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Microsoft to sell the Lumia 950 and 950 XL in Singapore through partner stores (Updated)

By Ng Chong Seng - on 31 Mar 2016, 4:25pm

Microsoft to sell the Lumia 950 and 950 XL in Singapore through partner stores

Update, Mar 31, 4:30pm: Microsoft has confirmed that the Lumia 950 and 950 XL are now selling in Singapore. Additionally, I'm told the handsets will be available on the local online Microsoft Store from May 1. And from April 15, customers will be able to buy them from selected Challenger (VivoCity), Harvey Norman (Millenia Walk), and Newstead (Jurong Point) retail outlets, as well as from M1, Singtel and StarHub. Lastly, the Microsoft Display Dock will be available for sale at selected retail stores at a price of S$158.

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Originally published on March 24:

At this point, I assume hardcore Windows Phone fans interested in the Lumia 950 or 950 XL would have already parallel-imported the handset from overseas. But if you’ve haven’t, because you can’t be bothered with the hassle of shipping, the issue with warranty, and what not, know that Microsoft is now officially selling the handsets here.

Announced through a Facebook post, the Windows 10-running Lumia 950 XL will be sold through official partner stores - HandPhoneShop, 3Mobile, and GadgetWorld - at a price of S$998. (In the U.S., it costs US$649.) There’s no info on whether Microsoft is bundling the Continuum-enabling Microsoft Display Dock with the phone (I doubt it), or whether it’s even available as a separate purchase.

While Microsoft didn’t say anything about the regular 950, a check on HandPhoneShop’s website shows that the shop is also carrying it, at a price of S$898. Like the 950 XL, both black and white colors are available.

In addition, since 3Mobile is a major Singtel exclusive retailer, does that mean Singtel will also be offering these flagship Lumia handsets? So many questions, so few answers.

To recap, the Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7-inch Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, and 20-megapixel camera with Zeiss optics. It also carries a 3,340mAh battery and supports fast charging over USB-C. The 950 has a 5.2-inch AMOLED display (Quad HD, too) and 20MP camera, but runs on a Snapdragon 808 processor. The smaller handset packs a smaller 3,000mAh battery.

Source: Microsoft Lumia Facebook page.

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