Hands on with the engineering handset that helped build Windows 10 Mobile

Back when Windows 10 Mobile first started development, fans were super excited for what the future held for Windows 10 in your pocket. Believe it or not, Microsoft had high hopes for Windows 10 on phones when it first started working on the platform. Unfortunately, due to developers not adopting UWP fast enough, and Microsoft's rather underwhelming hardware offerings with Windows 10 Mobile, the company ended up abandoning the platform, killing any future plans for Windows 10 on smartphones.

The underwhelming Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL were a real shame, if only because internally, Microsoft was building the platform out with support for much more than what the Lumia 950 series offered. When Windows 10 Mobile development first kicked off, the Lumia 950 didn't exist, so instead Microsoft used an engineering handset called the "RX-130," an odd Frankenstein of a smartphone that incorporated different components from different Lumia handsets, and even had features that the Lumia 950 didn't.

The RX-130 has been briefly spotted in a few on-stage demos that Microsoft did back in 2015 when demoing new Windows 10 Mobile features in development, but outside of that, not much is known about the Frankenstein handset. We've managed to get out hands on an RX-130 handset, and it's not pretty.

The RX-130: What is it?

The handset, known as the RX-130 or "Hapanero" is an engineering device that Microsoft used to build and test Windows Phone 8.1 and Windows 10 Mobile builds throughout development before the Lumia 950 existed. It's not a device that Microsoft ever intended to sell, and was primarily built just for employees who needed to test and debug OS builds and features that existing Windows Phone devices didn't support at the time. Since it wasn't intended for public consumption, the design is a little ... rough.

The device features the face of a Lumia 1520 housed in a custom body, bright orange volume, lock and camera buttons, the battery from a Lumia 830, a fingerprint reader, and the camera from a Lumia 950 XL. The display is a 6-inch 2K LCD panel, with 4GB RAM and a Snapdragon 810 on the inside powering everything. It's a Lumia 1520 with a Lumia 830 battery and the camera and specifications from a Lumia 950 XL. See what I mean when I refer to it as the "Frankenstein" phone?

This is the device Microsoft used to build out features like Continuum, USB-OTG support, Windows Hello, support for the Snapdragon 810, and even pen support before the Lumia 950 was available. Although the Lumia 950 technically existed internally throughout 2015, most engineers likely wouldn't have been allowed access to those prototypes until way later into the development of the device. This is where the RX-130 came in.

The rear-facing fingerprint sensor isn't something we ever saw launch on a Lumia handset, which is a shame. The RX-130 also had support for pens, which when loaded with the correct software would work much like pen support on a normal Windows PC. In fact, early Lumia 950 prototypes also featured pen support, but this was pulled toward the end of development, as were many other features.

In fact, Microsoft also used the RX-130 to build and test support for Windows 10 Mobile on the ARM64 architecture. The Snapdragon 810 supports ARM64, and so did Windows 10 Mobile, however, Microsoft never released a handset with Windows 10 Mobile running in ARM64. Interestingly, someone was recently able to get full Windows 10 on ARM running on an RX-130, because the processor supports it.

The RX-130 is an interesting look into what Microsoft was anticipating Windows 10 Mobile to be. The engineering prototype has all the bells and whistles, many of which never actually made it into a shipping product. Unfortunately, the Lumia 950 launched with an underwhelming selection of features, and Microsoft's inability to commit to Windows 10 Mobile after 2016 was the final nail in the coffin for fans of Windows in your pocket.

Hopefully, Microsoft gives its next attempt at Windows 10 on mobile devices a proper chance. With rumors of Andromeda launching as soon as this year, it shouldn't be long before Microsoft launches its next attempt.

Zac Bowden
Senior Editor

Zac Bowden is a Senior Editor at Windows Central. Bringing you exclusive coverage into the world of Windows on PCs, tablets, phones, and more. Also an avid collector of rare Microsoft prototype devices! Keep in touch on Twitter: @zacbowden.

