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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual: Pros and Cons

Microsoft Windows 10
Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
Adreno 430
3 GB / 32 GB
5.7 inch (1440 x 2560 px)
20 MP, 4992 х 3744 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization

Microsoft announced the launch of the Lumia 950 XL Dual smartphone in 2015. The manufacturer is offering this smartphone with 5.7 inch AMOLED display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 SoC, and 3 GB of RAM. It comes with Microsoft Windows 10 out of the box, and a Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery. The 5.7 inch phone comes with a high resolution AMOLED display (1440 x 2560 px). This smartphone has a single camera on the back (20 MP, 4992 х 3744 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization). Is this phone worth its price? Hopefully, it will become clear by the end of my review.

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This article shares our personal experiences and thoughts about using the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual smartphone. We hope to offer helpful insights to others interested in this device. The specifications below are from the official manufacturer data, but we also consider user reviews. If you've seen any mistakes or things missing in these specifications, please let us know.

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Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual specifications

BrandMicrosoft
NameLumia 950 XL Dual
ModelL950XLD
Release date2015

Weight, dimensions, colors

Weight5.82 oz
Dimensions5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 inch
Colorsblack, white
SIM typeNano SIM

The weight of Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual is about 5.82 oz with battery. This is average for smartphones of the same size. Smartphones use a Nano SIM as a small chipcard for a subscriber identity module (SIM).

System, chipset, performance

OS versionMicrosoft Windows 10
SoCQualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994
CPUOcta-core, Quad-core 1.5 GHz Cortex-A53, Quad-core 2 GHz Cortex-A57
GPUAdreno 430

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual comes with Microsoft Windows 10 out of the box. It's a powerful Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 MSM8994 octa-core processor. It can handle complex tasks and run many applications. Qualcomm's Snapdragon processors work with Adreno GPUs. The processors are designed for the GPUs.

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Display type, size, resolution

Display typeAMOLED
Screen size5.7 inch
Resolution1440 x 2560 px
Multitouch supportyes

The 5.7 inch phone comes with AMOLED display. Smartphones use the AMOLED, which is a type of OLED display. The 5.7 inch display make this smartphone pocket-friendly. The size of the screen is measured diagonally, from corner to corner.

Memory, storage

RAM3 GB
Internal storage32 GB
Memory card slotmicroSD

The smartphone has 3 GB of RAM. It can run many apps at once without much lag or slowness. More RAM lets you keep more apps and processes open in the background. This keeps the device from slowing down. Generally, a smartphone should have a minimum of 32 GB of internal storage. The Lumia 950 XL Dual has 32 GB. You can expand the internal storage (32 GB) with a compatible microSD card.

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Cameras, flash

Main camera20 MP, 4992 х 3744 px, autofocus, optical image stabilization
FlashLED
Selfie camera5 MP

The single camera can be enough for many smartphone users. It depends on their photography needs and preferences. The main camera of Lumia 950 XL Dual has optical image stabilization (OIS). It counters camera shake.

Connectivity, network, wireless

GSM 2G bands850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Network coverage2G / 3G / 4G
Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Bluetoothv4.1, A2DP
GPSA-GPS, GLONASS, Beidou
NFCyes
FM radioyes
USBUSB Type-C
Headphone3.5 mm jack

The 4G provides faster data transfer speeds compared to previous generations. This phone like all modern smartphones, is capable of connecting to Wi-Fi networks. The Lumia 950 XL Dual smartphone is capable of connecting to Bluetooth devices. This phone has a built-in GPS. The Lumia 950 XL Dual comes with NFC (Near Field Communication) functionality. The 3.5 mm headphone jack allows you to connect wired headphones or earphones to the device.

Battery type, capacity, charger

TypeLi-Ion 3340 mAh

The Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery gives the smartphone a good battery backup. The Li-ion is a low maintenance battery. It does not need periodic full discharge. You can simply buy a new battery from the open market and interchange it by yourself.

Features, sensors, specials

Sensorsaccelerometer, barometer, compass, gyroscope, proximity, sensor core
SpecialsCorning Gorilla Glass 4, Dual SIM

Today, smartphones come with many sensors. They help make the user experience better. The accelerometer is a sensor. It measures the tilting motion and orientation of the phone. Dual SIM is great for businesses. They want to give staff a device with separate numbers and bills for personal and business use. Corning Gorilla Glass is tougher. It resists scratches, impacts, and drops.

Verdict, pros and cons

Every phone has its strengths and weaknesses, and this Microsoft phone is no exception. As with any device, there are aspects that shine and others that fall short. By examining both sides, we can paint a complete picture of what this phone has to offer. Let's explore its standout features and areas for improvement. Remember, this is just my opinion, and yours might be different.

Pros

  • AMOLED display
  • microSD slot
  • optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Dual SIM support
  • Corning Gorilla Glass shield

Cons

  • single camera setup
  • no 5G support
  • low-capacity battery
  • no fingerprint reader
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Lucas Bradley I'm Lucas Bradley, the founder of the Phone42.com site. I love technology, especially smartphones, and I've been working with tech stuff for more than 20 years. This means I've seen a lot of changes and have learned a bunch about what makes a good phone. On Phone42.com, I look at all kinds of phones. They can be from big, well-known companies or new ones trying to make their mark. I want to help people understand what's new and cool in the world of smartphones, in a way that's easy to get.
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