Did Microsoft deliver with the Lumia 950 & Lumia 950 XL? (poll results)

Announced all the way back in April of 2014, the last Lumia flagship went without a heir for quite some time. That is, until last night, when Microsoft took to a stage in the US and unveiled two new successors: the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL.

Quite a bit is on offer with these, with both offering thorough, high-end specs sheets, but also a few novelties, including iris scanning with Windows Hello (Beta) and the ability to transform into a (nearly) full-fledged computer with the help of the puck-sized Display Dock. That one will allow you to hook up peripherals, like a USB mouse and keyboard, plus a monitor, to which the phone will stream 1080p signal. The resulting interface is nothing alike what you get on the phones themselves, and instead approaches the experience of Windows 10 Desktop — complete with familiar shortcuts such as alt-tabbing, CTRL+C, and CTRL+V.

It's an impressive feature set, and the closest we've been to breaching into true convergence territory, where our pocket devices finally have the processing power and brains to shape shift. So shortly after their announcement, we asked you whether you thought that the wait was worth it, and if Microsoft delivered with the Lumia 950 and 950 XL. The results are now in.

The vast majority of you (71.29%) say that the Redmont-based company absolutely did, with the opposite side (absolutely didn't!) managing just a measly 4.27% share. That's a resounding success in the eyes of participants. The remaining 24.43% votes are accounted for by folks who felt that Microsoft neither impressed nor disappointed with the new high-ends. Here's the proof:

Did Microsoft deliver with the Lumia 950 & Lumia 950 XL?

Neither impressed, nor disappointed
Absolutely not!

Related phones

Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, Hexa-core, 1800 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(18h 3G talk time)
Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7" 1440 x 2560 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 810, Octa-core, 2000 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh(19h 3G talk time)



1. Penhoat

Posts: 20; Member since: Oct 05, 2015

Yes they did, most definitely

32. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

without apps support, they didnt... like always, fan boys are voting they did... I must say they will, when they will launch full android and ios support

42. microsoftnokiawin

Posts: 1268; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

kinda of ironic how you're talking about fanboys !

2. wargreymon

Posts: 764; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Totally gonna try a used one of these when they hit a lower price.

3. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

Yes. For me it did... The specs were one thing but continuum is something else. I read Ubuntu did that too, years back, but they didn't survive the mainstream. With these I hope Microsoft gains respect, for the sake of Nokia.

25. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Ubuntu wasn't really anything like continuum, not to mention Linux isn't a maintream OS that devs get behind like Full Windows. I eagerly await the day when a phone can run full windows.

4. maverick786us

Posts: 159; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

Why cheap plastic? Why not premium metallic finish?

5. JackDiesel

Posts: 11; Member since: Oct 03, 2015

Removable back... They already partnered with a 3rd party that has premium backs and others companies can also make them. It's one of the benefits of having a removable battery.

9. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Don't forget better signal, better looks (no stupid antenna lines), better durability, etc. Everything has its advantages.

35. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

cheap aluminium lovers will never understand it

7. CalinToma

Posts: 2; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

It may not be that bad. I owe a lumia 1520 and its plastic polycarbonate back does not feel cheap at all. Actually is has a nice touch , maybe slippery but well build.

26. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The polycarbonate on my Lumia 1020 is neither slippery nor too grippy, its just right, and the poly has held up extraordinarily well in comparison with glass or aluminum.

12. nuldolor5x.com unregistered

I was planning to buy 950 XL on the first day of release before I saw this: Microsoft Lumia 950 XL single sim; Speed= HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat6 300/50 Mbps. Microsoft Lumia 950 XL dual sim; Speed= HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps. Then other competitors, Lenovo Vibe P1 dual sim as well; Speed= HSPA, LTE Cat4 150/50 Mbps premium metallic built with a 5000 mAh and fingerprint scanner just for $300, and $350 cheaper than the MS Lumia 950 XL. others like Moto X style, play, LG G4, etc. I think there is something a bit wrong with the pricing of the MS Lumia 950 and 950 XL. LG can testify to them when they launch the G4 at that ridiculous price. Microsoft would have gone for competitive pricing as well, that is about $450 for the 950 and $550 for the 950 XL or even lower. Few people are in windows phone and those that will want to buy this to try wouldn't be ready to shove away $650 just to give it a try. I think Microsoft should reconsider the pricing before the release of these devices, if not, it will not be long before the drop prices like LG did with the G4.