  • Put more salt on w10m badly wounded users...
  • I keep my 950 as a backup now. Have since switched to android full time because my work requires an app that Microsoft does not support.....thats the problem. This platform is becoming more and more irrelevant and that is a shame. Bought a Nokia 6 last year and it's a well built sturdy device. If I have to do android then it will only be Nokia for me....hopefully we will get their full range of models in the US by next year .
  • Love my 950, tried android but my brain just hurts using it. Too many steps to do anything
  • Duh microsoft can't come up with such excellent phone. The name of creator is on top of the it.
  • The exact same people made the L950 phones, so...
  • Actually the momen Microsoft took over polycarbonate was replaced with cheap, crappy plastic on ALL handsets bearing the Microsoft logo.
    Then there was the idiotic idea of putting an iris scanner on that device, that certainly was a Microsoft thing.
    Last but not least, the Windows 10 Mobile that the 950 was released with...my gosh, it couldn't even be called an operating system at that point. Don't put this on Nokia. Nokia always knew what they were doing before they gave in to the idea of "Ooooh! a CEO from MICROSOFT?! American power...gooooood!" and then BAM. A legend was put into its grave before it was dead. Teams ripped apart and talent wasted in the mobile wasteland that is Microsoft. Let's hope Nokia can get back their name's worth of modern phones, and Microsoft can pull off Andromeda this time...whatever that is. P.S. Don't anyone dare give me the "Nokia was falling anyway" argument, we all know how things would have been if Nokia released Android devices alongside Windows Phones. They certainly wouldn't have been forced to sell everything to Microsoft.
  • I don't count myself as "wounded" simply because some of the features of this engineering device didn't make it to a released handset. I see this more as a what could have been, I still love my 950XL regardless.
  • Me too, I hope my 950XL lasts for at least until the Second Coming, I would hate to have to buy an Android smartphone again to tide me over.
  • I did get an Android device but only because my 950XL is locked to EE and my contract is with O2-UK but the Android device I have just happens to be a Nokia 8 :-D
  • You didn't just unlock your 950XL?
  • Me too. Excellent device.
  • I also agree, my 950XL is still my favorite phone even though I own a Samsung S8. I carried the S8 as my primary phone for about a week until I got disgusted with the apps that run on Android.  I installed all of the same apps I ran on my windows phone on the S8, but the windows phone apps were all better than the equivalent android apps with the exception of Facebook. 
  • Same, love my 950XL, however in my opinion, the best windows phone ever has to be Nokia Lumia 1520!
  • Windows Mobile was a beautiful platform. I think with proper mangement, the platform would be #1 today, or at least on par with IOS and Android. The simple fact is if developers didn't take the lead, Microsoft could have. I miss live tiles.
  • It still is a beautiful platform.
  • Still beautiful and still use it every day on five phones 😀
  • 8.1 was even more beautiful. I just don't understand why MS can't build a quality phone today as a niche product. Build it, aim it at the corporate world and market it as a Surface Companion. Sure, they're never going to beat android but surely there's a niche space for a quality product.  
  • Well, actually that is what they are positioning the andromeda device as - for the enterprise sector.
  • How did that work out with HP and W10M? How did that strategy work for Blackberry? That is just a pre-excuse for a product you don't expect to be successful.
  • HP failed because W10M failed, because Microsoft wasn't interested in mobile. I saw it coming from miles away the moment I saw 950 and what was supposed to be the production version of W10M. Blackberry has NEVER, and I mean NEVER had the tools necessary to REMAIN relevant in the Enterprise. The comparison between Microsoft with actual Windows and the backing cloud services includin Azure, and Blackberry with their "secure" and "keyboard" is just a non-starter.
  • 8.1 wasn't just "even more beautiful". I have a 830 running W10M, and I've seen how it works. W10M is, at best, compared only to Android with its cobbled together features and lacking a soul. 8.1 as the real coninuation of 8 and 7 was in a class of its own.
  • I had to return the 950 I had bought, it had issues. (This was the replacement for the one I had to return first, which had really bad issues, like the rebooting when using the camera button.) I am down to one phone, the Alcatel Idol 4s. Garmin support is gone though, so that hurts more than anything.
  • Awesome....😘
  • Thanks for sharing Zac.
  • MS does not have a clue how much it hurt themselves by abandoning mobile. Anyone know if Nadella uses an imac instead of a windows pc? Would not surprise me, after all, if your focus is cloud why bother with windows 10, a browser is good enough.
