Microsoft 950 XL vs Apple iPhone 6s Plus vs Samsung Galaxy Note5: specs comparison

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Microsoft just announced its brand new 5.7-inch Lumia 950 XL, a new addition to its smartphone portfolio. The thing that truly captures in this device is the liquid cooling tech that aims to put the leash on the on-board Snapdragon 810 chipset and prevent it from over-heating, which is an issue plaguing it.

The Lumia 950 XL has a pretty good specs sheet, to say the least. We won't list all of the specs here, as these can be viewed by scrolling down. Apart from the raw technical data, you will certainly notice the two other rather notable headsets that we've also thrown in: the iPhone 6s Plus and the Galaxy Note5.

As we are curious to see how the three compare against each other. 

Display

Size

5.7 inches
5.5 inches
5.7 inches

Technology

Super AMOLED
IPS LCD
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

76.62 %
67.91 %
74.15 %

Peak brightness

 
500 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Pressure-sensitive, Oleophobic coating, Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Apple A9 APL1022
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

Processor

Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600
Adreno 430

RAM

4GB LPDDR4
2GB LPDDR4
3GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

64GB, not expandable
128GB, not expandable
32GB

OS

Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (14.x, 13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)
Windows (10 Mobile)

Battery

Capacity

3000 mAh
2750 mAh
3340 mAh

Charging

 
 
Fast charging

Talk time

 
 
25.00 hours
the average is 17 h (996 min)

Stand-by time

 
16.0 days (384 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 20 days (472 h)

Talk time (3G)

22.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
24.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Internet use

 
3G: 12 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
 

Music playback

64.00 hours
80.00 hours
75.00 hours

Video playback

15.00 hours
14.00 hours
11.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

16 MP (OIS, PDAF, CMOS image sensor, BSI sensor)
12 MP (Sapphire crystal lens cover, OIS, PDAF, BSI sensor)
20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 28 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.6"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
Aperture size: F2.2; Focal length: 29 mm; Sensor size: 1/3"; Pixel size: 1.22 μm
Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 2560x1440 (QHD), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD), 640x480 (VGA)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features

OIS, Continuous autofocus, Object tracking, EIS, Video calling
OIS, Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

5 MP
5 MP
5 MP

Video capture

 
 
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.03 x 3.00 x 0.30 inches (153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm)
6.23 x 3.07 x 0.29 inches (158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm)
5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 inches (151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm)

Weight

6.03 oz (171.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
6.77 oz (192.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)
5.82 oz (165.0 g)
the average is 6.5 oz (184 g)

Materials

Back: Glass; Frame: Metal
Back: Aluminum
Back: Plastic

Biometrics

Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)
Iris scanner

Features

Stylus, Touch sensitive control keys
Notification light
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

 
$ 949
$ 649



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Lumia 950 XL
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3340 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile
iPhone 6s Plus
  • Display 5.5 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 12 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Apple A9 2GB RAM
  • Storage 128GB, not expandable
  • Battery 2750 mAh
  • OS iOS 14.x
Galaxy Note5
  • Display 5.7 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 16 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 4GB RAM
  • Storage 64GB, not expandable
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Android 7.0 Nougat Samsung TouchWiz UI

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