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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL vs. iPhone 6S Plus – A Comparison Based On Specs

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Next month, Microsoft will launch its new flagships, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL phablet, which will run on Windows 10 Mobile OS out of the box. Their specs haven’t been confirmed, but many rumors and leaks gave us an idea about what to expect. Apple has kept its promise and brought its new iPhones (6S and 6S Plus), which come loaded with iOS 9.0. We’ll compare the phablet versions of both flagships in order to highlight the differences between them.

Designs and Displays

According to @Onleaks, which has posted a video of the Lumia 950 XL, the device will have a plastic body with flat sides and a rear camera bump, which will increase the thickness of the device by 1.1mm, from 7.8mm. The power, volume and camera buttons will sit on the right side, the headphone slot will be found at the top and the USB port will be on the opposite side. Also, the phone is rumored to have a height of 151.9mm and a width of 76.4mm, while the display will measure 5.7-inch and will be a ClearBlack display which makes use of Samsung’s AMOLED technology. The resolution is 2560 x 1440 pixels with 515 ppi, so it’s pretty sharp and the colors will be very vibrant.

The iPhone 6S Plus integrated the 3D Touch technology underneath the 5.5-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD Retina display with a Full HD resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at 401 ppi. The display is protected with Ion-strengthened glass and depending on the level of pressure applied to the screen, some actions will be launched, allowing the user to interact better with the device. The body of the iPhone 6S Plus is made of aluminum (7000 Series, more durable) and it measures 158.2 x 77.9 x 7.3 mm, resulting in total weight of 192 grams. Apple introduced a new color option, Rose Gold, which is adored by the female buyers.

Hardware

The Lumia 950 XL is expected to come with the usual Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor (the most powerful 64bit CPU from Qualcomm), but which has some heating problems. Microsoft will pair it with Adreno 430 graphics and 3GB of RAM, and we’ll wait for the benchmark results, once the device will be tested.

The iPhone 6S Plus runs on the latest Apple A9 dual-core 1.84 GHz processor, which is paired with PowerVR GT7600 six-core graphics and 2GB of RAM. In the Geekbench 3 CPU performance test, the A9 scored 2090 points in the single-core test, while in the multi-core test, it scored 3569.

The Lumia 950 XL will offer only one variant of internal memory of 32GB, which isn’t unexpandable. But the three storage options of the iPhone 6S Plus aren’t expandable either, and their capacities are 16/64/128 GB.

Cameras and Batteries

The resolution of Lumia 950 XL’s rear camera is higher at 20MP. Microsoft used the popular PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics and the supported features are OIS, dual-LED flash, dual capture, 1/2.5” sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size and 2160p video recording @30fps. As for the front camera, its resolution is 5MP, likewise that of the iPhone 6S Plus. The back camera of the latter phablet supports 12MP and it’s coupled with the following features: phase detection autofocus, OIS, dual-LED flash, HDR, simultaneous 4K video and 8MP image recording etc. The Lumia 950 XL is also able to shoot 4K videos.

The 3300 mAh battery which powers up the Lumia 950 XL is removable and supports fast charging, while the Apple phablet is using a non-removable 2915 mAh battery which lasts an entire day under normal use.

Pricing

The price of the iPhone 6S Plus starts at $749, while the Lumia 950 XL will be $100 cheaper.

Features

The Lumia 950 XL will come with a USB Type-C port, an iris scanner and an optional stylus pen, while the iPhone 6S Plus has a Lightning port and a fingerprint sensor.