  • Because Microsoft software isn't as good on Mac as it is on Windows (as I'd expect). My work uses Microsoft products, but of course we have a few people that incisted on using a Mac. They're always complaining about how our services don't work as well with their computers. Those users can get by, but it's not ideal.
  • Where do you get your toys?
  • Dang. They should have cleaned this up and released it, with pen support, instead of the 950XL.
  • This! Never bought the 950 XL because I didn't find it a worthy replacement for the 1520. I would have bought this one though.
  • Another one of the classic "oh how bad the 950 series was" articles. I'm on my third year with a 950 and still love it as the daily driver.
  • You'd love anything then.
  • I was using a 830 & 1520 when the 950 series was launched, so I avoided all the problems early adopters faced. It was one huge bugfest and in WC, it sounded like a huge whine-fest!! My 950XL has been with me now, just over a year, I'm quite happy with it. Amazing camera, not so amazing battery life. I find Continuum very handy at work.... 
  • You should be able to at least detect a very noticble differece in build quality compared to your 830 and 1520.
  • The key phrase is in 2016 Microsoft failed to commit to Windows 10 Mobile. Andromeda will face the same issue. It will launch, be a minority interest, sell a few and disappear.
  • As long as I'll be able to buy a new Windows powered device that lasts until the next reboot I'll be happy enough...
  • "next reboot" lmao
  • The "next reboot" if it happens and is again targeted to enterprise users?
    That would fit the generally description of insanity, trying the same thing and expecting different results. I said it time and time again, it's the consumer sector that is fueling smartphone / mobile device growth not the enterprise sector. Developers didn't embrace UWP "fast enough" because Microsoft was too busy pushing people away to ios and android as well as restricting features to the US. Tap to pay is one of them and is widely used by the younger generation. If they keep focusing on the enterprise sector, they will become irrelevant in both enterprise and consumer space.
  • Andromeda won't necessarily be a phone device to be a minority interest. It's essentially Windows 10 in your pocket, as simple as that.
  • "Pixel isn't a phone device. It is Linux in your pocket." See how dumb that argument sounds? It will backfire big time, no way Microsoft even attempts it.
  • Android is Linux in your pocket? Well, those are its roots but it is even less like Linux than MacOS is like Unix. It does sound dumb, but mainly because you're comparing an Android experience to Linux which it is very far from. Not so much with the not-Phones from current info. They will have a real Windows experience it seems.
  • Oh wow, I am very surprised by the fingerprint sensor and pen support. The idea on all of that on a Windows phone is cool!
  • Not to mention Lumia and Windows together brought a lot of new features and first technical advancements on mobile. We don't see that kind of things today, it's all just upgrades.
  • Heck, I used my 920 to do NFC payments a year or two before it was adopted even on debit/credit cards. And the look on my coworkers face when she heard I'd been using wireless charging for a few years before her iPX came out
  • Yeah, there was so many things. Even as simple as Tap to wake up, Glance screen, City Lens those were marvelous ;)
  • @Kirsutin. I hear ya, people scoff when I tell them my L920 had wireless charging back in 2012 before any of their android phones or iphones. Then the charging light on the wireless pad goes green when I place my L920 on the pad and then they go green with envy 😂 followed by silence. Which is broken by someone changing the subject 🤣.
  • Qi was in the Android at the same time and you didn't have to buy one of those terrible Lumia X20 devices (spoiler: no one did buy them). It was a new standard for wireless charging, not some exclusive Windows Phone technology. It hasn't really caught on still because it sucks. Way too slow to be truly convenient.
  • Oh yeah? Which Android device had it first and when? Wireless charging is around as much as smartwatches are. Not everything is supposed to become used all the time, but every single flagship now has the capability. That's like knocking NFC because it hasn't  become so popular and used absolutely everywhere. It's a convenient technology that every flagship has it, and all of it came after 920 introduced them. While we are on the subject, do you have some excuse about OIS too just because you like the Android gutter?
    First phone to support wireless charging, first phone to include OIS, first phone cabable of being used with gloves on. Deal with it.
