However, a fresh report coming from WinBeta suggests that at least one of those four phones has been given an early funeral. The reigning Windows 10 Mobile flagship, the Lumia 950 XL, is apparently winding down its production run. Production has already stopped for UK versions of the smartphone, although WinBeta acknowledges that the production halt could (and likely will) extend to other regions around the globe including the United States shortly.
“Customers attempting to replace their Lumia 950 XL are being rejected, due to lack of stock, with our source corroborating the information, stating the last set was produced just a month ago,” reports WinBeta. Microsoft’s other three Windows Mobile 10 offerings most certainly will face a similar fate very soon.
If Lumia 950 XL production is already ending, and the rest of its family also going down the same path, that also ups the timetable for when we’ll see the arrival of the so-called Surface phones. Microsoft is reportedly holding a hardware event in October in which it is widely expected to announce a Surface all-in-one PC. Microsoft could also use the event to debut a new top-to-bottom range of Surface phones that highlight the best that Windows 10 Mobile has to offer to customers.
As we’ve stated on multiple occasions, we definitely welcome fresh smartphone hardware into the marketplace, but Microsoft needs to do a much better job educating the masses about Windows 10 Mobile and the advantages that it holds over competing operating systems like Android and iOS.