will also have 2GB of RAM and some other internals that will help “future proof” it for some time.

True or not?

Nokia Lumia 950 enhanced

It’s always hard for us tell the accuracy on these stories as we don’t have someone at Nokia that we can just call and verify (they’ll remain mum).

Indeed, the photo if fake looks quite real except for the Windows Phone Logo. But then again that is clearly a sticker, which is something we’ve seen in the past with pre-Lumia 800 prototypes. So if anything it lends a bit of credence to the image, not disproves it.

The details and specifications are evolutionary and not revolutionary (as far as we know) and that makes believing the story a lot easier than if we mentioned “holograms” or something. That of course does not guarantee its authenticity, but it is certainly a bit more likely.

We’re sure to learn more in the coming weeks as to whether or not this is accurate. For now, we caution as to its authenticity and we're giving it a "5" on our Rum'o'meter though if a few more images comes forth, we'll be sure to bump that up.


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Alleged first photo of prototype Nokia Lumia 950 revealed



Indeed, 90% of the prototype images that we have run (and that have turned out to be accurate), the majority of our readers slam as being ugly. They then fall in love with the finished product, colors and marketing.

Lesson? I don't judge these devices on their current development status.Neither should anyone else.

I still find the 822 to be ugly, and I'm sure that I'm not the only one :P It seems like everything Verizon touches get's ruined. Hopefully that doesn't happen to the 928 ;)

i agree 822 is ugly, and this prototype is super ugly if you ask me. even 820 (yes i dont like how it looks like) looks better than this

Have to be that guy and disagree with you all, I find the device very "professional" and attractive. Same goes for the 822.
Actually if you look closely you can see a resemblance to Surface devices. Note the borders.

I have the 822 and I love it. The size is just right. The screen is excellent. One of the coolest things about it is that you can have the wireless charging cover installed and still use standard case covers without having to remove them.

The 822 is hardly stylish and yes I own one. It is a basic and boring slab which would actually be fine if it wasn't also a useless piece of garbage.

If it's "a useless piece of garbage", you should return or sell it or something. Can't see why you continue to hold on to it.

exactly what I thought. If I had red 822,I would've got it over my red 8x when I bought it last December.

I have a 920 and love it but a friend of mine has the 822. I've played around with it and its a pretty good phone and looks much better in person.

I'm going to take this, if real, as being synonymous with those spy shots of upcoming cars/trucks. Usually the cars are camouflaged with some kind of seriously butt-ugly exterior. Lets hope and pray (hard) this shot is a case in point.

oh, and I don't know about the whole "getting back to roots campaign". Nokia needs to take from the past what worked and leave the rest behind. They were able to throw a lot of crap up on the wall and see if it stuck when they were king of the hill. Truly some design and ergonomic fails. They now seem to have a design team with a critical eye towards style so I say leave. The N95 was nice for what it was, but that design philosophy, IMO, won't fly today. Samsung has the market cornered on crap (crap seems to sell) and Apple has their design philosophy. Nokia has been taking steps forward in the right design direction, so I really hope we don't see them "going back to their roots"

I loved being able to throw my nokia against the wall back in the day. And have it run all week in one go. Im sporting a lumia 820 now, which is actually quite resilient. It has survived multiple drops and crashes. Will hold out with this one for the 8.1 update. 

It looks like the 810/820, both of which are ugly. The 810 is by far the uglier and boxier of the two, probably the ugliest Nokia phone around. I don't know if there is more than one prototype stage, but judging from the countless prototypes I've seen from other manufacturers, clearly the overall design has already been decided for this phone and the 810/820 already makes a strong case that Nokia is willing to use prototype looking hardware as their final design. I was in utter disbelief when they first trotted out the 810/820 and now Nokia has gone even bolder by allowing this prototype design to invade the 9xx series. Lets just hope this design language does not affect the 928 or the future Lumia 920 successor or 1000 EOS. God hope, if this really is the 950, its not the true successor to the 920...

My question, is why would the 9xx series, the flagship series, move towards the design of the new budget nokia phones? That is why would they move to a flat display, when a major design point of the 800 and 920 is a curved glass display? I'm not doubting that this may be a prototype, but possibly for a mid to high end replacement for the 820. Looks very similar to 520 as well.