  • Yeah, I like to know which phone other than the 920 back in Sept 2012 too?? Several of the other lumia (720, 1020 etc)  then supported wireless charging, all was need was replace the back cover with official back covers which was sold when these phones were launched.The leading Android phone at that time was the Note II, it was never officially supported for wireless charging. 
  • Wow, so all those x20 owners I kept running in to in the UK stole their phones rather than buying them then Bleachie? Now that I did not know, it does shine a new light on things. Mind you, it does raise the questions of who they knicked them off if no-one was buying them and how we address this tendency to steal MS devices here before the not-Phones arrive and customers get mass-mugged.
  • I've never been underwhelmed by my 950xl. Every time I show pictures on it people exclaim how great they look and ask what kind of android it is. And when I say I have 20,000+ pictures and videos on it they ask me if I really meant in the cloud. And when I show them just a few of the features they are wowed. The only thing underwhelming was Microsoft and developer support and marketing.
  • Yup, pretty much my experience too
  • What feature does the 950 have that Galaxy doesn't? If you are showing people that, they are wowed that you are so articulate even with your challenges!
  • It has the cache of being a rare, and so cool, device?
  • Besides the firmware being buggy and double tap to wake missing at launch, I don't see what was that wrong with the 950/XL.
    I can live without the fingerprint reader if that guarantees the removal of the home button and smaller bezels. I'm not a fan of having it on the back either. Removable back cover and replaceable battery trumps the fingerprint reader.
    Stylus? That's even less practical than Continuum.
  • The only thing wrong with it was and is that mediocre buggy junk OS. Nothing even close to what WP8.1 was. MS made fun of users, releasing this phone with that pathetic OS
  • You. I like you.
  • Oh, my heart breaks in half :-(
    But I am still using my L950 after a new yellow L1020 (in 2017) and another new black 1020 (in 2014-2016) and other phones that came into my hand like Huawei P9, SGS6...
    In fact, with my black 1020 I saw the cool Windows Platform with it's design elements wich they were so unique... and I still regret selling my 1020 but the processor was slow even for taking pictures; btw, awesome full hd recording with those rich audio capture and stills with xenon! oh...
    I changed the second, yellow L1020 for the actual L950, both were as new for their age, and discovered WP10 running without lag, with it's quarks and features that differentiate from the WP8/8.1 and not to mention from the rest of the platforms (I will not mention here, you know them :-)
    Btw, if anyone of you are a NOKIA fan, check out my collection, over 100 unique models, at my facebook page NOKIAMAN COLLECTION.
    Cheers everyone and let's hope that with the so-rumored Andromeda project, MS will reopen the "windows" for us, the fans, and for the others! :-)
  • Mark my words. There is not even a remote chance of Microsoft succeeding in mobility anymore. They failed to commit to their own platform (both mobile and UWP) and destroyed their audience. Developers have lost interest in developing for the Windows platform since mobility is now where things originate. The Windows ecosystem is so weak that it is now irrelevant in the consumer's mind. Only a major paradigm shift could reverse the trend. None is in sight in the short term. Augmented Reality (AR) could have been this paradigm shift but developers are not with Microsoft anymore and will utlimately prevent Redmond from being significant player in this area. Rough times ahead. Doomed to become a back-end infrastructure provider.
  • You are spot on!
  • PWA + WASM will change everything. Not saying this will save MS, but it will give them a fighting chance in moble, but it will also allow new OS's to become viable too which will only make the market more competative. This will be good for everyone in the long run.
  • Those will only cover the simplest of apps. There will still be a big gap for a number of years before they have feature parity with native.
  • PWAs will be the majority of apps. If you take a look at what apps really do today you realize most of them offload everything to the cloud and are just front-ends that are pleasurable to use. Messengers could easily be developed with PWAs. Uber, banking, etc. all of them are more suitable for PWAs. Only some things like Instagram filters and games remain, and those are also theoretically quite possible to do with PWAs.
  • Satay Nutella
  • No one expects Microsoft to become a significant player in this area. They'll have their niche. Everyone is hoping that just like hybrid 2 in 1s, they can introduce a new category of foldable, pen enabled devices that give you the power of full Windows and can last for a few days on a charge. Then you'd get a new Surface family, and a host of devices working the same way from other OEMs. Will that beat Google and Apple at number of sales? No one cares. We care about the devices to become viable options, not winning an kids quarrel on who sold how many of what.
