[LATEST] Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Full Smartphone Review

Today BossTechy brings to you the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL This device is a new flagship for those wishing to explore the features of the Windows operating system on the go! With Windows Hello iris recognition, big high res AMOLED display, fast CPU. Great camera, the phone is a nice pick. .


The Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7" QHD AMOLED display and it runs Windows 10 for phones on the 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 CPU with Adreno 430 graphics. That's an octa-core processor that's the fastest Qualcomm currently makes. The smartphone has 3 gigs of RAM and 32 gigs of storage plus a microSD card slot that's compatible with cards up to 200 gigs.

It has a truly excellent rear 20MP camera with Zeiss lens, optical image stabilization, 4K Video recording at 30 fps and a tri-tone LED flash (the same camera as the 950). A solid 5MP front camera with 1080p video recording, WiFi 802.11ac, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC and a GPS round out the solid feature set.

The phone sells for $649, which is as expensive as the flagship Android and iPhone competition. Given Windows Phone's serious underdog position in the market, the price tag hurts a bit unless the phone brings superior features or innovations that the other operating systems lack with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 and 3 gigs of RAM, you'd expect top of the line performance, but the Lumia 950 XL doesn't experimentally outperform the slower Lumia 950. We chalk this up to Microsoft's Windows 10 Mobile OS, which is a work in progress (they call it "software as a service", which means you'll get improvements and updates as free downloadable updates over the course of time). Clearly Windows 10 can milk more performance out of the Snapdragon 810, but it's not doing so yet.

We look forward to seeing what Microsoft can do, but on the other hand you shouldn't have to wait after buying a flagship phone for $650. The Lumia 950 XL is by no means slow, in fact it's mostly spritely, though we saw occasional stutters that were unexpected given how incredibly fast Windows phones have been in the past. We also suffered many stalled app store downloads and a few app crashes (even after downloading the latest OS updates).


Display: 5.7" AMOLED QHD 2560 x 1440 display, Gorilla Glass 4. 518

PPI. Has ambient light sensor, accelerometer and proximity sensor.

Supports display out via Miracast wireless display and via USB-C and
optional Display Dock.

Battery: 3,340 mAh Lithium Ion Polymer rechargeable. Battery is user
replaceable. Supports Qi wireless charging.

Performance: 2.0 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 6-core core CPU WITH Adreno 430 graphics. 3gigs RAM and 32 gigs storage.

Size: 5.98 x 3.09 x .33 inches. Weight: 5.82 ounces.

Phone: GSM and EDGE 2G quad band world phone. 3G and 4G LTE bands 1,3, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12,17, 20 and 28. Dual nano SIM card slots.

Camera: 5MP front camera and 20MP rear camera with f/1.9 Carl Zeiss
lens. Can record 1080p and 4K video with rear camera. Supports JPG AND DNG recording formats for photos.

Audio: Built in speaker, mic and 3.5mm standard stereo headphone jack.

Networking: Integrated dual band WiFi 802.11b/g/n/ac, NFC and Bluetooth 4.1.

Software: Windows 10 for Phones.

Expansion: 1 microSD card slot compatible with cards up to 200 gigs. USB-C port.


There's a lot to like about the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL. After all, it's the first flagship Windows phone with a big display and top of the line CPU in some time. The display is colorful and reasonably bright and THE phone has one of the best rear cameras on the market.

The PHONE'S generic looks and matte plastic back aren't quite fitting for a $650 model when the high end competition is cranking out aluminum and GLASS phones that look truly stunning. As a consolation, unlike those classy looking phones, the 950 XL's back cover pops OFF for easy battery swaps and third party colorful and leather backs can significantly improve the look.

Read also: See Huawei Nexus 6P Detailed Review And Specs

Our only wish is that the phone WERE spritelier and stable--it's been on the market for two months AND Microsoft still clearly has work to do with Windows 10 Mobile AND related software. The hardware is fine, it's a matter of Microsoft getting the hiccups and bugs fixed.
[LATEST] Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Full Smartphone Review [LATEST] Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Full Smartphone Review Reviewed by FELIBRAIN on 08:10:00 Rating: 5

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