Actually, WPCentral posted an article about the 520 a little bit ago - and they're like twins separated at birth. No way I can imagine that Nokia would create a 9xx series phone that looks like a 5xx series phone. That would devalue their premium offering.

It looks like that proto device that Joe belfiore had awhile ago when they first introduced wp8 last year...

When pictures of 920 prototype leaked, people hated the guts of it. And now look at it.. It's officially the most desirable phone of the year.

Really? I don't recall that, but then I liked it since it looked to be a big L800/N9 with the curved screen. That colour it was in wasn't too crash hot though.

Yes it's the same like my Omnia7. Unfortunately I'm still using but soon I will pick something from Lumia range.

I hope it does have a physical button....  just so it can act as a defacto power button.  I hate how most phones power button is on the side or top and then you have to move your finger to swipe up to unlock.

Why? Prototypes, especially early ones, usually have only the internals of the finished product. Appearance would change later.

Why would they have a sticker with a Microsoft logo on it rather than a Windows logo? Is that what they have done in the past? we know its rectangular

btw why 950 not 930 or thus their naming cycle will end in 2 years around when their contract ends with MS.....interesting bwahahaha

Once again as I point out in the article, that's not a physical button but a sticker/placeholder. See the Lumia Stingray aka 800 for reference.

It looks like a Samsung Omnia 7 with a big sticker covering the physical Windows button present on the aforementioned device.

I bet it's a sticker. I wish Dan would clear that up. I've seen stickers before, and that looks like one of them stickers. Dan any word on the massive sticker controversy?

Those specs are pretty much what anyone would expect MS to do. But here's a question that would tell you if they really knew any of the true details. What kind of processor will it come with. Will Nokia/MS use the S4 Pro of this generation until next year, the 600 or the 800. Nokia could roll out a 3X lossless zoom before they combine it with low light OIS, but basically we all expect them to have an 808 replacement and a smaller 20MP sensor High end phone to combat the S4 and iPhone 5S next anyway

I hope this is not the final product but as it states its a prototype so its not finnished if this is a true im guessing its the windows 9 upgrade Samdung prepare to get your arse kicked yet again!

I love the physical button.  Find that the capacitive ones are far too easy to touch.  It could act as the power button too.. iPhone like.
Looks like a mix of phones, but that's not suprising given that phones are basically all rectangular with screen on the front and buttons below. looks like the prototype Joe Belfiore used to demo WP8. Don't you think so? Boxy,sharp and ugly.

looks like the nokia 810 aka "The Sandwich".. lol i'm sure this design will go through various different stages before it's released. that is, if it's real.

The home button at the bottom looks horrible. How could this be legit, at least from Nokia? The physical button looks more like something Samsung would do, but not Nokia. Nokia is known for building quality.
EDIT -- Whoops, now I see that Daniel said it was just a sticker. It looks nice other than that.

I would love to have physical home button so badly to wake the phone instead of the power button!, or if they going to implements double-tap to wake up :D then no thx :p

As long as it's available for T-Mobile Tired of waiting for a flagship Nokia device or at least the unlock codes officially from AT&T. I'm fine if we never get a flagship but at least make it unlockable so we can enjoy it too. Thanks.

The features sound nice. Adding a Xenon flash seems like a serious improvement from what I've seen. I don't care about most of the other features - my 900 does the job fine on those, but photography improvements are at the top of my list. I'd prefer they stick with the 800/900/920 design. Let's hope whatever they offer in November is available in red.

Why would they put a sticker over the "home" button but have "back" and "search" buttons on the device already? Used the WP7 'flag'?  Something else?  Odd.

But... overall, looks 'okay', but not as striking right now.  But as mentioned, it's a prototype (if legit).

I actually like it.  I love my 920 but I would be a little disappointed if they made exactly the same shell in a new device.  I like to see the progression.  Though this isn't a final, obviously, i'd be ok if it was. I have to agree on the reduction of the bezel however.  Huge bezels are completely pointless.

Why the hell is the bezel at the bottom so fat? Why can't they make the bezel to be the same size as the one on top?

the one thing I know is that if its real it's not being developed for verizon. They like more rounded corners so I dont think this would be the rumored 928

Am I the only one that likes a real home button? Granted not like the 950 or ATIV S but it's nice to be able to use it without using the sleep button.