    The numbers were significant back when they were targeting the same audience and Lumias needed a foothold. A new category brings new opportunities, and just like the rest of the Surface line, it just needs to sell enough to live on.  
  • I hope if they do release Andromeda, that it is not a half baked OS with half baked first party apps and services like Windows Phone 7/8.x and W10M had to work with!  They better have great API support and first party apps that work with any specialized screens (folding/two screens/Continuum).  Microsoft never gave WP 7/8 or W10M a chance because everything was half baked.  They have so far had over a year to work on updating there existing apps/services for Andromeda and will have at least another 6 months before it is released, no excuse this time because they had rebooted mobile and should not be playing catch up with first party apps and services anymore.
  • Why would you think W10 would be a half baked OS?
  • He already justified that answer with examples. The mobile version of Windows has always been half baked. Take your blinders off!
  • 'Cause it ain't a cloud service so Ol' Nads don't care?
  • 8.1 was not half baked. It was a full product, but its features were 6 months to a year behind that of Android. But it had the soul that Android has always lacked.
  • I loved my 950xl. I say loved because I finally switched to a Note 8, and it's great to use the apps that I couldn't use before. That was the whole problem - no apps. Say what you want, but the apps were extremely limited. For example, I and my family took a trip to China. The rest of my family could use the VPN app on their phones. Me? Nope, no Windows versions. That was just one example. And the apps that were available stunk on Windows 10. I switched to the Note 8 shortly after my return, and it's a great phone!! Would I use an Andromeda device? Well, I use a Surface Pro, so probably yes, but the apps have to work. They have to be just as good as the android apps, or forget it. Right now, two of the most-used apps, Facebook and Messenger, really suck on Windows 10. They freeze, hang, and cause other problems. If those aren't fixed, how can I trust any other Windows 10 app? And yes, those apps are used in business, so there is no excuse for them to work.
  • Android is still buggy as ****, and unreliable, hanging, freezes, and apps??? WTF?? Have over 100 apps in my HP, 950 etc. And use mostl of them constantly. Only one app I don't have and need. MS apps are usually better quality as well, some not but most yes.
  • If that were true about Android, why have people continued to buy millions every day and have for several years now? You think if that were true, people would switch. It wasn't like Windows Phone had years to prove itself.
  • My Note 8 is not unreliable, does not freeze, does not hang, and the apps work. And I can do so much more with it. I love my Surface, but other than Office, the apps really stink. Texture, Kindle, Facebook, and Messenger are just a few of the apps that are so much better on Android. 
  •  I'm not sure if there is abit of revisionist history going on in the article, but as someone who works in IT professionally (and has 70+ Windows Phones deployed), has personally owned half a dozen Windows phones starting with the Samsung Focus, and who still daily drives an L950, I would hardly describe the hardware when it first came out as "underwhelming."  In fact, nearly a year after the 950's release, it still came equipped with features that the then newly released iPhone STILL didn't have.
    And yes, while it is now heading toward its third birthday, my L950 is still my reliable daily companion, and does everything I need it to do.
    Sure,it is behind the specs of other high-end phones released in the last year or so, but the nice thing about Windows Phone / Windows Mobile is its ability to run smoothly on hardware that wouldn't be sufficient for other OS's.
    And even now, many phones do not come equipped with a 20MP shooter, and while overall image quality on some newer phones is certainly better, I can't say that the L950 takes terrible pics by comparison.  They are still pretty darn good.
    And aren't we now seeing a trend that for many, phones from the last couple of years are considered good enough, and seeing a drop in sales and fewer people upgrading, and doing so at diminishing pace?
    I'm starting to think that some who write about Windows phones are letting their current (and understandable) irritation at the platform being abandoned unfairly color its past successes.
  • Couldn't agree more. My 950xl and 950 are fantastic. I use my X3 because of the screen size and my hot dog 🐶 fingers, but they are still now, brilliant and can compare with many new handsets, AND they don't get slower.
