Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

Microsoft launched the Lumia 950 XL and its little brother the Lumia 950 to embody the new era driven by Windows 10 Mobile. The 950 XL is the larger of the two with a 5.7 inch screen diagonal but ultimately offers little specific functions. Microsoft has nonetheless provided a high-end configuration with a high-definition display, an octuple-heart processor and a 20 megapixel sensor.

An OS not yet up to

Windows 10 Mobile has the merit of offering a different approach to Android and iOS. And it is easy to handle. He suffers from the same defect as its predecessor Windows Phone 8, namely the lack of applications. Its “app store” is much less crowded than those of Android and iOS, developers are reluctant to give priority to the Microsoft OS. Things could change with universal applications meant to run on both the Windows Mobile version of Office version 10. This offers developers a potentially wider audience and should theoretically encourage them to bring their applications a little more quickly.

Apart from the lack of applications, the Lumia 950 is a phone XL entirely correct. Windows Phone users who want to spend on a new terminal without changing the Windows OS will find here the most powerful smartphone of the moment. Mobile but Windows 10 still has much progress to make to become a real alternative to Android and iOS. . The Lumia 950 XL is sold at 699 euros naked

Compared to the Lumia 950, the XL model is slightly larger: 152 x 78.4 x 73.2 mm against 145 mm. This size difference appears clearly when one tries to use the thumb as this smartphone is not made to be used with one hand. If you want a Windows Phone more compact, opt for the Lumia 950.

The two models are very close in terms of design with a removable plastic back shell. The main difference is strapping around the camera: silver for the 950 and black on the XL 950. Overall, the aesthetic does not excite lovers of high-tech gadgets. For those who prefer the style, turn to a model like Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge with its curved screen and metal finish.

Under the hull there is an accepting player Micro SD memory cards up to a capacity of 200 GB. The battery is removable and recharges via USB Type-C.


The Lumia 950 and 950 have an XL screen that offers the very definition of 2560 x 1440 pixels. That of the Lumia 950 XL is larger, its resolution (display density) is thereby logically lower: 513 pixels per inch against 564 pixels per inch for the Lumia 950. But this difference does not notice not really in naked.

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Very bright, the Lumia 950 XL screen display offers a beautiful photos and high definition videos. The blacks are deep and provide a good contrast. The diagonal of 5.7 inches helps make more immersive display. Overall, the screens of both models are quite excellent for everyday use


The photo sensor is the same on the 950 and 950 XL. 20 megapixel camera with a lens with a 26mm f / 1.9. The photos are excellent with bright colors, a balanced exposure and little noise on pictures taken in low light. He filmed in Ultra HD videos and prove clear and precise reading. The front camera of 5 megapixels takes self-portraits perfectly adequate for publications on social networks.

Windows 10 Mobile for everyone

The Lumia 950 as the Lumia 950 XL all rotate both Windows Mobile and 10 there is no difference between the two. One like the other feature function Continuum that connects them to a monitor, keyboard and mouse for use as a PC. For this, we can use a wireless HDMI adapter (for connecting to the monitor) to establish a wireless link or buy the docking station sold as an option. Continuum enables the use of standard applications such as Word, e-mail or a web browser like on a real computer.

Theoretically, this system allows you to work with office tasks when you are at your desk and then can continue to edit the same document when you are on the go. Continuum works very well with the Lumia 950 XL

One of our confreres CNET, Nic Healey has enjoyed. “ I was very impressed by the combination of function Continuum with the host Display Dock. The next step is to go even further and totally replace my PC for a while to see how it goes in the long run.

However, our colleague Jessica Dolcourt which tested the Lumia 950 is the function Continuum experiencing some bugs including several restarts nuisance in use. Its installation has also proved more complicated and Jessica felt that this feature needed to improve before becoming really useful.

The Lumia 950 XL has a Snapdragon processor 810 an octuple-heart slightly more efficient than the Snapdragon 808 Lumia 950. Both smartphones have 2 GB of memory (RAM). Navigating through the interface is fluid. We tried the game “Riptide GP 2″ which turned smoothly.


Is the XL battery more powerful than the 950? Not really. It is hardly more powerful (3340 mAh against 3000 mAh) and this gap is absorbed by the consumption of the largest and therefore most energy screen. On our video playback test loop, the Lumia 950 XL takes 11 hours, which is about average. The 950 displays a similar autonomy. In the end, you should be able to hold a full day without much difficulty, provided you do not abuse the games and maximum brightness.

Which to Choose?

Both models are so similar in their configuration as the choice is based primarily on the use you intend. If you enjoy playing, watching movies and photos, while the Lumia XL screen is designated. If instead you want a more compact phone that fits in your pocket, go for the Lumia 950.

Should we choose a Windows smartphone?

It is finally “The” big question . Unless you’re a fan of Windows, the use of a mobile on Android and iOS is still for the time more satisfying. The lack of interest from developers for Windows penalizes the offer in terms of applications. Continuum is a great idea, but the concept needs to be improved.

What are the alternatives?

For the price of the Lumia 950 XL, there are excellent high-end Android smartphones. The Samsung Galaxy Edge S6 offers a much more attractive design, a very good picture and excellent performance device, all at a lower price. The LG G4 is equally luxurious with its genuine leather back cover, it also has an excellent camera and also costs less than the XL.

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