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Lumia 950 XL vs Samsung Galaxy Note 5 – Which Phablet Is The Best?

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Samsung has changed its style radically, ditching the cheap looking plastic in favor of glass and metal. The Note 5 was officially released on August 21 and it’s almost identical to the Galaxy S6, only that it’s larger and features an S Pen stylus. The Lumia 950 XL will make its appearance soon, under the codename of Cityman. More information about both phablets you’ll find below.

Designs

The previous Note 4 looked a lot like its successor, featuring faux leather back, but without the fake stitching on the edges, while the plastic frame painted in silver was replaced by a metal frame. The Note 5 has a metal and glass design, the corners are a bit sharper and the color options are Black Sapphire, White Pearl, Gold Platinum and Silver Titan. It looks a lot like a larger Galaxy S6, measuring 153.2×76.1×7.6 mm, it weights 171grams and features a fingerprint scanner hidden inside the home button, which is placed below the screen.

The Lumia 950 XL has a matte plastic body (flat back) with sharp corners, but its dimensions haven’t been specified yet. In the leaked images, we haven’t seen any metal frame running around the edge, but the rear camera has large black circular lenses.

Displays

Both phones have screens sized at 5.7-inch with the same resolution (1440 x 2560 pixels), but the Note 5 uses a Super AMOLED display built by Samsung, while the Lumia 950 XL sports an OLED panel.

Hardware

Samsung didn’t work on a newer chipset and used the one from the Galaxy S6: Exynos 7420, which was built using a 14nm process. The are two quad core processors powering up the device: a 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 and a 2.1 GHz Cortex-A57, which pair with Mali-T760MP8 graphics and 4GB of RAM (the Galaxy S6 has 3GB of RAM). For the first time, Samsung took the controversial decision to ditch the microSD card slot, so the storage options are restricted to 32 and 64GB.

The Lumia 950 XL will come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 chipset, also with two quad core processors that are slightly weaker: 2GHz Cortex-A57 and Cortex-A53, 64-bit, clocked at 1.5GHz. The device uses Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM and has an internal memory of 32GB, which can be expanded up to 128GB.

Cameras

Note 5’s rear camera is 16MP and it’s accompanied by features such as OIS, autofocus, LED flash, HDR and 2160p video capture at 30fps, while the front camera was upgraded from 3.7MP to 5MP.

The Lumia phablet will be equipped with a 20MP PureView rear camera with Tricolor LED flash and a 5MP Wide-angle front facing camera.

Batteries

The Note 5 has a smaller battery than its predecessor, whose capacity is 3000mAh, and according to the browsing test, it lasts 19 hours and 43 minutes.

The Lumia 950 XL will have a battery of 3300 mAh which will be support Qi charging.