Our Lumia 950 XL (Cityman) renders show what could be Microsoft's upcoming phone
Yesterday, Windows Central revealed details regarding Microsoft's two upcoming flagship Windows Phones codenamed Talkman and Cityman. Since then, the story has resonated around the internet so we figured we would provide a more detailed look at one of the phones.
To be clear, these renders of Cityman aka the upcoming Lumia 950 XL are 100% created in-house by Windows Central. These are not official or leaked in any way, and we want to be very clear on that. However, we are basing them off of images, sketches, and first-hand reports from multiple sources.
Indeed, when we ran these new renders by one of our sources and this was their reply:
So we are quite confident in their accuracy. Having said that, please allow room for slight changes or minor details we might have missed. [Update: Although it is incorrectly represented here, we have it on good authority that these devices have on-screen keys and not capacitive. We will try to update the renders soon to reflect that difference.]
To recap on this phone's specs:
Cityman (Lumia 950 XL)
- Matte white, cyan or black polycarbonate body
- 5.7 inch WQHD (1440x2560) OLED display
- Snapdragon 810, 64-bit Octa core
- Iris scanner (infrared) for Windows Hello
- 3GB of RAM
- 32GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot
- 20MP PureView rear camera with triple LED flash
- 1mm silver ring inside the circumference of the black camera pod
- Aluminum side buttons
- 5MP Wide-angle front facing camera
- 3300 mAh removable battery
- Qi wireless charging integrated
- USB Type-C
As a bonus, we are tossing in a Cyan version. Evan Blass aka Evleaks this morning tweeted that the phone will have a blue color option, so we decided to represent that as well.
Special thanks to Mobile Nations Derek Kessler for the 3D render work!
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Daniel Rubino is the Editor-in-chief of Windows Central, head reviewer, podcast co-host, and analyst. He has been covering Microsoft since 2007 when this site was called WMExperts (and later Windows Phone Central). His interests include Windows, laptops, next-gen computing, and for some reason, watches. Before all this tech stuff, he worked on a Ph.D. in linguistics, watched people sleep (for medical purposes!), and ran the projectors at movie theaters because it was fun.
Nobody buys their phone to get an overlay, most people who know how immediately get rid of them. Stock Android has been a better experience for several years and now all the overused do is slow things down and confuse people.
Also, I would think they'd position the Windows logo a little higher... Just a tad.
Hopefully, later they will have different variants build of this desing.. It's a great "starting point"
They should at least offer red, and yellow, back plates... The removable battery is pretty cool, though. Especially if you can get a battery charging dock..
I wouldn't be surprised if one of the other OEMs don't release a 6.0 or larger phone.
Metal frame and looks, of course, but that's not it.
It's the position of the charging slot. In 830, it's on the top.
I use my 830, 80% of the time on my bed. XD. So I always keep it on charge and then place it on my chest and use it. (like I am doing now.) XD now that is only possible if the charging point is on the top. Had it been below, I couldn't have done it, and would have required to hold the phone... Which I am too lazy to do when on bed. :D
Hope someone understands me. :P
If it actually were cyan...
At least the colour Windows Central chose is (sadly) way off cyan.
It doesn't look like cyan, so no real showstopper for me.
Plus cases ruin the look of the phone completely.
Oh, and the speaker placement is weird as well... I'm generally against putting it on the back of the device anyhow.
2. What carriers in the U.S.
3. Actual release date, not speculation.
Clean, refined and modern. Love it.
I love the bezels and the Microsoft logo at the back, looks more modern that way.
32GB of storage for $700
64GB of storage for $800
128GB of storage for $900 Give us Cityman with
32GB of storage for $850 (without Pen)
64GB of storage for $950 (without Pen)
128GB of storage for $1050 (without Pen) The Pen costs $49 and is the same as used on the Surface Pro 3, so Surface Pro 3 don't need to purchase the Pen.
Microsoft is really killing windows phone
Guess im not getting a big phone this year either, unless some other oem decides to be reasonable.
.... What about the metal chassis?!
And why the power button is between the volume rocker ? I don't know if it's bad or not but it's a new move
I know these are renders by Windows Central.
If you read The end of the article, there's a statement regarding a "cyan-ish" blue. So Windows Central could be accurate with the colour they chose.
Is the Lumia 950 (Talkman)'s design different than this one?
But MS needs to improve third party apps, I knew there are many apps coming up but keep polishing existing apps is important.
U may not force ppl who using android and iphone, but they'll switch if WP worth it.
It looks like midnight blue lol. Never the less as long it's offered in multiple colours I'll be happy, since the back cover is removable.
On the software side, no. On the hardware, maybe. To be on par, it should have had:
Front firing speakers,
LED notification light,
Curved display and
Fast charging for example.
Also, many reports of devices with the Snapdragon 810 are found to have heating issues. Instead of going for that, Microsoft should have opted for the 808 or 805 or any of x64 Intel's processors. Flagship devices aren't low ends with specs upped. They are about offering exclusive features which sets apart from the competition. Don't feel hurt, Microsoft makes awesome low-end devices but not so good high end devices. They're amateur in this case, I'd say. In short, people aren't waiting for a Lumia 640XL with upgraded specs, just without any exclusive featured tweaks for two years as a flagship, I would say.