Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Apple iPhone 6 vs Samsung Galaxy S6: specs comparison

Microsoft has finally announced a new flagship — well, two flagships — after a long, long absence from the top-class smartphone market. And, let's be fair, the Windows platform may not be as popular as Microsoft would want it to be, but if you're going to put out a high-rank device, it had better be up to par. Thus far this year, we've seen some hard-hitters, in the face of Samsung's Galaxy S6 series, the new Xperia Z5 devices, and Google's Nexuses, not to mention the update of Apple's iPhone 6 – the iPhone 6s.

So, with that being said, let's check out how the Microsoft Lumia 950 stacks up against two of the market leaders – the Apple iPhone 6s and Samsung Galaxy S6. Of course, that's just a preliminery look – we can't wait to get some in-depth time with the new devices!

Microsoft Lumia 950 vs Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Apple iPhone 6s


Display size

5.2 inches
5.1 inches
4.7 inches


1440 x 2560 pixels
1440 x 2560 pixels
750 x 1334 pixels

Pixel density

565 ppi
577 ppi
326 ppi



Screen-to-body ratio

69.77 %
70.48 %
65.71 %

Peak brightness

500 cd/m2 (nit)



Single camera
Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20 megapixels
16 megapixels
12 megapixels

Hardware Features

Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Optical image stabilization, Autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)
Sapphire crystal lens cover, Phase detection autofocus, Back-illuminated sensor (BSI)


Aperture size: F1.9; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.4"; Pixel size: 1.12 μm
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

Video recording

3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (120 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (240 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.264
MPEG4, H.264


Optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Continuous autofocus, Picture-taking during video recording, Video light, Video calling
Time-lapse video, Continuous autofocus, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing


5 megapixels
5 megapixels
5 megapixels

Video capture

1920x1080 (Full HD)
2560x1440 (QHD) (30 fps)



5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32 inches (145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm)
5.65 x 2.78 x 0.27 inches (143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm)
5.44 x 2.64 x 0.28 inches (138.3 x 67.1 x 7.1 mm)


5.29 oz (150 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
4.87 oz (138 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)
5.04 oz (143 g)
the average is 6.1 oz (174 g)


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


Iris scanner
Fingerprint (touch)
Fingerprint (touch)


Touch sensitive control keys
Touch sensitive control keys, Notification light

Hardware & Performance

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992
Samsung Exynos 7 Octa 7420
Apple A9 APL0898


Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit
Octa-core, 2100 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit, 14 nm
Dual-core, 1840 MHz, Twister, 64-bit


Adreno 418
Mali-T760 MP8
PowerVR GT7600




Windows (10 Mobile)
Android (7.0 Nougat, 6.0 Marshmallow, 5.1 Lollipop, 5.0 Lollipop), Samsung TouchWiz UI
iOS (13.x, 12.x, 11.x, 10.x, 9.x)



3000 mAh
2550 mAh
1715 mAh



Talk time

23.00 hours
the average is 20 h (1174 min)

Stand-by time

12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)
10.0 days (240 hours)
the average is 20 days (491 h)

Talk time (3G)

18.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)
14.00 hours
the average is 23 h (1387 min)

Internet use

3G: 10 hours; LTE: 12 hours; Wi-Fi: 12 hours
3G: 10 hours; LTE: 10 hours; Wi-Fi: 11 hours

Music playback

67.00 hours
57.00 hours
50.00 hours

Video playback

10.00 hours
13.00 hours
11.00 hours

Shopping information

MSRP price

$ 849



2. mawi2013

Posts: 67; Member since: Oct 18, 2014

S6 > Lumia > 6S

3. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

At least 6s is better overall man ... Look at 950 design even old 930 is hell alot better looking than this thing

5. Johnnokia

Posts: 1158; Member since: May 27, 2012

Because 930 was designed by Nokia

9. htainlintha

Posts: 73; Member since: Mar 20, 2010

Oh crap you choose your phone upon their looks!now i know sth is wrong here lol :)

6. faptastic

Posts: 65; Member since: Aug 19, 2014

Missing Lumia features like 4 HAAC mics, sunlight/polarization filter on the screen and super sensitive touch. And a few more. With all that, especially iPhones should be embarrassed as they are more expensive even.

8. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

This is why I'm keeping my 930 and 1520

7. FrankUnderwood2

Posts: 243; Member since: Oct 01, 2015

Paul K. , you must be so tired writing all these "Specs comparison" articles in one day. Go to bed buddy, we will see you tomorrow. No body is gonna leave you after a good night sleep. :-)

10. Ahovking

Posts: 711; Member since: Feb 03, 2015

Love how everyone is saying the iPhone comes last even tho despite its last year specs out benchmarks all of these devices.

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