Microsoft announced earlier in the year that it would stop making Lumia mobile hardware. It remains to be seen if the company returns to smartphones with a Surface device. What is clear is that Microsoft was serious about ending the Lumia line. The company is now preparing to end sales of all Lumia smartphones, even those that are still classed as flagships.
Yes, we are talking about the Lumia 950 XL. This is currently the best smartphone Microsoft offers, a competitors to the spec-heavy Android competitors. However, less than a year after its release, Microsoft is winding down sales.
There has been some confusion about the company's announcement that it would “end sales” of Lumia handsets. The most likely scenario is obviously that production has ceased and remaining devices will be sold. However, there was some speculation that Microsoft was actually pulling all devices from sale.
In terms of the Lumia 950 XL, users in the UK are reporting they cannot get replacement units. This means Microsoft has ended production of the device. The company is saying the Lumia 950 XL is now out of stock. While this is only reported in the UK, we expect is will start happening in all markets.
Microsoft is still not saying specifically when it will be ending production. We can't imagine there being more in stock even if production has not officially ended. One thing Microsoft has confirmed is that Lumia production will end in December 2016.
So, Microsoft has lived up to its earlier announcement that it will end Lumia production. Many believed the company would at least offer some hardware moving forward. That is now very unlikely, at least in terms of a smartphone with a Lumia logo on it.
What about a Surface Phone? The super-phone has been rumored for years. Microsoft is holding a Surface hardware event in October, so it will be interesting to see if the company announces a smartphone. However, it is actually unlikely that the device will arrive this year, if it even exists at all.