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Microsoft Lumia 950XL, the flagship device

Dale Davies |
Windows 10 is very important evolution for Microsoft, combining their desktop and mobile experiences into one. Microsoft's Lumia 950XL is a perfect example how Windows imagines new smartphones.

Microsoft Lumia 950XL features Qualcomm's octa core Snapdragon 810 processor, the best Qualcomm has to offer. There is 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage and that's more than enough for Windows, and very good news regarding speed and battery life. Microsoft added a cooling system to keep Snapdragon 810 from overheating. The 3,340mAh battery should be enough for most of tasks for a day and something but that, of course, depends on usage.[break]

Windows 10 evolved and now has some very interesting and very usable features. Live tile screen and an app list known from older Windows phones are still here, but the bigger display and quad HD resolution support more tiles on the screen. Windows Hello is there as a sign-in security option that lets you unlock the phone using Iris recognition. It works fine under all conditions, and Cortana has improved voice recognition and it's perfectly usable.

Microsoft Continuum - you have to buy a Continuum dock - uses the USB port to add an HDMI, DisplayPort and 3 additional USB ports to a smartphone. You can then connect it to a larger display to work on office documents stored on phone or in the cloud on OneDrive. The phone and the PC functionality can be used independently and we think Microsoft is on the right track to mix a traditional computer with a new technology, it just needs more time until it brings more app made for Continuum.

The design of the Lumia 950XL is not the best in the world, in fact we'd expect a metal body or at least better-looking plastic. This way, the phone seems cheap and that's a shame because some users could conclude that 950XL is not a powerful phone before they even turn it on. The weigh is 165 grams, well in line with 5.7-inch screen. Which is, by the way, AMOLED with 2560 x 1440 pixels and ClearBlack technology for better picture on direct sunlight.

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