Microsoft Lumia 950 XL in the Test

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is so expensive like an iPhone, but only inside a simple plastic housing. Can it go well? We have the Windows 10 Smartphone in the test.

  1. Microsoft Lumia 950 XL in the test
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Despite the cumulative Smartphone expertise learned at Microsoft in Nokia takeover, the connoisseur when looking at the new flagship of the Windows, feel that the software giant in the manufacture of phones lack the experience creeps over 950 XL. Anyway, old hands like Apple, Samsung, or Sony would not put their top devices in a simple plastic housing.

A buyer who has spent just 700 euros for a Smartphone, would like to see mirrored this price but also in his hand. The opposite is the case with the 950 XL, the matte plastic is haptic no treat. For this, the back can be pull off completely so that you can change the battery. Which will no doubt please many users, is the integrity of the casing at the expense, because the body acts like a unibody Smartphone not as stable and closed.

Windows is made for OLED

Technically, Microsoft offers, however, Deli: the 5.7-inch display is a real treat. The relatively low brightness of 324 candela is normal for an OLED. This technology also a high dynamic range and colors – are what constitutes the surface tiled look of Windows 10 mobile especially in scene. On the Lumia 950 XL is still the high resolution: 2560 x 1440 pixels ensures a fantastic representation in connection with the above-mentioned factors.

The good impression continues with the camera. The Lumia models by Nokia were known for great image quality, and the 950 XL remains committed to this tradition. With optical image stabilizer, 6 lens optics by Zeiss and triple-LED Flash, it provides the most other smartphone snapping in the shadows, only in low light a Galaxy S6 and an iPhone 6s a tad bit are better. A shutter for the camera but is missing these models.

The Lumia you must press only briefly 950 XL to to activate the camera preview from the stand-out, a further pressure shoots a photo almost instantly. Quickly, the feeling comes up to keep a proper camera in hand, especially since the video quality is true. Less the 5-megapixel front camera, which is not particularly bright we liked.

The remaining equipment is almost completely. Microsoft is one of the few manufacturers that already use type C on USB. The successor standard micro-USB offers not only higher data throughputs, the plugs are also symmetrically designed as Apple’s lightning interface and can be plugged so on both sides. The Wireless charging standard Qi dominated the 950 XL also.

Missing we have above all a fingerprint sensor that is standard in this price class actually next to an infrared interface. Microsoft instead tried the unlock via iris-scan, with a separate camera above the display captures the eyes of the user. What promises as much security as a fingerprint, in theory fails in practice at a catastrophic rate of detection. At the current time this is “Windows Hello” called function not usable.

Huge potential

The high speed with which the camera reacts, is already an indication that a high-performance processor is installed. Qualcomms 8-Kerner Snapdragon 810 makes steam the system properly, it copes easily even graphics-intensive applications. The computing power is enough even for much more: Microsoft’s display dock (90 euros) connects the Lumia 950 XL, can you pair your phone with an external keyboard, a mouse and a monitor and turn into a Mini-PC in a few seconds. The display dock acts as a port interface for HDMI, DisplayPort and USB.

Windows then automatically adjusts 10 mobile on the monitor format the appearance. Also apps support this mode, if they are properly programmed. This is currently especially when Microsoft apps such as Outlook and Office of the case. Microsoft calls this PC function “Continuum”. It has still not mature, has enormous potential but and is an absolute USP of 10 Windows Mobile.

Disappointing endurance

The radio properties are good across the Board up very well, which is no surprise given the plastic housing. The disappointing endurance ensures amazement: only 5:10 hours in the standard connect-use mix we had not expected mAh a battery of 3340. In the upper class that is 950 XL last.

Our measurements show that electricity consumption to increase exorbitantly when content on the display – an indication that Microsoft has the energy management of the 2K-Displays not so good to the touch like Samsung, whose 2K-Phones not have to struggle with such peaks. This costs many points, so that the 950 XL 10 clearly missed a placement in the top. It’s a pity we had given it the Windows flagship.