Why a sticker on the Start button? Is the device turned on or off? What does the screen show? A boot screen? Without Nokia logo? Or is it just an image? Well either way the soft keys lights should be on if the device is on. And the Nokia logo is not in the middle and the perspective is wrong.
Oh an this design! Just terrible.

Nothing wrong with it, but the 920 is nicer looking, so I don't see this being real. Maybe an early protype, but most likely fake. And would it really say "LUMIA 950" when booting? More fakery I feel.


Did they say anything about screen size, pixel density, or mm thickness? Sorry if I missed this info somewhere in the article.

i want this to be fake because i love 920 and i love it more because its a flagship and all the attention goes to the flagship and it feels good to own a i didnt want this to be true

This will not be it because it looks worse then 920, HTC make best designed phones, Nokia will do better then this I am sure. But this image also sucks

It's fake. Looks like a 720 without the shell. If you look closely you can see the round buttons for the volume, lock and camera buttons..

Not only that, but the volume buttons on current Nokia phones are unibody rocker switches... there are not two distinct buttons.  So that reinforces your comment that those reddish bumps on the right side are actually the pickups from beneath the case.
Probably why the photographer softened the image some...

I noticed something which in my eyes shows this is a fake. 
The reflection in the screen. If you look carefully, you can see that at the very bottom of the device, below the home button/sticker, the reflection (of whatever it's supposed to be, a window?) goes past the edge of the device. The shadow under the edge shouldn't reflect anything, should it? 

I thought the same thing, until I realized that it was the corner of the "WPCentral" watermark that was superimposed on top.

It also was fishy because it was sharper than most of the rest of the image, but then I caught on. :)

No 1080p? Give the option MS so OEMs have some interest. Otherwise WP is all Nokia and flooded Androids. Remember the movie 300? Yeah they were all tough. At though end, they all died! Got no backup.

Hopefully this is far from the final. I really dig the rounded sides on the 920 and what really makes it stand out from other devices. Would hate to see that detail lost

If this is real, is it too much to hope that Nokia will not do more ATT exclusives? Put your flagship device on every carrier or I can't continue to be a WP customer.  
My 7.5 GB sitting in Other while Lumia's have an app to fix it is proof that HTC's WP devices are not supported and I'm not paying money to ATT. 

smart phones should never get the "getting back to roots" treatment. If this ends up being close to a finished product then it looks like most phones out there. if Nokia is looking back for inspiration that tells me they have no real vision for the next lumina phones.

I am about a micron away from dumping my hopes for a competent Windows phone.  It is driving me insane that Microsoft, a company whose head is so far up their butt that they arrive embarrasingly late to the mobile phone game, shaft their followers by putting out a non-upgradeable WP version (7), then embarrass themselves by Windows RT, and now demonstrate to the world that they LOVE being viewed as SFBs by this:
"Resolution, we’re told, is 1280x768 and there is no planned 1080P support for Windows Phone 8 in the immediate future."
That's what I like in my phone, to be so far behind as to be a laughing stock, and then when you do show up, you only do 768.  Yeah, I like getting behind that.  Stick it to me some more MicroShaft....
You would think that a company as big as Microsoft would be ahead of the resolution game, would be ahead of the size game but nope, you'd be WRONG.
Samsung is looking better and bettter every day.  I'm really really tired of waiting for Microsoft to pull it's head out.

I also wanted a larger screen. But never-the-less, I need a larger screen as I do a lot of text work (for more text on the page/screen not for larger text - I hate constantly flipping back and for when I'm trying to read in context). And since I need a larger screen I want higher resolution.

Besides, whats wrong with wanting the best for my phone and phone company? If I get a phone with a higher resolution I at least have the option of that resolution. As it is, I'm stuck with 768.

What a funny statement... can't tell if you meant to do that.
Yes, 1080P and 720P are different... yes, that statement is undeniable.
But if the common person can't tell the difference on 20 - 30 inch televisions, how are they seeing the difference on 4 - 5 inch smartphone screens?   Even with your eyeball pressed up against the display, you wouldn't notice.

