Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950XL Review


Welcome to the Nokia Lumia 950 and 950 XL review. The Lumia 950 was released over the Christmas 2015 break and a welcome addition to very small Lumia lineup. We counted 6 models the last time which is fine although the specs don’t truly differ much until the 950 and 950XL release! The Lumia 950 and 950XL are also assumed to be the top range phone in the lineup which is an interesting assumption. The 950 XL has the larger screen but the same internals.

In terms of construction the Lumia 950 is very well made. It should be simple since there are only two parts and that includes the removable back cover which hides the replaceable battery, SIM and microSD expansion. Clearly the 950 and the larger screen 950 XL are not premium to hold but replacing the rear with custom cover will help immensely with in the look and feel department. Since 99% will purchase some sort of cover for the phone it’s a kinda of practical and reduces construction costs. Regardless it is a short fall considering how much the Lumia 950 or 950XL models costs.

In terms of hardware specifications the Lumia 950 and 950 XL has the lot – multiple CPUs and separate GPUs, AMOLED displays and better then 1080p HD screens with pixel densities that exceed andy Apple or Samsung has to offer, only the Sony Z5 have better resolutions and densities. Standout features include and Iris scanner and even and still useful FM RDS radio!  The best feature is of course the 20MP camera. There are plenty of side by side comparisons of the camera and video quality and the 950 or 950XL to us is the most consistent and realistic results and probably the best out of all current phones. Apart from that the other killer feature is that you can get Dual-SIM versions!

In terms of use, like all Windows phones the Lumia 950 and 950 XL runs the latest Windows 10 and yes it is a significant visual upgrade from the version 8 that came before. The difference is that the interface is simple to use, genuinely looks professional aka a genuine graphics designer did. Makes iOS and Android look a little toy like. Using Windows Phone is very similar to the desktop version but closer to the tablet mode version. The interface is genuinely buttery smooth even with the data sucking ‘widgets’ or live tiles accessing data.

To conclude we like the Lumia 950 and 950XL but there are two things that let the side down 1-the case but clearly that can be rectified and customised. 2 – Then there is still the shortage of Apps but then most can be accessed through the web browser. Both are great phones and easily recommended better than the competition is many regards if you can afford them.


  • Microsoft Lumia 950
  • Network
    Penta-band GSM
    Penta-band 3G & 4G & LTE.
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L145 x W73.2 x D8.2 mm
  • Weight 150 grams
  • Display/s
    5.2 inch External 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera
    Main – 20MP Face – 5MP
  • Video Camera
    2160p HD @ 30 fps main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Dual-Core1.82 Quad core CPU 1.44 Ghz
    Adreno 418 GPU
  • Memory
    Up to 32 Gig on board
    Up to Unlimited cloud storage
    Up to 200GB MicroSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    DUAL-SIM, wireless charging,
    USB Type C connector.
    MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint
    A-GPS, GLONASS, Accelerometer
    HERE maps Free off-line navigation
    FM Radio with RDS
  • Power
    Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
    Up to 12 days hours Standby
    Up to 23 hours Talk Time
  • Price history Lumia 950
    Approx $950 AUS 2016 (Outright)
  • Price history Lumia 950 XL
    Approx $1100 AUS 2016 (Outright)