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Microsoft Display Dock hands-on: Continuum could be huge

Microsoft Display Dock hands-on: Continuum could be huge

The smallest gadget in Microsoft's big Windows 10 device launch today could end up being its most important. The Microsoft Display Dock, announced alongside the Lumia 950 and 950 XL smartphones, is a diminutive box that enables Continuum, effectively turning a Windows 10 smartphone into a PC, complete with full display and peripheral support.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL and 950 hands-on

Lumia fans have been a patient bunch, not entirely by choice, waiting on a new set of flagship phones. Despite Microsoft's various and vocal commitments to Windows 10 on smartphones, it hasn't given much outward sign of what hardware might have been in the pipeline. Today that all changed, of course, with the Lumia 950 XL and Lumia 950, which filled the gap in Microsoft's top end (as well as bringing along a low-cost model too, the Lumia 550).

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Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

Lumia 950 and 950 XL detailed: Microsoft’s Windows 10 hero phones

This week the folks at Microsoft revealed a couple of new smartphones for the Windows 10 generation. These devices were the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, both with very similar innards and outward aesthetics. The larger of these two devices works with a 5.7-inch display, while the smaller has a 5.2-inch display, and both use OLED technology. Both devices also have Microsoft's own "glance screen" technology ready to roll. Both devices also use the newest version of Microsoft's phone-based Windows 10 operating system.

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Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL briefly appear on online store

Microsoft Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL briefly appear on online store

Did Microsoft just try to steal some of the attention away from Google's Nexus announcements? Possibly. With Microsoft's own new hardware event scheduled for next week, the company's new flagship smartphones, the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, were accidentally listed on its UK online store earlier today. While the pricing details were left obscured, the listings did confirm a number of previously leaked specs, including screen sizes, storage, and camera features.

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Lumia 950, 950 XL, 550 slides spill most of the beans

Lumia 950, 950 XL, 550 slides spill most of the beans

While the Android faithful are preparing for Google's big event and Nexus smartphones debut on Tuesday, those on Microsoft's side of the fence are also preparing for something similarly big further ahead. Next month, Redmond is expected to announce a few new devices, chief among which could be its fresh new batch of Lumia smarpthones. Leaked repeatedly and under inconsistent names, new slides reveal and confirm some of the specs for its upcoming smartphones, which might finally include a Lumia flagship that users will indeed want to have.

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Entry-level Lumia 550 could have an iris scanner

Entry-level Lumia 550 could have an iris scanner

Lumia smartphones are like Samsung smartphones. They are a dime a dozen, covering a wide range of hardware specs and prices. While the mobile worlds still awaits the promised high-end Windows 10 Mobile devices that will be the Surface of smartphones, another upcoming Lumia smartphone has unofficially broken cover. The Lumia 550 expected due next year might not be the fanciest handset around, nor would it be the most powerful, but it might have a secret function hidden in a corner that could potentially make this budget device worth noting.

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ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

ITC clears Microsoft in 8 year old patent case, Lumias safe

It would have been a devastating blow if Microsoft was blocked from importing its next batch of Lumia smartphones even before its Windows 10 Mobile OS got out the door. That crisis, however, has been just averted when the US International Trade Commission (ITC) ruled in favor of Redmond in a patent case that InterDigital brought against Nokia way back in 2007. According to the ITC, Microsoft did not infringe on InterDigital's patents, which saves it from a potential import ban that could affect its Lumia smartphones.

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Leaked Microsoft Lumia renders reveal premium Windows phones

Leaked Microsoft Lumia renders reveal premium Windows phones

Microsoft has been expected to announce a new pair of flagship Windows-powered phones under the Lumia name in October, and while we've already seen a few leaked photos and spec lists, now what appear to be official press renders have been discovered. The new images come from Evan Blass, better known as @evleaks on Twitter, a reliable and often correct leaker. What we see now are the 5.2-inch Lumia 950, codenamed Talkman, along with the larger 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, codenamed Cityman.

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Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

Microsoft’s October lineup: Surface Pro 4, 2 Lumias, Band 2

While Samsung went a month early to avoid the IFA and Apple rush of September, it seems that Microsoft will go the opposite route and hold its event a bit later. Two separate sources agree that October will be Microsoft's month as it will be revealing a new lineup of devices, including the Surface Pro 4, two new Lumia flagships, and the second Microsoft Band wearable. Given the Lumias, this might also be the time when Microsoft will finally launch, or even just unveil, Windows 10 Mobile.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL flagship leaks

Microsoft may have been focusing on Windows 10 lately, but it also has a pair of flagship smartphones in the pipeline, photos of one of which have now leaked. The Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL - otherwise known by their codenames, Talkman and Cityman - are expected to make their official debut in September or October this year, but the larger Lumia 950 XL has apparently escaped early in prototype form, at least.

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These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

These are the first 10 Lumias to get Windows 10 Mobile

Windows 10 has finally rolled out and some have already gotten their first taste of the brand new OS. The first reviews are coming in and, all in all, it's a rather mixed bag. But now that desktops and tablets have had their fair share, the more mobile-inclined are perhaps more curious about the smartphone incarnation of Windows 10. When will Windows 10 Mobile descend and on which devices first? Fortunately, it seems that Microsoft has finally spilled the beans on that. Or at least the first beans.

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Next Lumia flagships to sport iris scanner, Surface Pen

Next Lumia flagships to sport iris scanner, Surface Pen

Although Microsoft is in a celebratory mood over the imminent release of Windows 10, the topic of Windows 10 smartphones remains to be a sore point. And it isn't just because of the company's somewhat indecisive, almost ambiguous, attitude towards this section of mobile, but even more because it lacks such a Wndows phone that it can truly be proud of. That, however, might soon change with Microsoft's next Lumia duo, codenamed Cityman and Talkman. Provided, of course, these rumors do pan out in the end.

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