As expected, AT&T is the first out of the gate to begin selling Microsoft's Lumia 950, later this week. Online sales being tomorrow, November 17, while retail stores will sell the handset three days later. No carrier has yet announced that it will be carrying the higher-end Lumia 950XL.
Both phones were introduced last month to showcase Microsoft Windows 10 and the company's new Continuum technology: Connect these Lumia's to an optional dock, monitor, mouse and keyboard and the phone can run a desktop-version of mobile apps.
Typical for AT&T, the carrier will offer the Lumia 950 four different ways. For $0 down subscribers can pay $19.97 for 30 months, $24.96 for 24 months or $29.95 for 12 months on an AT&T Next plan. Those who prefer a subsidized handset can have the Lumia 950 for $149.99 and no extra monthly payments but they'll have to opt for a new two-year contract.
AT&T says that for a limited time, anyone who buys the Lumia 950 can also purchase a Microsoft Surface at a discounted price of $399.99.
The Lumia 950 has several flagship qualities including a 5.2-inch QuadHD OLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, 3 GB of memory and 32 GB of storage that can be expanded with a microSD card. It also uses a fast charge technology: Plug in a Lumia 950 with half-battery capacity for 30 minutes and you'll have a full charge.
Microsoft is using a PureView Zeiss camera with 20 megapixel sensor on the rear of the Lumia 950 that can capture 4K video. It also has a front-facing camera with 5 megapixel sensor.