This is how it ends, Lumia fans: Microsoft is using the Black Friday weekend sales event to clear out its remaining inventory of Lumia smartphones. This includes the Lumia 950 and 950 XL, and also the Lumia 650.
To be fair, Microsoft has been clearing out Lumia inventory all year long, via various limited-time offers. And this weekend’s special deals and sale prices aren’t exactly among the best we’ve seen, which is surprising. They are available at the Microsoft Store, online and at retail.
Before getting to the pricing, my advice remains unchanged: None of these phones will provide a satisfying smartphone experience in late 2016 or have any meaningful longevity. The Lumia 950 and 950 XL, in particular, are lackluster smartphones and should be avoided. The Lumia 650 is a thin, light and elegant device, and a sad reminder of what used to be.
On that note, here’s what Microsoft is doing.
Buy a Lumia 950 XL, get a Lumia 950 and a Microsoft Display Dock for free. We’ve seen this one before, but the price here—$500—is simply too high. Who on earth would spend $500 on Lumia now? You’d be better off putting that money towards an Alcatel IDOL 4S or HP Elite x3 if you simply must have a Windows phone.
Buy a Lumia 650 for $99. I’m pretty sure we’ve seen better deals on this device, but you can get a Lumia 650 for half off, or $99. If you do take the plunge, you can also get the the ScreenBeam Mini Continuum Edition dongle for half price. But the Lumia 650 doesn’t even support Continuum, so this would just be a normal Miracast experience.
Curiously, the Lumia 550 isn’t on sale, so it’s temporarily more expensive, at $139, than the more capable and interesting Lumia 650. Likewise, the Lumia 640 XL is also still $99 at the Microsoft Store. And if you just want a 950, it’s still $399. Which is crazy.