Windows dev publishes Microsoft Lumia 950 XL battery test, results look very promising

Windows dev publishes Microsoft Lumia 950 XL battery test, results look very promising
The Windows developer behind the Battery Super Saver app managed to get his hands on a demo version of the newest Lumia phablet. According to his Microsoft Lumia 950 XL battery test, the phone will come with very fast charging.

The video shows that the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL battery can go from completely dead to 50 percent charged in 36 minutes. The length of a full charge, from 0 to 100 percent, took only 1 hour and 39 minutes. 

Now, before discussing the implications of this test, please bear in mind that we cannot guarantee that the video was not faked. As you can see for yourself, it's not a one-shot take, and faking the results would have been a mundane task. We'll obviously repeat this test for ourselves once the Lumia 950 XL officially launches.


Although these are great numbers for any phone, they gain added importance when taking into account that the Lumia 950 XL comes with a rather large 3300 mAh battery. By comparison, the Samsung Galaxy Note5 and Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+, phablets that you can find near the top of our charging-time benchmarks, can fully charge their 3000 mAh batteries in 1 hour and 20 minutes. Considering the difference in battery capacity, the results are highly similar. 

When Microsoft unveiled its Windows 10 Mobile flagships, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL, the company said that the phones come with fast charging, but made no mention of the actual standard that the phones will support. As the two phones are based on high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chipsets, Microsoft could have easily implemented Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which is a standard that's also supported by the two Samsung phablets previously mentioned. With no word from Microsoft on the topic, nothing can be confirmed at this point.

Note that the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL was able to achieve this feat despite the fact that the display was on at 50% brightness throughout the duration of the test. What this means is, unless this video has been tricked, the phablet will actually charge even faster under normal circumstances.

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12 Comments

1. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

PA will say it takes 200 minutes for the phone to charge and will only last six hours of use. Watch.

2. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

"As the two phones are based on on high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, Microsoft could have easily implemented Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0 technology, which is the same standard used by the two Samsung phablets previously mentioned." Um, I hope you do know none of Samsung's flagships this year carry a Snapdragon processor and uses Samsung's own Quick Charge technology.

3. mihai.a

Posts: 47; Member since: Apr 15, 2015

Hi, thanks for the comment. The Samsung Galaxy S6 series support both Samsung’s Adaptive fast charging and Qualcomm Quick Charge 2.0. We've edited the post to reflect that Quick Charge 2.0 is not the only fast charging standard supported by the 2016 Samsung flagships. http://www.samsung.com/ie/support/skp/faq/1074414

5. kent-gaga

Posts: 609; Member since: Apr 10, 2012

i read somewhere that Samsung's quick charge tech is based on qualcomm's QC 2.0, just under a different name actually, and they perform pretty much the same

8. rd_nest

Posts: 1656; Member since: Jun 06, 2010

It gives similar result, but tech is slightly different. Samsung uses Qnovo's tech. http://www.qnovocorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Qnovo-Intro-Adaptive-Charging.pdf

6. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

I read that adaptive fast charge, turbo charge, quick charge are all just the same in technology.

7. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Nope its the same technology as QC 2.0 maded by Qualcomm only with different name.

9. McLTE

Posts: 922; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

Why not correctly title this article so it reflects the contents.. CHARGING. The majority of people will read this and think.. ohh. how long will it last. NOPE, it's charging time. CLICK BAIT. Nothing even revolutionary here. The charging times are consistent with the latest fast charging phones. golf clap.

10. asnair

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 22, 2015

This is definitely nothing that will attract people to lumia 950. I am owning a Sony Ericsson Xperia Neo V which I bought in April 2012. The phone still goes from dead to 100% in close to 2 hours. Usually I plug it in when it is around 15% and it reaches 100% within 90-95 minutes. That is like 1% every minute. However I am looking forward to own a lumia 950 due to some of its other features.

11. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The test results look good the MS Lumia 950/950XL series smart phones will be true Flagship windows 10 mobile smartphones however as a Verizon customer and a Windows smart phone owner user I am in bad shape because Verizon has no Microsoft lumia flagship smartphone for me to upgrade to from a Nokia lumia 928. Verizon is so stuck on Apple iphones and Android smartphones that Verizon Windows smart phone fans/users will have to go to AT & T to get good Microsoft flagship quality smart phones. This Stinks to High Heaven. Since Verizon does not want to buy and sell Microsoft lumia flagship smart phones I hope Verizon allows microsoft to sell them and then Verizon gives the buyer activation and a service plan so they can make money on a Verizon network capable Microsoft Lumia smart phone.

12. Plutonium239

Posts: 1231; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

AT&T, and T-Mobile(since T-Mobile uses the same bands). The international version may support Sprint, depending on if Sprint blocks it like Verizon.

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