Old meets new: Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL vs Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 (specs comparison)

Old meets new: Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL vs Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 (specs comparison)
Microsoft this week announced the first high-end Lumia smartphones since the Lumia 930 - which, as you may know, was launched in mid-2014 as a Nokia-branded device. The new smartphones are the Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL, both running Windows 10 out of the box. While the two new handsets have a lot in common, they can be seen as successors to different devices: the Lumia 950 succeeds the aforementioned Lumia 930, and the Lumia 950 XL could pass as a successor to the Nokia Lumia 1520 - the very first extra-large, high-end Lumia smartphone, which was released back in November 2013.

Let's see how things have evolved for the Lumia brand under Microsoft by comparing the specs of the 950 and 950 XL to those of the Nokia Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520, respectively. Of course, for a proper look at the 950 and 950 XL we have to wait until November, when Microsoft will stat selling them. But, for a preliminary look, you can check out the comparisons below. It's worth mentioning that both the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520 will be updated to Windows 10, so, at least from the software point of view, they will be able to stand next to the newer and more advanced 950 and 950 XL.

Display

Size

5.0 inches
5.2 inches

Technology

AMOLED
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

70.78 %
69.77 %

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 8974-AA
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 MSM8992

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Hexa-core, 1800 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 418

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR3

Internal storage

32GB
32GB

OS

Windows Phone, 8.1
Windows (10 Mobile)

Battery

Capacity

2420 mAh
3000 mAh

Charging

 
Fast charging

Talk time

11.50 hours
the average is 17 h (1012 min)
23.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1012 min)

Stand-by time

23.0 days (552 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Talk time (3G)

15.50 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
18.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Music playback

86.00 hours
67.00 hours

Video playback

7.50 hours
10.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"
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), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps)

Recording format

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, WMV
 

Features

OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

1.2 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

5.39 x 2.80 x 0.39 inches (137 x 71 x 9.8 mm)
5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32 inches (145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm)

Weight

5.89 oz (167.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (181 g)
5.29 oz (150.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (181 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic

Biometrics

 
Iris scanner

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys
See the full Nokia Lumia 930 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.


Display

Size

6.0 inches
5.7 inches

Technology

IPS LCD
AMOLED

Screen-to-body

70.95 %
74.15 %

Peak brightness

600 cd/m2 (nit)
 

Features

Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass, Polarizing filter
Scratch-resistant glass, Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor

Hardware

System chip

Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994

Processor

Quad-core, 2200 MHz, Krait 400
Octa-core, 2000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A57 and ARM Cortex-A53, 64-bit

GPU

Adreno 330
Adreno 430

RAM

2GB LPDDR3
3GB LPDDR4

Internal storage

32GB
32GB

OS

Windows Phone, 8.1, 8
Windows (10 Mobile)

Battery

Capacity

3400 mAh
3340 mAh

Charging

 
Fast charging

Talk time

27.40 hours
the average is 17 h (1012 min)
25.00 hours
the average is 17 h (1012 min)

Stand-by time

32.0 days (768 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)
12.0 days (288 hours)
the average is 20 days (489 h)

Talk time (3G)

25.10 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)
19.00 hours
the average is 19 h (1110 min)

Music playback

124.00 hours
75.00 hours

Video playback

10.80 hours
11.00 hours

Camera

Rear

Single camera
Single camera

Main camera

20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)
20 MP (OIS, Autofocus, BSI sensor)

Specifications

Aperture size: F2.4; Focal length: 26 mm; Sensor size: 1/2.5"; Pixel size: 1.12 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), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (30 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
3840x2160 (4K UHD) (30 fps), 1920x1080 (Full HD) (60 fps), 1280x720 (HD) (120 fps)

Features

OIS, Video light
OIS, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing

Front

1.2 MP
5 MP

Video capture

1280x720 (HD) (30 fps)
1920x1080 (Full HD)

Design

Dimensions

6.41 x 3.36 x 0.34 inches (162.8 x 85.4 x 8.7 mm)
5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 inches (151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm)

Weight

7.37 oz (209.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (181 g)
5.82 oz (165.0 g)
the average is 6.3 oz (181 g)

Materials

 
Back: Plastic

Biometrics

 
Iris scanner

Features

 
Touch sensitive control keys

Buyers information

Price

$ 749
$ 649
See the full Nokia Lumia 1520 vs Microsoft Lumia 950 XL specs comparison or compare them to other phones using our Specs Comparison tool.

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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
Lumia 950
  • Display 5.2 inches 2560 x 1440 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 5 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 3GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh
  • OS Windows 10 Mobile
Lumia 930
  • Display 5.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB,
  • Battery 2420 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1
Lumia 1520
  • Display 6.0 inches 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Camera 20 MP (Single camera) 1.2 MP front
  • Hardware Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 2GB RAM
  • Storage 32GB, microSDXC
  • Battery 3400 mAh
  • OS Windows Phone 8.1

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