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

After over a year long hiatus, Microsoft is back in business with a new, high-end offerings in the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL. Quite frankly, what Microsoft did — saying no to premature updates to its premium line before Windows 10 for Mobile was ready to action — took some serious guts, and, we guess, the loyalty of some fans. But now that we've finally seen the end of the tunnel, it's time we judged whether what awaits on the other side was worth it.

Many of you will have already gotten themselves acquainted with the two new devices, but here's a quick rundown of the specs:

  • 5.2"/5.7" Quad HD OLED screens with Gorilla Glass 3 or 4 with the 950 and 950 XL, respectively
  • Snapdragon 808/Snapdragon 810
  • 20MP main cameras with triple LED flash and OIS, 5MP selfie cams across both models
  • 32GB of storage, expandable through microSD
  • Iris scanner with Windows Hello (Beta)
  • Windows 10 with Continuum (use the phones like a computer) through Display Dock
  • USB Type-C
  • 3,000mAh/3,340mAh cells with quick charging

Without meaning to influence your decision, we'll nevertheless note that this a competitive package on the whole. Do you think Microsoft delivered with it?

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

Neither impressed, nor disappointed
Absolutely not!

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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. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

disappointing on using AMOLED....the on screen buttons and live tiles will just burn into the screen and stays forever :(

2. bur60

Posts: 981; Member since: Jul 07, 2014

As far as I know Nokia (now microsoft lumia) always uses superior amoled which doesn't burn in that easily. About the phone, Absolutly!!! I pre-ordered the Z5 already in green, but if something is wrong with it in 2 weeks I'll swap it for a 950 pre order.

8. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

but sure the on screen button will.... the green z5 looks great too...still thinking of choosing this or the z5 premium ...

41. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

nope that will not happen i say it cause i got an one its like led tvs they dont burn that easily maybe in 3year or so you wont keep your phone that long for sure, but i think LCDs can also burn. anyway you dont need to be worried about amoled screens many use them and they are mostly better.

20. Bm888

Posts: 517; Member since: Jul 06, 2015

in deed Ms killed it ...stunning devices.. if it had android version of these it would be an option to Sammy loyalists

3. EC112987

Posts: 1215; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Spec wise they really did. My only issue is apps. I wish they had all the apps ios and android. But for the Windows lovers this is a step in the right direction.

12. camera531

Posts: 346; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

They really blew it with apps. The specs are great, but so are all flagships these days. Major staples, like Snapchat (arguably the most popular social app) are still missing, which is crippling to the platform. And how many people want to use their phones as their computers? Awesome feature, but will it really have real world use?

32. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

apps availability is the sad story about windows. Without popular apps, phone is just like a feature phone.

50. gazmatic

Posts: 808; Member since: Sep 06, 2012

snapchat is chit. I downloaded it to see what I was missing and it's basically crap. it's for 12 year olds. I cant believe people are still downing wp for lack of snapchat. the lack of banking apps I understand but snapchat? seriously?

4. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Oh yes they did deliver.

17. SamsungPhanboy

Posts: 765; Member since: Mar 31, 2015

They delivered, but they needed to put more thought into the design of the phones. It would be so cool to see a surface phone one of these days.

27. VVayne

Posts: 103; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Please tell me more sir. You must be an expert into mobile phone technology.

49. AnTuTu

Posts: 1612; Member since: Oct 14, 2012

He is a f**ckin troll.

64. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

What I'd love to see from Microsoft is this design: www.pcworld.com/article/2907539/this-fake-microsoft-surface-phone-is-the-flagship-smartphone-we-want.html The technology isn't there yet, but they're definitely on the right track, once it's truly killer and that advanced, the Lumia brand would just be for their midrange, we'll then have Surface Phone as the flagship of their SmartPhones. I can wait patiently. I believe in Panos Pannay's tremendous design skills and Nadella's outstanding leadership, Microsoft is on a roll :D

5. snowgator

Posts: 3621; Member since: Jan 19, 2011

Okay, so I admit to already being excited before the announcement. But, hey- let's let MS have a few days afterglow. It is like the week before the football season kicks off- everyone is undefeated. Do not ruin it yet.

10. Penny

Posts: 1851; Member since: Feb 04, 2011

Leaks revealed pretty much everything about the phones unfortunately. But I guess that allowed them to keep the Surface Book a secret. Only thing I found underwhelming was the lack of details about the phone in the presentation. What improvements exactly have been made to the camera other than improved OIS? Also find it a bit telling that they did not talk about Windows 10 Mobile software at all. That to me means that they are very far from where they wanted to be at this point in time, and don't have any real surprises to show. It was more or less what I expected. So definitely not disappointed, but not blown away either.

30. DoggyDangerous

Posts: 1028; Member since: Aug 28, 2015

yes, I want to know more details about the camera. Does it over sample the pixels in pureview mode? does it give 2mp and 5mp pureview shots? what about lossless zoom.

42. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

the new camera have a sensor size of 1/2.4 vs 1/2.5 apreture of f/1.9 vs f/2.4 so its quite an improvement. theres not much more about W10M MS already give tools to port andoid and ios apps to W10M instagram and facebook are going to realease thire universal apps there rumers about google making apps too so its only about time.

45. Plutonium239

Posts: 1215; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The liquid cooling of the phones blew me away.

65. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

Yeah, same here, I found it extraordinary that we now have liquid cooling in a device as tiny as a SmartPhone. Imagine the possibilities as extreme-performance Intel Chips scale down enough...yet another gate has been opened for a Surface Phone future :D

6. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Meh for me.

7. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

Does wp10 has a nfc chip, for payments ? (Like apple pay,)?

15. SK_WS

Posts: 46; Member since: Apr 17, 2015

NFC: Pairing, Secure NFC for payment, Sharing, Tagging (copy from microsoft)

9. Gemmol

Posts: 793; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

Where to preorder?

11. Hexa-core

Posts: 2131; Member since: Aug 11, 2015

Wish the could do and Ultimate Test Drive - like what Samsung did - to lure Android users in switching over to Windows Phone. oh well... WP is dying either ways.

13. Furbal unregistered

I'll be buying one day one. Selling a few other items this month...

14. ZeroCide

Posts: 813; Member since: Jan 09, 2013

Stupid Sprint better get the 950 XL. I doubt it though they are clueless.

58. dorian827

Posts: 161; Member since: Jul 28, 2012

With Sprint being a primary CDMA carrier like Verizon Wireless im certain you will not see the 950 or the 950 XL. Maybe a device like the Lumia 550 or 640 soon (high probability)

16. TyrionLannister unregistered

I'm kinda feeling meh. The phones sure are pretty good, but so are other phones. These phones offer nothing new. After 2 years of wait, I bet MS fans were expecting something much better, something to crush the other phones.

19. SirYar

Posts: 351; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

already knowing what the phones were like months before the reveal made it even more meh.

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