Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review – It’s Larger in More Ways Than One

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has a gorgeous 5.7-inch display, lots of storage, a pretty decent camera, and a clever liquid cooling technology. With this smartphone, Microsoft just raised the bar as to how large a handset can become. The company is focused on productivity, and the mobile phone delivers well for that purpose. It can even be said that it fits well in a better position as compared to its similarly large competitors.

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Review - It's Larger in More Ways Than One

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is Deemed as the “Ultimate Phone for Productivity”

The tech giant focused their efforts in making the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL a mobile device built for productivity, and they have not wasted their efforts. For starters, the phone’s dimensions can certainly help in that aspect as it has a 5.7-inch display (measured diagonally). This makes for a definite two-hander phone but it is meant for users to do a lot of things with this device so the size does compensate for that reasoning.

The extra room for the device enabled Microsoft to put more power-packed hardware within. Hence, the phone won’t heat up when making use of multiple apps or when using graphic intensive games.

The Lumia 950 XL looks very similar, even identical to its smaller sibling, the Lumia 950 (minus the slightly different rear camera housing). It also has the same matte white or black color offerings, and the polycarbonate material is still there. The volume, lock, and camera shutter buttons are even on the same placements (which are on the right edge of the device). Furthermore, there is the same USB-C port found at the bottom edge.

So is this a direct copy to the Lumia 950, but only larger? In terms of display, design, and camera performance, you’re not going to get any different from the smaller version. However, there are some upgrades to the XL that you can’t find on the regular 950. To start, the XL has the leading octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor. There’s also the extra cooling technology which helps the mobile phone in multi-tasking, especially through Microsoft’s Continuum Feature.

The phone also has 3GB of RAM which provides more than adequate memory to open multiple apps without much hassle. This ensures that the 950 XL can be a top contender to other high-flyers in the industry, including the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+.

Still, even though the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a “large” update to the 950, it still feels like it could do more than it should (given the size). It just feels like a small update to its smaller predecessor than what could be a great performer in the market.


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