Microsoft Lumia 950XL Review along with Continuum Demo
The Microsoft Lumia 950XL is one of the latest flagship Windows Mobile 10 smartphones to enter the market. It comes with internal water cooling and top of the line Snapdragon chipset, it comes with IRIS recognition feature via Windows Hello. It also boasts of a nice Pureview camera which is capable of shooting 4K HD videos and also a nice selfie camera. So let’s begin our Microsoft Lumia 950XL review to see what all this device can do!
Microsoft Lumia 950XL specifications:
Design and Display:
As compared to Lumia 950, Lumia 950 XL stands out with a display of 5.7 inches, branding it as a phablet. Though initial devices had plastic build, but we are really impressed with 950 XL’s premium finish build out of plastic only. The front screen is protected with Gorilla Glass 4 which is prepared to save high-resolution AMOLED screen out of trouble. Breaking the barriers, Lumia has now also added customization options for back cover, batteries and Micro SD card. There is a dual sim version available as well which is like a breath of fresh air. The design being minimalist, but stylish doesn’t really seem fit the flagship price at which it is quoted. You may feel that the device is huge and bulky, but it really isn’t. Fit easily into your hand and doesn’t slip. At the front you can find 5MP front camera, the iris scanner, proximity scanner and ambient light. Two on-board mics are placed, one at the bottom and the other one at the top. The back side consists of a 20 MP camera. The top side has an audio jack and the charging point has been traditionally placed at the bottom.
The display specifications are same as Lumia 950, same AMOLED screen and Quad HD resolution. The pixel density stands out to be at 518 ppi. When you look at the screen from a side angle, the display gets a greenish color cast. The brightness settings are better on 950XL as compared to 950. We loved the sharpness of display and colorful display.
Software and Performance:
When it comes to software, Lumia 950XL is like a compact laptop with windows 10 features. It comes with an entirely new core which is pretty similar to one inside a laptop with all features of Windows 10. It is one of the strategies of Microsoft makers so that windows 10 apps can be integrated on all kinds of platforms. The home screen is still the same, but some modifications have been made to the tiles. The tiles can now give you latest updates, like twitter tile, can show the latest notification; mail will show recent mail etc. There is glance screen which is pretty sharp. When you wake up the phone, the display shows a digital clock, date and missed notifications. There is windows hello with iris recognition, which takes a little time to set up but once it does, you can’t get enough of it. The action centre helps you manage your notifications and apps on the screen, Microsoft Cortana as a digital assistant for all your needs. Lumia 950 acts like a laptop in your hands with Windows 10 in it.
Lumia runs on Snapdragon 810 chipset with a cooling agent to keep the heating issues at bay which were reported in previous devices. The Snapdragon 810 chip offers an octa-core processor, Adreno 430 GPU and 3GB of RAM. The CPU uses 4x 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57 & 4x 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 cores and coupled with the 3 gigs of RAM it should be perfect for multi-tasking and Windows Continuum.
Lumia 950XL comes with a 20 MP main camera and 5 MP front camera which perform really well. The main camera comes with a brand new PureView Sensor which can click sharp pictures at a go. There is an additional option of Rich Capture, which needs a little tutorial to understand. But once you do, there’s not turning back from detailed and crisp pictures. Lumia has really upgraded the camera quality from past few models and we are totally in love with the interface of the camera.
Here’s sample 4K footage taken from the Lumia 950 XL:
Lumia 950XL comes with a 3340 mAh battery. Keeping in mind the size and functionality of Lumia 950 XL, we thought that battery might drain easily. But it as a nice surprise to see that battery lived up to our expectations. It worked for almost 62 hours straight with normal to average usage. During heavy usage, the battery can easily last for 24-26 hours straight.
Here’s our Lumia 950XL hand on review video:
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