  • Hold a 950 next to an iPhone or Galaxy S6 and the hardware was Fisher Price at best. It couldn't even begin to compete with those devices in build quality. The megapixel wars ended years ago. 20 megapixels isn't needed on a phone, it only looked good on the spec sheet. None of today's phones continue that chase, and some even dropped megapixels, because they are detrimental to image quality with such small sensors.
  • What about open pdf on edge
  • Yes , have the same problem when receive pdf files via email on my L640 . i now use Foxit as pdf viewer , save the pdf in my phone , and open it on Foxit
  • With latest update pdf opens
  • I really wish they'd release a single screen phone along with the Andromeda device.
  • Well, surprisingly I have a Samsung Omnia II with Windows 6.5 which is running fine.
    I was waiting for a Win 10 phone to get sorted before updating, so still waiting.
    Fortunately, it is easy and cheap to replace the battery.
    I used to manage an office and having a Microsoft office (a lighter mobile version) on my phone came in very handy from time to time.
    Now the Omnia II comes with a stylus (OK I know it is not a fancy one, but still came with one to write with) and I thought it odd that the L950 didn't. Something similar to the Note stylus (stores inside the phone) would have been a great addition.
    I also like the business card photo to contacts feature which has since disappeared - a quick snap of the card and usually, it goes straight into contacts.
    If they can put Win 10 on a USB stick with an i5 processor (not that the phone needs an i5 processor for Win 10 Mobile), sometimes I wonder why has it been so hard to get it right on a phone?
    Since they already have the Surface series, maybe they need to come out with a Surface phone with Qi fast charging (basically, basically a shrunk down version with a lower spec than the Surface for longer battery life) and give all of us samples to test. Anyone want to second it? :-)
  • Waiting for W10 mobile to get sorted? Have you been in a cave?. JHC!
  • I5 on a phone? Because processors don't need cooling.
  • Ah, so THAT is where the blame lies.  
  • What's sad is w8m or 10m ran wonderful on both high and low end hardware. Where it all fell down was with Microsoft itself. Be it constant abandoment of previous hardware. To Just outright giving up. They had something that would have been competitive. They just failded at every turn.
  • Using now a L640 , and buying a L950 next week , because of faster speed and more storage . Windows10 mobile is ideal for business
  • How is W10M better for business than iPhone or Android? How is it good for business to not have the app you need?
  • I have all the apps i need
  • Oh the age old "mine works fine" argument. Yours and 3 other people "have all the apps you need" and that was always the problem.
  • I don't give a rat ass about other people . I am me
  • The "Smoking Gun".
  • and yet they built a mediocre junk OS.
  • Where do you get these developer devices from?
  • Good articIe. I still think it was a mistake for Microsoft to get of making smart phones. Blackberry still makes smart phones even though their sales are low. Folks Microsoft is not completely out making cell phones instead MS is making a 2 screen windows 10 Andromeda project Mini Tablet/Cell phone hybrid. Insiders say it will be out in 2018. I would buy such a device because I want a device with a bigger screen than a Cell phone has but most people want a more compact device. I think enough people on a world wide basis will buy this device to make it worth Microsoft selling them
  • Living in mixed smartphone o/s household, I can say hands down WM10 and Wp8.x beats them all. Those of who have read some of my posts know how hyper critical I am of WM10 / Wp8.x and Microsoft. Especially Microsoft as of late. Because I when I see potential and company be able to do good for others but not engaging to the full extent. I am not going to mince my words and sugar coat them. Going back on topic, why I say WM10 and Wp8.x beats them all?
    Ease of use, security, efficiency and top end features for their time albeit some where nulified based on the fallacy of over reliance on telemetry data and others locked down to the US only. My dad has been using his Samsung S8 to type up his work on Word and he has had endless amount of issues, sync issues, keyboard issues and these issues occur frequently over time. Plus not on word either, he is constantly asking me for help and where to find his apps, to save contacts. The list is endless. When he was using the Lumia 620, he found it easy to use. In the end his home screen was filled with pinned contacts. Because he found that it was way easier and efficient that way. That's the beauty of live tiles, you can pin whatever you want on the start screen and you are not locked to specific widgets or have to scroll through multiple home screens. Only one member of my family uses iphone and they hate it, since it was a gift and has bought apps - no choice but to use the phone. Otherwise it would be very rude to let the