What "common" people are you hangin with? It is EASY to tell the difference between 1080 and 720 on a 30" screen....and people can tell the difference on smart phones too.

I'm going to kindly disagree. You believe what you want man. No one here is trying to hurt you or lead you wrong.

wellll I use a 24 inch monitor and it's really easy to tell apart 720p from 1080p. But then, chances are I'm probably closer to it than if I were watching TV. On the other hand with phones, I can't say. But from my limited experience from handling phones at Verizon and AT&T stores, it's hard for me to tell a difference between SD and 720p screens.

Dude, I have 3 tvs at home right this very minute.  One an old tube tv.  The other two: 1080p and a 720.  I can stand 60 feet away and tell the difference between the two.  You can't argue with a guy who's got the two resolutions right in front of him man.  TWO TVs!  One a 720 and the other a 1080p...VAST difference.  Oh, btw one is 32" the other 36".  I can stand right in front of the 720 and be 30 feet from the 1080p and still tell the difference.

You ever think of writing copy?

Windows Phone - The Adequate Platform

Windows Phone - Good Enough

Windows Phone - Last Year's Tech, Bet You Can't Tell

Yeah, no. 1080p or bust.

If putting 1080p is possible on a smartphone, why not have it? Just do it! Gives OEMs incentive and encouragement to produce WP. This is a roadblock for HTC.

Besides, how can MS say it wants to compete, when you compare specs the best you see MS have is 768? How is that competing. And it really sounds lame when MS says, yeah but we got tech that makes 768 look almost as good as 1080. That might as well scream "I'm sellin' the Yugo of smartphones over here"

The problem with that argument is that 1080P isn't a free lunch, even I wouldn't mind it on a high end phone I was buying if it had no drawbacks since I like ridiculous specs on my gear.  But unfortunately it means double the number of pixels to update and a lot more CPU/GPU processing and ram accessing (with all those higher res elements to move in and out of ram).
Given the choice between a couple of hours extra active battery life with 720P and 1080P I would choose the former, and I'm probably being kind with the couple of hours difference.

It's not fair to compare the resolutions on WP8 which are availlable in the market right now with phones that came later or are not yet available for purchase(Galaxy S 4). When WP8 launched for sale 720p was the acceptable maximum in the industry.

Article says " immediate future." meaning the waiting game again by MS. Time fly's by fast as 1080p has already gained traction. Every OEM has some 1080p Android phone. Not MS. Though I'm sure they have no choice but to play the game, but sadly slow.

It's not MS that makes that device is Nokia. Not every OEMs have 1080p phones on android. Samsung, HTC, LG are currently the only one so that's 3 OEMs.
And 1080p is for ppi. ppi is also dependable on the screen size. So unless the device sports a 5'' or at least a 4.8'' there is nothing to be gained from a 1080p display, huawei, zte, etc. In todays tech, there's lots to gain. Android the culprit in the mobile tech bs. MS don't have a choice. Play the game or lose. Why do I keep saying MS, they hold the key to unlock the 1080p feature.

That's true and if OEMs whant to make a 1080p MS will update it's api to make use of that resolution. But a phone takes 6 month to be designed so I'm sure MS will not oppose to update the SDK on a 6 month basis just to unlock the resolution for 1080p

HTC asked them to do that in order to make a big screen 1080p device.  They publicly expressed frustration with the situation.  It was several months ago.  MS has not done it yet. 

I'm not aware of this. I find it strange that considering they launched a flagship in november they would dump it in less than 6 month to go for a higher resolution device.

There were several articles mid-december about it and Bloomberg reported on it, picked up by CNET, wmpower user and some other sites. 
They wanted to begin work on a 5inch phone, but dumped it when they were told OS would not support 1080p.  I imagine they would like to use a lot of the same ingredients that go into their android flagship, so having identical screens would help implement.  
I assume these things take almost a year to design, build and ship, so it makes perfect sense that this report in December came on the heels of the november 8x release.  

Yes I read those articles. That is why I dont know what to say about that. Because a 6 month update to the SDK for a new resolution is not that absurd. So I don't know if this was an articles about talks before they launched 8x or after. But I believe that the 1080p resultion will be released in september-october. So maybe we could see phablets with windows phone on them

Needs got nothing to do with it.  The technology is there and people want it.  
We don't "need" smartphones to begin with, but I want every last drop of tech in mine.  More cores, faster processors, higher resolution, longer battery life, more ram, thinner, lighter.  
If WP is the "good enough" platform, I don't think its for me.  

