Even before rumors of Microsoft’s new Surface Phone started making its rounds, it’s been common knowledge that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL would be the first phones to be replaced.
We’re now seeing tangible signs of that happening, with AT&T now offering the Lumia 950 at $299 with no contractual obligation.
A month ago Microsoft had slashed the Lumia 950’s price to $399, and now the company has knocked off another $100 from the retail price, presumably to clear whatever inventory it has left of the devices running on the Windows 10 Mobile operating system from Microsoft.
You can get the no-contract smartphone from any Microsoft store or reseller at the new price.
Key Features of Lumia 950
One of the best features of the 5.2-inch device from Microsoft is the 20MP PureView rear camera with the six-element Carl Zeiss lens that takes crystal-clear shots, along with a 5MP front camera for sharper selfies.
The device runs on Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 processor that combines a dual-core Cortex A57 (1.82 GHz X 2) and quad-core Cortex-A53 (1.44 GHz X 4) processors that allow intense workloads such as multi-tasking, gaming and more. The device also sports 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage that is expandable up to 200GB with a MicroSD memory card.
On the display side, the Lumia 950 comes with ClearBlack technology for better usability in high-intensity ambient light conditions such as direct sunlight. The display itself is AMOLED with a crisp 564 ppi pixel density and a 2560×1440 resolution, also called WQHD or Wide Quad HD.
Charging the phone is a breeze because of inductive charging, and the AT&T model supports two different charging standards. The smartphone also supports LTE, or 4G mobile internet connectivity for faster video streaming and quicker download times, but of course that will depend on the carrier, signal strength and other factors.
In August 2016, Microsoft updated the OS on these phones to the Windows 10 Mobile Anniversary Update along with the update for other Windows 10 devices.
On the negative side, the Lumia 950 is known to have some LTE and WiFi issues, and Microsoft Cortana – the virtual assistant from Microsoft – may cause echoes during voice calls. Some individual reviewers also noted problems with Bluetooth connectivity.
But at $299 the phone is a pretty good deal for smartphone users that want great performance at the lowest possible price. This is a steal considering the original retail price for the Lumia 950 was $550 when it was launched nearly a year ago in October 2015.
The AT&T offer also comes with contract options starting from $9.97/mo on a 0% APR 30-month agreement. You can order the phone on their site here: AT&T Lumia 950 Contract/NoContract
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