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Lumia 950 XL vs. Moto X Pure Edition – Two Flagship Phablets Trying To Win Your Heart

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Both Microsoft and Motorola have released a pair of smartphones with different screen sizes and specs, but identical designs. We’re talking about the Lumia 950 and 950 XL phablet which are identical on the outside, but have different internal specs, and the Moto X Pure Edition, which is the phablet version, and the Moto X Play. In this article, we’ll focus on the large models and we’ll compare their specs.

Designs And Displays

The Lumia 950 XL comes in black and white colors and its back is made of matte plastic, with a protruding circular camera with a large black lens. The dimensions of this phablet are 151.9×78.4×8.1mm, resulting in a total weight of 165grams, as for the screen, it measures 5.7-inch and it’s an AMOLED with a QHD resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 518ppi.

The Moto X Pure Edition, also known as Style, has a plastic back, as well, but its surface has an interesting texture – diagonal lines, for a better grip. The color of the back, as well as the material, can be customized on the Moto Maker website, where you can find other color options for the metal frame and vertical strip from the back side, which contains the camera and logo. This phone is water resistant and measures 153.9×76.2×11.1mm, while its weight is 179grams. The screen has the same size and resolution, but it’s an IPS LCD and its pixel density is higher at 520ppi.

Hardware

Both devices come with 3GB of RAM and microSD card slots for expanding the internal storage, but while the Lumia 950 XL offers a capacity of 32GB which can be increased up to 200GB, the Moto X Pure Edition offers three variants of 16/32/64 GB, which can be expanded up to 128GB.

The Lumia 950 XL has the latest and most powerful Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 octa core processor consisting of a quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53 CPU and a quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57 CPU which is backed by Adreno 430 graphics. The Moto X Pure Edition features the previous and weaker Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808 processor with a dual-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A57 CPU and a quad-core 1.44GHz Cortex-A53 CPU with Adreno 418 graphics.

Cameras And Batteries

The Lumia 950 XL has a 20MP rear camera using the popular PureView technology and Carl Zeiss optics and some of the included features are OIS, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash, 1/2.4′ sensor size and 1.12 µm pixel size. The Moto X Pure Edition features a 21MP rear camera with dual-LED (dual tone) flash and phase detection autofocus, and likewise its rival, it can record 2160p videos @30fps, both devices have a front camera of 5MP, but the Motorola phablet offers LED flash for allowing the users to take high quality selfies in low light conditions.

The Lumia 950 XL comes with a larger battery of 3,340 mAh with a built-in fast-charging mechanism, the Moto X Pure Edition supports a 3,000 mAh battery with Turbo Charger which delivers 8 hours of battery life in just 15 minutes of charging.

Prices

The Lumia 950 XL costs $649, with $100 more than the 32GB variant of the Moto X Pure Edition, on the 16GB variant you’d pay $399, while the 64GB variant costs $499.