Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review
Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review

It is clear that to let, nay, aggressively in the smartphone market top of the range the Lumia 950 XL, Microsoft had to bet much on its flagships, with software and hardware features that have always characterized Windows on one side and the other is from Office Lumia range and camera sharing, to try to establish itself in a market increasingly dominated by Android and iOS.


The aluminum seems not like at home: in fact, it has the same 950 Lumia XL reinforced plastic shell of its predecessors, with interchangeable cover, but nevertheless have a sophisticated and refined design.

The dimensions are contained at most for a phablet with 5.7-inch display “: 78.4 x 8.1 x 151.9 mm thick, in only 165 grams – which incidentally is well distributed over the entire surface.

The only hardware keys are placed on the right side and are four: volume rocker, camera and power on/off, and placed instead at about 3/5 of the display. The location is not optimal position: it happened more than once by accidentally pressing the volume rocker before we hand.

Complete the design an impressive circle at the back, where the camera with flash, a USB-C 3.5 mm jack at the bottom and at the top.

Quad HD display with Gorilla Glass 4

The display of Lumia 950 XL features a beautiful AMOLED Panel with 5.7-inch ClearBlack WQHD (2560 x 1400 pixels), TrueColor with depth to 24 bit and 518 ppi. The touchscreen is responsive to the use of nails and gloves.

ClearBlack technology, you can enable the ability to selectively turning on pixels, then some information like time and standby screen too notifications (glance).

The brightness is not the best: even at 100% is much less visible than other top of the line like iPhone 6S and LG G4. However, if you set the Auto mode, the actual brightness increases about twice and the contrast ratio offers a colour rendition and a definition that is unprecedented on Lumia.
Much quality hardware

Microsoft has exceeded: there is a very complete and powerful hardware on XL 950 Lumia. It starts with a Qualcomm Snapdragon SoC MSM8994 810 with octa-core CPU: 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 four core and four-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57, assisted by a GPU Adreno 430, 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB storage expandable via microSD up to 200 GB and 15 GB Skydrive cloud offering for free.

The sensor compartment is complete: ambient lighting, accelerometer, proximity, barometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and SensorCore, the latter a hardware/software package developed by Nokia in cooperation with Qualcomm, which is to better convey the sensors with the APIs available to developers (already present on Lumia 635, 830 and 930 Lumia Lumia).

The hardware works perfectly: the phone is fluid when opening apps, while recording video, using Continuum and even in multitasking.

Triple room with LED flash and 4 k video

The real killer-feature of this phablet is the camera: the rear has a 20 Megapixel sensor great 1/2.4 “with autofocus and capture key 6 objective lenses, digital zoom, biphasic, OIS (optical image stabilization), oversampling of the image focal opening f/1.9 and 26 mm focal length.

Lumia 950 XL can take macro photos up to 10 cm away from the subject and the natural flash is awesome: it is a triple LED flash which provides adjustment of illumination in post production directly in the photos app. In this way, by setting the automatic flash, the camera takes with the flash in most situations and you can decide to rear a level subject focus: more is focused, the more evident the flash illumination.

The front camera features a 5 MP camera with Full HD wide angle sensor focal f/2.4 aperture, and offers very good shots, with low noise and excellent image contrast, even in low-light conditions.

The videos are shot in 4 k from the camera back and in Full HD from the front, both at 30 frames per second: with the first, the details have been determined and brilliant frames even in low-light conditions, the autofocus is continuous, but not imperceptible as on iPhone 6S, LG G4, Galaxy 5 Galaxy and S6 Edge (Plus).

In any case, the four microphones available to create room-filling sound even under high ambient noise, the merits of technology Lumia Rich Recording: it has the feel of a movie, with just a smartphone.


Lumia 950 XL is ready for 2016: USB-C 3.1, 4.1 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi ac (even Multiple-Input-Multiple-Output, to increase the parallelism of data transfer), NFC, calls over Wi-Fi and even support for wireless connection with external monitors – no, Continuum is something else. And then there’s peer-to-peer and its support to LTE networks by category 6, with download speed up to 300 Mbps and upload speed of up to 50 Mbps.

Lumia 950 and 950 XL are the first smartphone with Windows preinstalled 10, thus inaugurating the new season Microsoft operating system convergence: the same identical functions and interfaces on different devices.

It has long talked about Windows 10 and news that introduces are many, but it need not be repeated: the most important aspect to be analyzed, and what could really change the overall rating of this Lumia 950 XL, is the app ecosystem.

The Store has grown over time and now offers more categories, more choice and a view that is closest to that of the AppStore and Play Store. The point is that apps continue to not be or, worse still, are there but have half the features of counterparties on iOS and Android. A simple example is Instagram, which is still in BETA and doesn’t allow you to post photos with new formats, but only 1:1. Or Evernote, which still has the same interface as last year and does not support handwriting. Or even Facebook, which gives synchronization errors with the book and with notifications. Not to mention Waze, which remained two years ago when charts updates on iOS and Android was completely redesigned. Not to mention the myriad of unofficial apps that after a while, naturally, end their platform support to which you link.