I feel a little ashamed of WP. Yet I just can't move to another platform. Why? Look at all if them, they're all clones of ios. All the same grid layout. Nothing amazing or special. I guess I'm Stuck with a "turtle."

Yes pretty indeed but there are other unique features that makes WP standout: simplicity, ease of use, SkyDrive, office mobile, live tiles, fb and Skype integration, overall plain simplicity and beauty.

Maybe this is the new Verizon  phone....dam, I might stick with the 8x if that is it, it sure is ugly.....
Wish news would hit on the "928" or what ever it's going to be called...

It might just be me, but I'd be perfectly fine with that screen resolution so long as the cameras are shooting 1080p. I'm sick of these devices having gorgeous pictures on a tiny screen, but put it up on your family TV/desktop computer monitor and it's either heavily framed or blurry. If I take a picture and I want to use it as my desktop's background, I don't want it to be the slighest bit blurred. You can tell pretty easily what photos on my computer were taken with my 710 and what were taken with my old Fuji J100 or our newer Nikon (don't remember the model). Of course, without looking at image properities, you can't tell between the two digital cameras. I'm not a camera snob, but I hate blurry images and blurry videos.

So fake. First of all that home button is not Nokia's design M.O. Second, that "Lumia 950" lable screams "trying too hard."

Nope...the button is clearly a sticker with incorrect (square) logo shape instead of current trend of quadrilateral form ; two cents ;)

Looking at the device now I'm thinking its the Catwalk model, because the whole point of that device seems to be producing something extremely thin and as small as possible (for the size), they've reduced the bezel down to the minimum possible. 
The 2Gb is odd, but perhaps if it is the catwalk its supposed to still be current when the next wave of WP9 devices get released so they wanted to give it the same ram size.
I'm very much doubting it will be a AMOLED unless they can get a different source from Samsung since a lot of manufactuers seem keen to get shot of them as a supplier.
An interesting rumour though.

you can debate 1080 vs 720 and if it has a place on a 4.5-5 inch screen. but people will go with the up to date specs. its something nokia and ms just arent getting.

Completely agree.  I want the best money can buy.  I want a flagship device with specs that match or exceed the Galaxy S IV with the WP OS.  And I want it on VZ or TMo, I don't want to switch carriers.  I want features, and light weight and state of the art, the highest resolution on the market, the most ram, the most cores, the fastest benchmarking results.  Good enough is not good enough.  1080p is going to be a year old in tech by the time Nokia unleashes their...768 screen?  Yeah, no.  Every review will mock it, and mock the OS for not supporting the current market standards.  

Disagree.  I am a current Android RAZR user (waiting for contract to expire and 928 before getting on WP8).  This is my second android device.  They are both terrible and frustrating devices to use.  Sometimes when my phone ring, I try to slide the icon to answer and it doesnt respond to my finger.  I cant pick up the phone.  I sometimes wait 10-15 seconds for an app to load.  I recently updated to the latest version (ice cream sandwich or whatever it is version 4.1) and thought it would get better.  It is much worse. 
I am never going back to Android--I dont care the specs.  WP8 most likely will be next, but I am not opposed to iOS or even the new BB which is pretty cool.

Looks ugly and heavy looking. Make a design body like htc 8x very thin and light. Lets see if d will bad comment me.

What, you got problems with heavy chicks man? I'm tired of all these anorexic models, bro...I want someone with a little depth and somewhat profound. Eye of the beholder #LeftField =P

Is it me or does that photo looked chopped? Look closely at  the Microsoft home button, it looks like someone cut out the logo and taped it on. The Lumia 950 also looked taped on as well. I wouldn't doubt that a 950 maybe in exisitence but I think this rumor is a day too late. April 1st is passed. 

Actually like the look of it considering it's a prototype and would see some improvements. Not that the Lumia's and 8X look bad BUT I really would like something more professional looking that has that high end look.

