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Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: A Look At Microsoft’s FIRST Windows 10 Phones

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Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: A Look At Microsoft’s FIRST Windows 10 Phones

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The first Windows 10 Mobile flagships face off! Meet the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Michael Grothaus 16:30, 17 Nov 2015

Microsoft enthusiasts have fun! The first Windows Phones to enhance Windows 10 Mobile are approximately to be launched. Microsoft has introduced the United Kingdom availability of the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both are to be had for pre-order lately and each will send via December third. The 950 collection is, take into account that, extraordinarily necessary to Microsoft considering the fact that they are going to be the primary Windows 10 Mobile units.

The first Windows 10 Mobile handsets, Microsoft’s Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, at the moment are to be had on pre-order over at The Carphone Warehouse. Prices get started at £469.99 for the Lumia 950 XL and £449 for the Lumia 950 — that is less expensive than they're on Microsoft’s Store. Carphone Warehouse additionally has the handsets to be had on a host of price lists from the United Kingdom’s prime shops. 

The Lumia 950 includes a 5.2in WQHD (1440 x 2560) OLED show, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 808 CPU and 3GB of RAM. With imaging, you’re taking a look at a 20MP PureView with triple LED flash and a 5MP sensor at the entrance for Skype calls and selfies. Storage is available in at 32GB and, unfortunately, there is not any SD-strengthen on both the 950 or the bigger 950XL.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is rather higher than the usual style and it has the relatively extra powerful Snapdragon 810 at its center. Beyond this there isn't so much else to split the 2 handsets; Microsoft is obviously taking the preferred method of providing in a different way sized fashions, in order to not alienate folks that aren’t into phablets.

Many individuals are reporting that the common 950 and its XL large brother are virtually similar–and in lots of respects they're. But there also are a couple of necessary little variations you wish to have to find out about. Here’s how the 2 Windows 10 Mobile flagships examine.

Lumia 950 vs Lumia 950 XL: Specs

Lumia 950

  • Display: 5.2 inch AMOLED, 1440 × 2560 pixels at 564 ppi with Gorilla Glass 3
  • Colors: Black or White
  • Battery: User replaceable, Qi wireless charging, 3000 mAh
  • Storage: 32GB + microSD
  • Processors: Hexa-center 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
  • GPU: Adreno 418
  • RAM: LPDDR3 3GB RAM
  • Front digital camera: 5 MP 1080P video, ƒ/2.4
  • Rear digital camera: 20 MP PureView, 1/2.4 " sensor, 4K video (2160p) at 30 fps, triple LED flashes, ƒ/1.9 aperture, optical symbol stabilization
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 4G
  • Size: 145 mm x 73.2 mm x 8.2 mm
  • Weight: 150 grams

Lumia 950 XL

  • Display: 5.7 inch AMOLED, 1440 × 2560 pixels at 518 ppi with Gorilla Glass 4
  • Colors: Black or White
  • Battery: User replaceable, Qi wireless charging, 3340 mAh
  • Storage: 32GB + microSD
  • Processors: Octa-center 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • GPU: Adreno 430
  • RAM: LPDDR4 3GB RAM
  • Front digital camera: 5 MP 1080P video, ƒ/2.4
  • Rear digital camera: 20 MP PureView, 1/2.4 " sensor, 4K video (2160p) at 30 fps, triple LED flashes, ƒ/1.9 aperture, optical symbol stabilization
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS, 4G
  • Size: 151.9 mm x 78.4 mm x 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 165 grams

Let's get the similarities out of the best way first. Both function the very same entrance and rear cameras: the very good 20 MP PureView, 1/2.4 " sensor, 4K video rear digital camera and 5 MP 1080P video, ƒ/2.4 entrance digital camera. Both telephones even have the very same garage: 32GB plus a microSD card slot. Both additionally are available black and white fashions. Each telephone additionally has the similar connectivity choices (see above).

From the surface glance of items, each telephones additionally seem to have more or less equivalent specifications, however that’s a little misleading. For instance, the 950 has 3GB of RAM, however its LPDDR3 RAM. The 950 XL has 3GB of LPDDR4 RAM, in different phrases, its RAM is quite quicker.

A extra obtrusive distinction is within the CPU and GPU. The common 950 packs a hexa-center 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. The 950 XL has a octa-center 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor, which is set 10% quicker. The 950 XL additionally has a extra tough Adreno 430 GPU. The common 950 has the Adreno 418 GPU.

The ultimate variations lie within the show and battery departments, which we speak about subsequent.

Lumia 950 vs Lumia 950 XL: Display

Of path probably the most major distinction among the 950 and 950 XL is the show measurement. The 950 includes a 5.2-inch show and the 950 XL has a 5.7-inch show. What’s fascinating is that each those presentations have the very same 1440 × 2560 pixel solution. However, due to the fact they're bodily other sized monitors, the common 950 in reality has a better pixel density at 564 ppi as opposed to the 950 XL’s 518 ppi. However, at the ones ranges you aren’t going to note a distinction with the bare eye.

The one different show distinction is the kind of glass used within the show. The common 950 makes use of Gorilla Glass 3, and the 950 XL makes use of Gorilla Glass 4, because of this it’s extra shatter resistant.

Lumia 950 vs Lumia 950 XL: Battery

The ultimate variations lie with the batteries of the 2 units. Both are consumer replaceable and have Qi wireless charging, however as a result of the dimensions of the units, the common 950 has a smaller battery at 3000 mAh as opposed to the 950 XL’s higher battery of 3340 mAh. Microsoft says the bigger battery within the XL will get you an additional hours’ battery lifestyles.

Lumia 950 vs Lumia 950 XL: Cost & Verdict

The Lumia 950 will value £449.99 and the Lumia 950 XL will value £529.99. Both will send on December third.

Both additionally glance to be stellar flagships to show off the brand new Windows 10 Mobile on. As for that you will have to get will essentially rely on display measurement. Do you prefer a big telephone–or a actually massive telephone?

If display measurement isn’t your determining issue, then the 950 XL is the technically awesome telephone. It has a greater battery, higher RAM, battery CPU and GPU–and is even 0.1mm thinner in addition.

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