Microsoft has finally started edging its Lumia 950 XL flagship smart phone into more affordable territory: The phablet is now available through the Microsoft Store for $150 off. And you get a free Microsoft Display Dock too.
Microsoft’s high-end Lumias—the Lumia 950 I reviewed late last year and its bigger, phablet-sized cousin, the 950 XL—are hampered by a number of issues. App stores and content ecosystems that don’t match up well again the Android and iOS platforms. Cheap plastic cases. A new OS that still feels horribly unfinished. Their lack of distribution, and incompatibility with certain wireless networks. And … those prices.
As I wrote in my Lumia 950 review, it is that last issue that really sinks these phones. Windows phone fans have shown that they’ll put up with a lot of baloney, but the pricing structure of these phones is simply untenable. The Lumia 950 has a starting price of $550, while the bigger 950 XL costs $650.
Well, not anymore. At least for the Lumia 950 XL. Now, you can get Microsoft’s phablet flagship for just $500, a far more reasonable price. Plus you get that Microsoft Display Dock—for Continuum support—for free as well. That’s a $100 value right there.
Now we’re talking. That’s the price that Lumia 950 XL should have come out of the gate at.
A few caveats. This is via the Microsoft Store only, so this pricing is for the US and Canada only, I’d imagine. It’s not clear if this price is temporary or permanent. The new price isn’t reflected until you put the device in your shopping cart, so don’t be thrown off by what the site says. Also, the non-XL Lumia 950 is not for sale, though that device is routinely available with some discount too. (Oddly, the 950 is now $50 more expensive than the 950 XL.)
Should you get one? No. Obviously. You can get a 64 GB Nexus 6P for $550, and that device is superior on every level. But for those who still hold out hope that Microsoft will miraculously pull out some form of a win here, this pricing will be compelling.