Prototypes all look terrible, check. Few minor upgrades, check. Hardware doesn't look very exciting. Seen it already on 820 and 720 to some extent. I'm looking for then next phone.

You obviously have no standard regarding rumors and fakes. Most of what is presented as news here is rumor laden BS.  On that front, how is that 928 working out for VZW users? This supposed 950 is such an obvious fake it is embarrassing yet it draws a five for plausibility. That is a bad joke....

Clearly fake. It looks like a Black Lumia 520 photo edited to add the LUMIA 950 and the home button. The Lumia font is not what it should be. Also, the Windows logo cannot be of that shape when pictured from the right hand side of the phone. If you zoom in tight,  the pixelation around the Lumia 950 and the square around Windows icon is clearly visible which tells me this is a cut and paste job.

Look good or not (it's not) it's still not much differentiation. I would expect more from Nokia's design team but hey it's just a prototype (?). There's enough of the same design language for the Lumia line already, they need something different from here on. 

Ugly? It looks like every other phone out there. A rectangular slab with a screen. Frankly, I'm baffled by how many comments people make about how phones look. They all look the same! And then they get put in a protective case, so why so much time is spent on design is beyond me.

@Daniel: How is that button "clearly a sticker," when you acknowledge this isn't necessarily a real prototype (or even a real photograph!)

1.It's photoshopped. If you look really close at the Nokia logo and the buttons and the name, you'll see that it really is.
2. Not one sane IT company leaves it's products like that, with the name on it...

ok am I the only one who actually likes the way this device looks? I hate the curvy crap much like the 822, but I do like the rugged rectangular look of this device. It really reminds me of a 1st gen zune, I guess its kind of a nostalgia thing

I think this could quite possibly be legit.  Back in July 2012 several model numbers for upcomig Nokia products were gleemed from Nokias RDA tool. One of those numbers was the 920 which we now know to be real.  Although not a guarentee I think this gives a litle more credibility to the rumor.  Another model number on the list was the 1001, if and when it comes to market I would be interested to see what kind of device it ends up being

Kudos the WPCentral for doing there best to establish its credibility.

I seriously doubt this is real.
The quality of the image (the wooden background, the back and search keys, the edges of the device) is somewhat fuzzy and there are no visible pixels or aliasing.
However the (suspect!) logo on the Windows key and the text on the screen both show evidence of computer graphics - non-smooth edges with obvious rows of pixels. (Oh, and also those rows do not match the direction pixels on the screen would run.)
On top of that, have you ever looked at large fonts on a 1280x768 screen that size?  Fonts are smooth with no visible evidence of individual pixels or rows of pixels, much less oriented diagonally with respect to the screen.
And the sticker - which it clearly appears to be, given the different sheen and coloration - has the same pixelation. Sorry, I doubt that any sticker used would have been printed with such low resolution and a pattern of some kind that aliasing would kick in on the images.
There is a lot of "digital compression noise" around the edges of the font in mid-screen, too, something you would expect of a source that had lossy data or was of low resolution anyway.  However, none of the other areas around the image seem to have the same frequency of noise, leading me to believe that the image itself did not have significant loss, only the suspicious area mid-screen.
Plus, I have not yet seen a Lumia that professed its model number on bootup.
This isn't authoritative, but I put it down as a 8/10 as "fishy smelling."

there is no way the Nokia will release an ugly phone like that ! Nokia has always been known for there build quality , but that device is just so darn ugly , they should put a photo of that photo next to the definition of ugly in oxford dictionary 

It may be the 950, but it looks alot like 810. And the sticker reminds me of the ASUS Windows Phone 7 preproduction phones that were seen, but never sold. The ASUS phone had a beautiful gun metal looking casing, with a square windows button.

I be happy if Nokia - Microsoft created a 920 that is unlocked and contains all the GSM carrier frequencies like that of Apple's iPhone and Google's Nexus 5 smartphones.  I currently am on T-Mobile and 925 model has only 16GB without any SD Card slot!   Ugh!

I've got an 810, and I love its shape. The square sides give more to hang onto, and I rarely drop it. I always use it caseless. Very strong phone.

I'd like a future-proof phone, then I could use it for a few years. T-Mobile abandoned the 810; I'd like firmware updates for the life of my unlocked phone, thank you. I may be switching carriers...