Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: Test of the First Windows-10 Smartphones

Test verdict: What you should know

Long smartphones are touted as a computer in your pocket, but never before a manufacturer has thought so consistently these thoughts to end such as Microsoft with the 950 XL. For simpler tasks or video screenings it can replace even the PC. But also as a mobile shooting thanks to strong display and one of the best smartphone cameras ever back to the top. Disadvantage: The battery life is mau. Best price on the Internet: 279.00 euro * per device order this product at Amazon with accessories as Windows-10 PC usable sharp display high speed memory expandable battery replace Wireless charging integrated unlock via iris-scan against poor battery life tenuous UMTS reception mark of editorial 2.19 well user rating (from 3 reviews) for almost two years Microsoft had resisted the competition for new top smartphones. That deadline is now: with the Lumia presented in autumn 950 XL and the little brother of Lumia 950 is Microsoft back in the ring. In addition to strong hardware, the operating system plays an important role here: the two Lumias are the first smartphones with installed Windows 10 mobile, the cheap Lumia 550 should follow shortly thereafter. Our site wanted to know: what does the new smartphone flagship Lumia 950 XL? And how it benefits from Windows 10?

 

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First update: finally no provider-restraint?

 

Shortly after the delivery of the first devices, Microsoft has shipped a first official mini update: Windows mobile for 10 10586.29 fixes some issues of detail, as with Bluetooth. Special Note: Apparently Microsoft Windows 10 has mobile finally found a way, deliver timely updates without brakes by the provider. Since the update to version 10586.29 not successfully play on some devices, Microsoft has withdrawn for the time being it. On the test devices in the Newsroom, but easily ran the update.

Lumia 950 & 950 XL: Windows-10 smartphones

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The technique? Tip!

 

The developed technique, it can record the 950 XL with the best Android Smartphones: the 5.7 inch display is crisp-sharp, has just as many pixels as the Galaxy S6 and is sharper than any iPhone 6 S plus or iPhone 6S. And as the latest generation of Galaxy the screen has enormous contrast and brightness reserves, so it can still read in the Sun. The pace of work is very decent on both devices. Nominally processor performance at Lumia is 950 XL (Snapdragon 810 with eight cores) than in the smaller Lumia 950 (Snapdragon 808 with six cores), in everyday life but there is no real difference though much more noticeably.

Lumia 950 or 950 XL?

 

Who must choose between two models of 950, should fasten that especially on the basis of size. The Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7-inch screen, the smaller Lumia is a touch larger than the display in the Galaxy S6 5.2 inches. To use the entire screen area, but must hide the toolbar by wiping from the bottom of the display and show again if necessary with the same gesture. That’s some getting used, but has a further advantage in addition to the increased usable display area: it prevents the accidental triggering of Cortana button in your pocket.

The camera: Also good in low light

 

The 20 mega pixels camera scores well in the test: both Lumias take really good pictures not only during daylight hours and achieve the vision test score as first Smartphones also in low light well. Thus the new Lumia smartphones are daylight photos just behind the test scores of the Moto X style and Moto X play. In low light, they are currently the best smartphones. This applies to pictures without and with Flash, three different colored light-emitting diodes provide natural lighting for Flash. Also the combination of optical and digital image stabilization helps in low light.

 

Finally Microsoft has gotten on earlier models such as the Lumia 930 slow shutter lag in the handle: the Lumia 950 XL raises almost as fast as the iPhone 6s and a tick faster than the iPhone 6S plus. The video quality (including 4 K) is similar to good as the new iPhones. The slow motion function is not nearly as convincing as in Apple: 60 frames per second instead of 240 at the iPhone 6S.

Why a Windows-10 cell phone?

 

Good technology is also under Android. But what advantages does Windows 10? Compared to the older Windows phone system, the new version offers a number of practical innovations ever. But only the two new top models to exploit the potential of Windows 10 on the phone. That slumbers in the little Darling, a PC the OTG adapter used in the test at Amazon you can already if it infects devices via a USB-OTG adapter to the USB port on C suspects here. After short beep, keyboard, mouse, USB flash drive or even a USB headphones as on the PC work. Printing via Wi-Fi works, such as Word.

Continuum: The Lumia as PC

 

Really kissed awake but is the PC-power in the Lumia, when to it via the Microsoft display Dock docking station (109 euros for buyers of Lumia 950 XL up to end of January 2016 free) connects to PC monitor, keyboard, and mouse. Then, continuum is active: on the PC monitor, the phone shows the Windows-10 surface familiar from the PC. Apps such as Outlook, Word, Excel automatically switch to the full widescreen layout. For sporadic work or the demonstration video on the monitor, the power ranges of Lumias. The mobile phone can be optional or parallel use touchpad as independent from the PC interface for telephone calls, text messages, and more.