There is so much to talk about, – unfortunately – to criticize, but it’s not the fault of Microsoft. Or rather, in Redmond are trying to produce a tool that automatically convert the source code to app for iOS and Android app for Windows Mobile 10. Will be released in the coming months. At that point the difference compared to the past should show up, also because the hardware of this top of the range is ready to run Instagram, Evernote and all those apps that now only work fairly smoothly and fast.

Lumia 950 XL has a battery capacity of 3340 mAh replaceable, Rechargeable Wireless Iq and technology with rapid charge 50% in 30 minutes to ensure.
During the two weeks of testing, it is used mainly for instant messaging on Facebook Messenger WhatsApp, and Slack, Web browsing with Opera and Microsoft Edge, a few photos, reading mail with Outlook and about 30 minutes of calls with Skype, WhatsApp or cellular, arriving at night with about 30% charge remaining. It is definitely possible to get to two full days, but surely you can cover 16 hours a day without too much trouble.
Lumia 950 XL is really top of the line smartphone and has only two flaws, but they are tied together gravie: the killer-feature announced, Continuum, is postponed until a later date because there is an app that support it; It seems absurd, but the Store is still light years behind Play Store and App Store. Also, like iOS teaches, users are regulars with apps exclusively, their quality and for integration with other devices. In contrast, the perfect Office suite Skydrive works fine as always, Microsoft Edge is still filing but is on its way.
Microsoft is on the right track: Windows 10 will also be available in household appliances such as refrigerators with Windows Embedded and is already installed on more than 200 million computers, but without a wide base and quality app, Lumia 950 XL will little, apart from communicating and take great pictures, write papers about Word and respond to emails via Outlook.
The price of € 699 is commensurate to the specifications that Microsoft’s aspirations for this top model, but is too high compared to Android and iOS sibling counterparts, always for a speech by app. Fortunately, there are also special, lower Net over € 150.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Review

At Mobile World Congress 2015, Microsoft Corp. announced the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, two new smartphones that give people greater flexibility and freedom to choose when and where they want to do things. Both phones will be upgradeable to Windows 10, which provides technology XLmás Lumia 640 staff and increased productivity, and will be available this year. Both devices feature seamless integration between the essential characteristics of hardware – with the choice of screen sizes and capabilities camera- and Microsoft services, to provide incredible productivity at an affordable price.

Smartphones Microsoft Lumia 640 XL and 640.

With the Nokia Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, we are ready for everything – at work, at home, or while moving. We can:
• Access important documents or run web pages, games or popular applications quickly and smoothly, thanks to the 1GB RAM and powerful quad-core processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2 GHz.
• Enjoy photos and videos on a screen high-definition (HD) – either 5 inches in the 5.7-inch Lumia 640 or Lumia 640 in XL.
• Leverage all day with extended battery – 2500mAh for Lumia 640 and 3,000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
• Take photos with rich detail even in low light conditions, thanks to the camera of 8MP or 13MP Lumia 640 with ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both models feature LED flash and front camera for video calls via Skype, and the Lumia Camera application preinstalled.
• Take advantage of the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with Notification Center, Word Flow keyboard and dynamic folders (Live Folders). Users can also update their Lumia 640 and 640 Windows 10 and XL to enjoy its advantages when it becomes available later this year.
• Have the best of both worlds with support for LTE networks available in Dual-SIM models first. In addition, all models have Dual-SIM Dual SIM Smart to make sure you never miss a call.

The key features and improvements in Windows 10

Customers of Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will have access to new features and innovation of Windows 10 through Windows Insider Program, as well as upgrading to Windows 10 this year. The key features and improvements of Windows 10 include new Universal Applications (apps universal) such as Office, Mail and Calendar, and Photos; messaging services like Skype-and others based on the Internet- Protocol, integrated directly into messaging; a new browsing experience completely innovative Internet with the new browser Project Spartan; and extended integration of most personal assistant, Cortana.

Subscription to Microsoft Office for Windows Phones

The Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL also feature a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) in the Lumia as well as a PC or Mac , and a tablet; plus 1 TB OneDrive storage and 60 minutes of free calls per month with Skype Unlimited Worldwide.

Microsoft Lumia 640 price & availability

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL will be marketed worldwide in March and will be available in the colors cyan, orange and black with matte finish and white matt and gloss finish. The Lumia 640 will be sold from April cyan, orange and white, with gloss finish and matte black. Both the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL will be available at LTE variants (single-SIM and dual-SIM) and 3G dual-SIM. The Lumia 640 XL will also have variente single-SIM 3G. Prices will vary by market and operator. The Lumia 640 will have an estimated price of about 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model, before taxes and subsidies. The Lumia 640 XL will cost about 189 euros for the 3G version and 219 euros for LTE, before taxes and subsidies.