Microsoft announced some exciting new hardware at their October 6 event, including two new flagship Lumia smartphones in the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The launch has been somewhat problematic, with only one carrier officially announcing support for only the Lumia 950 and with Microsoft being less than forthcoming on U.S. availability via the Microsoft Store.
The Lumia 950 was rumored to release on AT&T on November 20, and now we finally have confirmation from AT&T themselves. Via an announcement at the AT&T site this morning, the Lumia 950 will go on sale online this Tuesday, November 17, and will be in AT&T stores this Friday, November 20. Presumably, the Lumia 950 will be running Windows 10 Mobile build 10586.
Here are the pricing details for a choice between the Matte Black or Matte White Lumia 950 with $0 down, via either AT&T’s Next program or an old-school two-year contract:
By doing some math, we see that the AT&T Lumia 950 is a bit more expensive than expected, at $599. That’s $50 more than the anticipated $549. Given that the Microsoft Store lists the Lumia 950 XL at $649 including a free Display Dock for a limited time, the Lumia 950 at AT&T’s price becomes a dubious proposition, but of course you can pay monthly on your phone bill with the AT&T option.
We’ll keep you updated as we learn more. For now, AT&T fans, you’ll be the first in the U.S. to get your hands on the Lumia 950–unless, of course, Microsoft surprises us with an introduction of their own. The choice between an unlocked phone and AT&T’s official version still looms, but at least now there’s a timeframe attached to itFurther reading: Lumia, Lumia 950, smartphone, Windows 10 Mobile