Microsoft has sky-high ambitions with Windows 10, due out next Wednesday, and that goes for mobile just as much as it does for the desktop. It needs to have some attractive smartphones on the market if it's going to make a real impression on people, and beyond that, they need to boast higher-end specs. No one gets excited over a budget phone.
We've talked in the past about the upcoming Lumia 940 and 940 XL, and based on what we've learned up to this point, both phones look to be quite good. But, as we're now learning, models sporting those names might not even exist. Instead, Microsoft could go the route of skipping version numbers to give us the 950 and 950 XL.
That's according to Windows Central, which has also produced what it believes to be accurate specs for both phones, codenamed Cityman and Talkman.
As we've covered before, the bigger of the two models is expected to feature a 5.7-inch display, a Snapdragon 810 eight-core SoC, aluminum side buttons, and Qi wireless charging built-in. The smaller model would be restrained to a still-large 5.2-inch frame, and sacrifice a couple of things. Notably, the Qi wireless charging would require a cover.
Based on these latest rumors, both of these flagship Lumias would include 3GB of RAM and offer 32GB storage options. Both would also share the 20 megapixel PureView rear cameras and have a 5 megapixel camera up front. The same goes for the built-in iris scanner and color schemes (matte white and black polycarbonate).
As for accessories and software features, the new phones will support the Surface pen and smart cover, have an iris scanner for use with Windows Hello (to unlock the phone in about 1 second), and support Continuum and a docking station called Munchkin.
With all of this detail in hand, it does seem like Microsoft could have a great thing going with the 950 and 950 XL (if those do in fact become the final names). Or in other words: these are the exact phones Microsoft has needed for a while.