 

The only catch: the Office apps on the phone are slightly limited in functions, Excel approximately open tables with the older Visual Basic technology. And normal Windows-PC programs such as Firefox or Office 2016 does not run. Good for occasional users: even without display dock you can use continuum. Who has a current TV with Miracast-radio or a fire-TV adapter to the TV, can also wirelessly connect, connect the mobile mouse and keyboard via Bluetooth. Videos, then sometimes jerky transmission.

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First mobile phone with iris-scan

 

Besides continuum, the new Lumia-950 models have another function, that so far there was no: an iris scanner that is attached in the form of a second camera on the front side. After recently learning to a gaze into the camera ranges instead of a password to unlock the mobile phone screen. In the test that worked after some getting used to pretty well, even with glasses, and thanks to infrared technology even in the dark. Somewhat annoying but: The unlock worked only if the test subject far tore open the eyes right in front of the front-facing camera. Also appears often closer move!, if it is more than about 30 centimetres from the mobile phone.

 

Who wants to pick the lock, must be considerable effort and next to the iris of the user copy the face shape. As already the fingerprint sensor in the iPhone 6 the new Microsoft system cannot distinguish in principle between artificial biometric attempts to deceive and real live people. So the iris-scan in the laboratory settled with 3D-Wachsfiguren of historical people to learn and perform. So, it is not to exclude that it can succeed a scammer to bring the real Queen Elizabeth on her wax figure copy iris pattern and unlock the Royal phone so. In practice, the effort is very high, so that the iris scan definitely offers more safety than free view and erratbare digit codes.

Weaknesses in battery and reception
The laboratory test revealed but also weaknesses: so is the battery life of the Lumia 950 XL, especially given the large capacity of 3,270 mAh anything but exhilarating. With nine hours and 13 minutes, it is even still particularly high standby consumption was slightly below the the iPhone 6, connected with one also by other Snapdragon-810 smartphones known heat development. Maybe Microsoft can get a few minutes more via software update. The heat development of the Snapdragon-810 processor is known but also of other smartphones. Problem: Overheating is too strong, throttles the processor performance. Because that would be especially in the continuum operation of disadvantage, where performance is required and the plug-in power supply unit Additionally heats up the mobile phone, the Lumia 950 XL as the first smartphone at all has a Flüssigkühlungs system that derives the heat from the processor to other areas of the body.

 

Disappointing is the UMTS reception is at the little brother Lumia 950 clearly better. With LTE, however, the Lumia among 950 XL the better smartphones, the Lumia 950 is located but also here just in front. After all: The Lumia 950 XL is via supplied USB C charger fast charge capability. The Lumia to 50 percent should be charged in less than 30 minutes. So not enough: Wireless the Lumia thanks to Qi standard picks up fresh juice. However the loading coils are the 950 XL higher than when the Lumia 950, so some older Wireless charging slots such as the Nokia DT-910 or the car holder Nokia CR-200 do not fit.

The design just home cooking

 

So convincingly the technique so unspectacular is the design: the new devices are well processed, are thanks to Matt back firmly in hand. The edgy plastic housing in black and white but rather spray cheap charm. The waiver of glass and metal has at least one advantage: you can remove the housing, replace the battery, insert a memory card (up to 200 GB). And the design does not fits, which exchanges the case back to the start of the Finnish manufacturer Mozo offers housing with leather.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL: price and availability

 

The Lumia is in this country $100 more expensive than the smaller Lumia 950 950 XL now available and 699 euros MSRP. Who ordered until January 31, 2016 or buys, receives a voucher for a free display dock installed Lumia offers app on the purchased device.

 

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Conclusion: Microsoft Lumia 950 XL

 

Long smartphones are touted as a computer in your pocket, but never before a manufacturer has thought so consistently these thoughts to end such as Microsoft with its two top models Lumia 950 and 950 XL. Especially the 950 XL can replace even the PC for easier tasks or video screenings. But also as a Smartphone, it shoots thanks to strong display and one of the best smartphone cameras ever back to the top. But there are also downsides: the battery life is mau on iPhone-6 level. The UMTS reception weakens (in contrast to LTE). And still is open, whether the idea of Microsoft goes on to improve the app offer Windows 10 on the phone.

 

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