iphone languish in a draw. Most iphone users I know prefer the simple interface because they've become accustomed to it. If anything the layout is very much reminiscent of monochrome screens from decades past. There has been hardly change in that regard - scrolling through grids of icons - about a 3x3 grid. It's only been a short while that ios has "home screen widgets". My mum, also hates using her S7 edge as such she only uses only three apps - the dialer, whatsapp and some other app. Anything advanced and it gets far too overly complicated. Windows phone had some much potential, it could be simple or it could be complex or both. Depending on my daily use case, my home screen changes to meet my needs - sometimes it filled with small tiles and medium tiles or it's simple with a few medium and wide tiles or it's structured in a way I can launch almost anything one handed or used to display nothing but information or all of these (WM10 has a display scaling option so combined with show more tiles setting you can cram alot on the screen). I can't do that on android without fiddling with launchers and having to work within the confines of grids of static icons. I tried and I found the experience far too aggravating. ios, was just bland, boring and dull.
  • Ooh, you say it well! I tested all the platforms, ios, android, Windows mobile (really was a pocket pc in those days) until found wp ui on Lumia 1020 and then I was addicted. Now I love my Lumia 950 and I am waiting for the Andromeda.
    I also repair mobile phones, so you can guess that I've seen a lot of phones, especially the later ones!
  • Which Andromeda Device foldable tablet or surface phones the watch ??? 
  • i've only ever used WP, but the best feature I love is replying to a text from anywhere. I can be playing a game, a recieve a message and I can reply without leaving my game! wonderful.
  • Cool device. Can't wait for the foldable tablet and surface phone surface watch Microsoft Surface Phone: Everything you need to know this good write-up on the surface phone
    http://www.trustedreviews.com/news/microsoft-surface-phone-release-date-... Microsoft 'Andromeda:' Everything we know about the rumored foldable device
    https://www.windowscentral.com/microsoft-andromeda-everything-we-know-so... Microsoft is testing Surface Watch with a modular design
  • When you realise there is no next attempt for mobile from Microsoft.......what a joke....next attempt....hah hah hah hah :D :D
    Till the day Nadela is there......there is no future of windows 10 mobile.
  • no lol, it Calls Andromeda it will be no watch tablet and phone. 
  • So basically they built the Surface phone we wanted for the past couple years!!!! Way to drop the ball Micr
  • lol yes lol
  • And this is the CEO that destroyed the amazing undertaking...
  • You got it! Maybe they have Google shares ....
  • So its a monster mash🎶
  • A 6" Windows Phone flagship with a removable battery?! I'd buy that!
  • me too   
  • I still use the Windows 10 mobile platform i was going to go for good even though i went out and brought two android phones a Sony AX1 and a Nokia 5 but I've been using windows mobile phones for many years it's hard to let go at the moment.
  • Uh no app update for over 10 days now on my W10M. Subway surfers has also skipped updating its app on W10. Worrying times indeed.
  • The sad truth is it wasn't the lack of support from the fans but more from the creator that hit the nail in the coffin. Lack of marketing and business at both ends killed this great product. This is what we hope 🤞🏼 Microsoft has learned and they have with the Surface line. But can they execute is the real question
  • The sad truth is it wasn't the lack of support from the fans but more from the creator that hit the nail in the coffin. Lack of marketing and business at both ends killed this great product. This is what we hope 🤞🏼 Microsoft has learned and they have with the Surface line. But can they execute is the real question
  • I don't understand.
    What is formation Frankenstein phone? I think it's a phone that can be alive again that just like the movie but seriously, what is the really meaning of it?
    What is RX-130?
    What is ARM64?
    What is the article talk about?
  • I dont gett it. With all th features scraped for the releas unite L950, where they allready giving up at releas or where they planing a succsesor. I am so sade for the fact they dident releas a Snapdragon 835 unite with all the features they could come up with. We where a lot of people who preferd the W10M plattform ower apps-droid. I miss W10M.
  • As long as mr Na$ is on top of M$ there will not be any serious windows phone. He will consequently kill such a project like he did with win10m and nokia cooperation. He likes more android , I still believe he wants for some a reason googles shareprice to rise....
  • So is Andromeda coming or not?
    "With rumors of Andromeda launching as soon as this year"
    We're getting mixed messages here.
    Zac must know something.