Microsoft Lumia 950
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Microsoft Lumia 950 is fast, sharp and full of features. But there are a few drawbacks.

Is that a Nexus 5x? It’s easy to think that when looking at the Microsoft Lumia 950. It's almost exactly the same size and has the same matte plastic shell. The latter really isn’t nice to look at, but more on that shortly.

Neat inside, ugly outside

10 Windows Mobile is designed to work in harmony with the real Windows, and it does. It’s easy to use, apps open seemingly instantaneously and the camera starts and takes pictures very quickly. Which is nice and refreshing, especially for someone who owned the flagship Lumia 1020th.

But, while we like what’s going on inside, the outside is a big disappointment. The matte black plastic shell feels very cheap indeed and really doesn’t do the phone, which performance-wise is brilliant, any favours whatsoever. On top of the cheap feel, features like the side buttons feel flimsy and poorly made. It’s really surprising that the design of this phone has taken such a back seat given some of the sleek-looking mobiles Microsoft (and Nokia) have spoilt us with previously.

Excellent camera

The camera, however, is exceptionally good. Pictures are consistently sharp and well-exposed, with accurate colours and plenty of detail in the darker areas of the images. HDR is a welcome feature, and the entire camera app itself is intuitive and well-designed, just as we have come to expect from Microsoft.

Connects to the monitor and TV

There is also an interesting new feature called Continuum. It lets you wirelessly connect or dock your phone to an external monitor, allowing you to use it as a kind of desktop computer.

Continuum seems to work OK - the main drawback we encountered was that the browser become slow. We’d say it’s good for things like showing PowerPoint presentations, but not so good if you actually intend to do work using a keyboard and mouse.

Still app scant

With Windows 10, Microsoft has made efforts to improve their app offering, but it is still lacking compared to competitors, with several major services we can’t really live with unavailable.

The other disappointing thing is that many apps still have issues with Windows Mobile. Facebook is one example, where we are very often diverted away from the app and to the mobile version. Microsoft Lumia 950 is a high performance mobile with awesome camera and some exciting features, but an uninspiring exterior leaves us a litttle disappointed.

Product

Product name
Lumia 950

Product properties

Screen Size
5.2 "
Operating System
Windows Mobile
Screen Resolution
1440x2560
Pixel Density (PPI)
564
Display Type
OLED
Number of Colours
16 777 216
Secondary Screen
No
Release Year
2015
Colour
White, Black
Material (Body)
Plastic
Senior Phone
No
Internal Memory Size
32 GB
RAM
3 GB
Processor Speed
1.8 GHz
Processor Cores
Hexa Core
System on Chip (SoC)
Qualcomm Snapdragon 808
GPU
Adreno 418
GPS
Yes
GPS Type
A-GPS, GPS
Positioning System
GLONASS, BeiDou
Memory Card Reader
Yes
Memory Card Included
No
Max. Memory Card Size
200GB
Memory Card Type
microSDHC, microSDXC, microSD
Water Resistant
No
Water Proof
No
Shock Resistant
No
Scratch Resistant Display
Yes
Headphone Jack
3.5mm
Physical Keyboard
No
Home Button
Software Button
SAR-Value
0.6 W/kg
Touch Screen
Yes
Type of Touch Technology
Capacitive
Simultaneous Touch Points
3+ Multi-Touch
Active Digitizer
No
USB
Yes
USB-Type
USB (Type C)
USB Version
3.0/3.1 (Gen 1)
USB On-The-Go
Yes
Video Output
DisplayPort over USB-C
File Formats
eAAC+, MP4, MP3, H.264, WAV
Dual-SIM
No
Triple-SIM
No
SIM Slots
Single SIM
SIM Type
Nano
Design
Regular
Features
Iris Scanner, Built-in Stereo Speakers, Gyroscope/Accelerometer, Proximity Scanner, Barometer, FM Radio

Camera

Built-in Camera
Yes
Front Camera
Yes
Number of Cameras
2
MegaPixels
20.0 Megapixels
Megapixels Front Camera
5.0 Megapixels
Max Frames Per Second
30 fps
Flash/Light
Yes
Auto Focus
Yes
Maximum Resolution (Pictures)
4992x3744
Maximum Resolution (Video)
1080p, 2160p (4K)
Optical Image Stabilization
Yes
Sensor Format
1/2,4"
Integrated Geotagging
Yes

Wireless

Communication Standards
Bluetooth, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, NFC, GPRS, HSPA+, DC-HSPA, 3G, 2G, DLNA, Miracast, HSPA, EDGE
Bluetooth Profile
A2DP, AVRCP
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Wireless Networking Standards
802.11n, 802.11b, 802.11a, 802.11g, 802.11ac
4G Speed (Mbit/s)
300/50
HSDPA Download Speed
42 Mbps
HSUPA Upload Speed
5.76 Mbps

Power source

Battery
Li-Ion
Battery Capacity (mAh)
3000
Battery Time
48 h
Exchangeable Battery
Yes
Wireless Charging
Yes
Wireless Charging Standard
QI
Fast Charging Standard
USB Power Delivery
Standby Time (2G)
288.0 h
Talk Time (2G)
23.0 h
Standby Time (3G)
288.0 h
Talk Time (3G)
18.0 h

Measures

Height
145.0 mm
Width
73.2 mm
Depth
8.2 mm
Weight
150.0 g
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