14. hemedans

Posts: 758; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

I saw how fast iris scanner work yesterday and i can tell you its way better than fingerprint scanner. About battery life, Lumia 1520 has 3400mah and vibe z has 4000mah but according to gsmarena Lumia 1520 has almost twice battery life compare to vibe z. I wont be surprised when 950xl beat 5000mah vibe P1 interms of battery life.

15. DFranch

Posts: 556; Member since: Apr 20, 2012

If you compare the 950 ($550) to the nexus 5x (32GB version $429), the 950 has 3GB ram vs 2Gb, Quad hd screen vs 1080p, wireless charging, expandible storage, removable battery, and a 20 MP camera with OIS which on paper at least should be superior. Worth the $120 difference IMHO. Now the 950XL compared to the Nexus 6p is a harder sell, as their specs compare more evenly. But I know several people who will pay extra for a removeable battery and expandable storage .

18. Mrmark

Posts: 400; Member since: Jan 26, 2013

You know that the 950 phone has 3gb ? I couldn't find that spec anywhere .. Source?

31. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Is it really that hard to search the name of the phone at top of this site and get to the specs part i mean REALLY???

22. Taters

Posts: 6474; Member since: Jan 28, 2013

The Nexus 5x is $499 Canadian for the 16gb vs 749 Canadian for Lumia 950. Huge price difference for me considering if I pick up one of these it's just for fun or an emergency backup. They should take a loss on these like they did on the Xbox until it was finally profitable.

17. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Because the Vibe is half the phone... Lesser screen No SD No Continuum Camera weaker Less Ram (no no in android land) Lower end Chip no dual antennae at that point just get a 640 Lumia and save 200 bucks...

30. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Lenovo vipe P1 hmm... No never hear of it Oneplus hmm... Yeah i hear about that never seen it not even in the market. And if you can't justify the process of 550$ & 650$ how do you justify Apple's and Samsung and Sony and HTC prices?

36. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

high price and lack of apps are deal breaker... microsoft is just keep talking about app porting but they are still in beta stage and far from launching it soon

38. Fellwalker

Posts: 538; Member since: Apr 04, 2014

Which dream are you living? Lenovo vibe P1 has Snapdragon™ 615 1.5GHz. That's WAY less than a 950.

34. Ashoaib

Posts: 3298; Member since: Nov 15, 2013

why premium plastic? why not cheap aluminium finish?

6. meanestgenius

Posts: 22262; Member since: May 28, 2014

Microsoft totally nailed it! The new Lumia's are great, and Continuum is a killer feature! I'm eager to see if the processor of the phones can handle prolonged use of the Continuum feature, especially since everything else that happens on the phone level (calls, messages, etc), will still be going on as well. All in all though, Microsoft did an awesome job. Bravo, Microsoft!

27. Plutonium239

Posts: 1232; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

That is likely why they developed a liquid cooling method for these phones, the likely need higher clockrates to achieve this continuum feature, which is why only these newer devices support it and the lumia 1520 doesn't.

37. meanestgenius

Posts: 22262; Member since: May 28, 2014

Agreed. That's likely the reason why.

8. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

What about W10 for older devices. When will it be available


Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Rolling out in December! Check Microsoft website!

11. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

They might gain dozens of new fans with this release.

13. rsiders

Posts: 1974; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

But still crippled by availability in which case I won't be able to get either one. Same old problems.

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