Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM
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.