Microsoft Lumia 950: new Windows 10 flagship will be AT&T exclusive in US

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Fresh from its much appreciated launch, the Microsoft Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL smartphonesthe company’s newest Windows 10 flagship phonesusers from the US region just got hit with the official confirmation that the new Windows 10-running devices will indeed be a carrier exclusive upon release.

According to a report by Venture Beat, Microsoft had decided to offer the Lumia 950 exclusively via carrier AT&T. However, the device, and the Lumia 950 XL, will still be available for an unlocked purchase via Microsoft’s online store.

“We’re refocusing our channel strategy, narrowing it in the short-term and planning for broader operator availability long-term,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “While there was interest across the board from U.S. operators, currently we’ve made the decision to have AT&T carry the Lumia 950, and then sell both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL unlocked through our own channel in Microsoft stores. In Europe, Deutsche Telekom will carry the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, and we’ll have more to share about other carriers shortly.”

Additionally, Microsoft will not be offering either of the new flagships to any Canadian carriers, leaving users in Canada with the only option of buying the device directly from the Microsoft store.

As detailed by Microsoft, the Lumia 950 smartphone boasts of a 5.2-inch wide AMOLED display with a 2560 x 1440 Quad HD resolution, and a 564 ppi pixel density, and a Corning Gorilla glass 3 protection. The Lumia 950 features a ClearBlack display technology. It runs under a hexa-core Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 chipset, with a 1.8 GHz CPU, and an Adreno 418 GPU. It packs 3 GB worth of RAM, along with 32 GB worth of built-in internal storage capacity. The device supports external microSD expansion of up to 200 GB worth.

As for the camera, the new Lumia 950 features a 20 megapixels Carl Zeiss optics rear facing main camera, equipped with Triple LED natural flash. With the Rich capture technology feature, the camera of the Lumia 950 automatically adjusts the camera and flash settings with the current shooting environmentsay goodbye to dark photos and dim face shots! Additionally, the rear camera of the Lumia 950 has the capability to record videos of up to stunning 4K resolution.

As for the front facing camera, the 950 features a 5 megapixels snapper with the capability to record videos of up to 1080p Full HD resolution.