In-Depth Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review-Bigger Than Ever
Microsoft has two smartphones which running Windows 10 and Lumia 950 XL is a big screen phone.
Windows Phone as a mobile OS has been struggling in recent months and years but can the launch of Windows 10 on phones save it? It’s a big task and part of the solution, from Microsoft’s point of view, is the Lumia 950 XL which is one of its two new flagship handsets.
With two phones to choose from in the Lumia 950 range, it’s no surprise that the bigger XL model is the more expensive option. It’s £529 if you buy from the Microsoft Store and it comes with a free Display Dock at the time of writing.
The Lumia 950 XL is pretty much just a bigger version of the regular Lumia 950. There are a couple of small changes like the camera module and placement of certain elements but in general its likeness is not really a good thing.
This comes off to give access to the battery and card slots but this isn’t much of a reason for the low-grade build. We have seen a stylish leather back which Microsoft has teamed up with Mozo for but this isn’t included and costs a hefty £34.99 from Mobile Fun.
For a big phone the Lumia 950 XL is pretty slender at 8.1mm and 165g, so it’s the basic design and plastic build which bothers us the most. Microsoft has even decided against offering bright colours so the 950 XL is available in just black and white.
If it’s screen size you want, the Lumia 950 XL is the right choice for you. At 5.7in you get an extra half inch compared to the regular model. Other aspects remain the same so you get a Quad HD resolution meaning the pixel density is slightly lower at 518ppi.
That’s not a noticeable difference and it’s up there with the top phablets around on the market. The AMOLED ClearBlack display provides amazing contrast, viewing angles and popping colours.
As well as a bigger screen, Microsoft has reserved the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 for the Lumia 950 XL so there is some more power on paper here with eight cores and a higher clock speed of 2GHz.
As you are likely aware of, Windows 10 is now the operating system across all devices including smartphones. There is no more Windows Phone but the interface is no huge departure from Windows Phone 8 so users will feel right at home.
Since the experience on the Lumia 950 XL is the same as the regular model but on a larger screen the following is mostly extracts from our Lumia 950 review in which we focused on key new feature of Windows 10 like Continuum, Windows Hello and Universal Apps.
Continuum is one of the main features here and it sounds odd but is basically the way that Windows 10 makes the most of what ever display it is on. Microsoft is pushing the ability of the Lumia 950 to be used with a monitor.
This can be done wirelessly but the Microsoft Display Dock is an easier and more reliable method. The little box plugs into the phone with a USB-C cable and has various ports including three USB ports, HDMI and DisplayPort. This means you can easily hook the phone up to a display with a keyboard and mouse and carry on using the phone while it’s plugged in.
The Lumia 950 XL is an attractive phone for those looking for Windows productivity thanks to features like Continuum and Universal Apps. It’s a good deal at the moment with the free Display Dock but he phone itself has nothing major going for it on the design front and simply offers a bigger screen and slightly better processor than the regular model.