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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review

The Good: Amazingly sharp and vivid display. The phone is really powerful and features a solid camera. Expandable storage.

The Bad: The Lumia 950 XL's design feels a bit plasticky. The app selection for Windows phones (especially apps that can make use of this powerful hardware) is still extremely limited.

The Verdict: The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has all specs you'd want from a high-end phone, but unfortunately the Windows 10 offers no good reasons to switch from Android or iOS.

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Design and Build Quality

Unlike most high-end smartphones these days, the Lumia 950 XL has a plastic back panel that is removable and feels a bit flimsy at times. The design is relatively simple and not that attractive, but it's not bad either.

Software and User Experience

The Lumia 950 XL is running the latest mobile operating system from Microsoft - Windows 10, and while it's a decent upgrade from the Windows 8 Mobile, it still suffers from the same problem — lack of apps. Unfortunately, unless Microsoft comes out with a top-selling phone, this won't change anytime soon. The phone features powerful internals, which make sure the phone is running smoothly at all times.


The 20MP rear camera is capable of taking some great shots with vibrant colors, even in low light situations. It can also shoot video in 4K, which is always a big plus.

Technical Specifications:

  • Display: 5.7 inches (2560x1440 pixels)
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 and 2.0 GHz quad-core Cortex-A57
  • Memory: 3GB
  • Storage: 32GB (expandable via microSD)
  • Camera: 20MP + 4K video recording
  • Battery: 3,340mAh
  • OS:    Microsoft Windows 10
  • Dimensions: 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm (5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 in)


Unless you're a die-hard Windows fan, you'll probably have a better mobile experience from operating systems like Android or iOS. With that said, the Lumia 950 XL is a pretty good phone with a nice set of features, but unfortunately the lack of quality apps makes it hard for us to recommend this high-end phone.

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