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Lumia 950 vs. Lumia 950 XL – Which One To Buy?

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Microsoft kept its promise and released its pair of Lumia flagships, which run on Windows 10 out of the box. They have similar designs, with minor differences related to the physical button from the right side, the position of the speaker and the triple-LED flash, which is available on both phones. They have identical cameras, but the phablet has a more powerful processor and the price difference between them is only 100 dollars.

So, the Lumia 950 will cost $550, which means that the 950 XL will cost $650. But, let’s see if they’re worth their prices.

Designs and Displays

Both phones have a sturdy plastic back (white or black) with matte effect and on the right side are located the physical buttons. However, while the XL version has separated buttons for the Volume Up and Down, the smaller phone has these buttons merged. Also, there is another dedicated button for quickly launch the phone’s camera app, which is found on both models. Also, the Lumia 950 has the speaker on the right side of the camera and the triple-LED flash in front of it, while the Lumia 950 XL has the speaker in front of the camera and the triple-LED flash located on the outside of the lens.

The Lumia 950 measures 145×73.2×8.2mm and it weights 150 grams, while the XL measures 151.9×78.4×8.1mm and it’s 15 grams heavier. Both devices are fitted with an AMOLED display from Samsung, which supports a QHD resolution (1440x2560pixels), but the smaller model has a 5.2-inch screen with a higher pixel density of 564ppi, while the phablet uses a 5.7-inch screen with a pixel density of 518ppi.

Hardware

The Lumia 950 has a weaker Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 hexa core processor (two cores clocked at 1.82GHz and four cores clocked at 1.44GHz), while the phablet has the faster Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor (four cores clocked at 1.5GHz and four cores clocked at 2GHz), but both phones support 3GB of RAM and have an internal memory of 32GB, which can be increased up to 200GB.

Cameras and Batteries

As we were saying, the cameras are identical, meaning that they have the same resolutions and features. The rear camera supports 20MP and uses Carl Zeiss optics, PureView technology, OIS, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash and has a 1/2.4” sensor size and 1.12µm pixel, while the front camera is 5MP.

The larger model has, obviously, a bigger battery, and its capacity is 3,340mAh. The smaller Lumia model is settling for a 3,000mAh, which will last long enough.