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Mi­crosoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - Az­izul Rah­man Is­mail

Mi­crosoft is back with the Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM. A flag­ship phone, the Lumia 950 XL is the most pow­er­ful Lumia de­vice from Mi­crosoft. To com­ple­ment its hard­ware, the Lumia 950 XL also has the lat­est and great­est op­er­at­ing sys­tem Mi­crosoft has to of­fer. But is that enough?

With a dis­play that is only half an inch larger than the Lumia 950, the Lumia 950 XL def­i­nitely does not feel ex­tra large in the hand, even com­pared to phones in the 5-inch dis­play range. We also hes­i­tate to call this phone a ph­ablet, as it fits and feels great in the hands, and can be op­er­ated sin­gle-hand­edly.

The Lumia 950 XL fea­tures an AMOLED dis­play that's en­ergy ef­fi­cient as the black pix­els are ac­tu­ally turned off. Mi­crosoft took ad­van­tage of this, and con­stantly have the time, cal­en­dar en­try, and no­ti­fi­ca­tions in view even when you turn off the screen. It's a very nice ad­di­tion that still al­lows the bat­tery to last a full day.

We also ap­pre­ci­ate the Lumia 950 XL's in­ter­change­able back cover and re­place­able bat­tery, al­though the av­er­age An­droid users may find that the but­ton con­fig­u­ra­tion takes some get­ting used to. We also found that a screen pro­tec­tor is a must, and the built-in speaker to be some­what lack­ing.

When it comes to per­for­mance, the Lumia 950 XL works like a charm. De­spite run­ning on Win­dows 10, the in­ter­face and over­all ex­pe­ri­ence is not too dif­fer­ent com­pared to its pre­vi­ous it­er­a­tions. This has its ad­van­tages and dis­ad­van­tages, mainly that al­though it works well, it has its quirks.

The Lumia 950 XL comes shipped with Win­dows Hello, a fea­ture that al­lows you to un­lock the de­vice and au­tho­rize pay­ments by sim­ply star­ing at it. The tech­nol­ogy uses an IR light on the front panel to light up the unique pat­terns in your irises, and takes a photo with the front cam­era. It's quick and re­li­able.

An­other unique virtue of this Win­dows 10 de­vice is the abil­ity to con­nect to an ex­ter­nal dis­play and pe­riph­er­als, re­sult­ing in an ex­pe­ri­ence that's close to run­ning a desk­top Win­dows. There are two ways of us­ing this Con­tin­uum fea­ture. We find that us­ing the Dis­play Dock ac­ces­sory – a lit­tle box that lets you con­nect an ex­ter­nal mon­i­tor, mouse, key­board, and other USB pe­riph­er­als to it – to be the most prac­ti­cal.

The cam­era on the Lumia 950 XL is a 20MP af­fair with op­ti­cal im­age sta­bi­liza­tion, a bright f/1.9 aper­ture, and a 1/2.4-inch sen­sor. It's im­pres­sive both tech­ni­cally and in prac­tice. We think Mi­crosoft knows this, hence the ded­i­cated cam­era but­ton.

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