Last year, at the Windows 10 Devices event which was held on 2nd October, Microsoft launched their most awaited new flagship smartphones, the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL. Both of these are the first Lumia flagship phones which came under Microsoft branding after the Nokia-Microsoft acquisition. The Lumia 950 XL (and the Lumia 950) comes pre-installed with Windows 10 Mobile and the phones continues to receive new cumulative updates which increases the performance of the Lumia 950 XL and introduces some new features.

Lumia 950 XL

The Lumia 950 XL is powered by Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor. Microsoft has also included a 3 GB of RAM inside the phone, coupled up with 32 GB of internal storage. Nowadays, we want a smartphone with a better camera, display and especially the battery life is our first priority. There are several new smartphones out in the market, which promise to offer long battery life. But, those phones are not as good as the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL when it comes to the build quality of the product. Yes, I know the Lumia 950 XL is made of plastic but it feels solid in my hands, and its pretty easy to hold it in my hands, even though the Lumia 950 XL sports a massive 5.7 inches AMOLED display. The company’s new flagship phone, the Lumia 950 XL packs a massive Li-Ion 3340 mAh Removable battery, which offers a pretty decent battery life.

Battery Life:

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Lumia 950 XL Battery Specifications

  • Replaceable battery: Yes
  • Battery capacity: 3340 mAh
  • Battery voltage: 3.85 V
  • Charging8: Fast charging, Built-in wireless charging
  • Wireless charging standard: Qi
  • Maximum standby time with dual SIM:12 days
  • Maximum talk time (2G): 25 h
  • Maximum talk time (3G): 19 h
  • Maximum music playback time: 75 h
  • Maximum Wi-Fi network browsing time:11 h
  • Maximum video playback time: 11 h

The Lumia 950 XL runs on Windows 10 Mobile, the new operating system from Microsoft which offers lots of new and cool features like Windows Hello and Continuum. We know that software plays a major role in the battery life of any smartphone, for example, a buggy Android phone’s battery drains out very quickly when compared to Windows 10 Mobile powered phones or the iOS devices. The Lumia 950 XL features 5.7 inch AMOLED display with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution and 518 PPI pixel density. As stated above the Lumia 950 XL packs 3340 mAh battery. However, in my experience, the phone offers around 16 hours of 3G talk time, which is pretty nice. If you are addicted to the internet too much, Lumia 950 XL will impress you as it provides decent 9 hours of web browsing.

Both the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are equipped with large batteries: 3000 mAh for the 950 and 3340 mAh for the 950 XL. That gives you up to 19 hours of talk time (3G) and up to 300 hours of stand-by time.

I also watched some HD Movies on the Lumia 950 XL, the phone’s battery lasted for 9 hours, which is not really bad as the device comes with powerful hardware support, so the battery drainage is normal. However, I am not really impressed with the battery standby performance of the Lumia 950 XL. When I left the phone powered on for the whole night, in the morning there was around 60% of charge remaining compared to 100% at last night. It is worth mentioning that the latest cumulative update for Windows 10 Mobile on the Lumia 950 XL improves the battery performance dramatically.

Fast Charging and Thermals:

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Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL is powered by Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 processor along with Quad-core 1.5 GHz, Cortex-A53 & Quad-core 2.0 GHz Cortex-A57, CPU, coupled up with the latest Adreno 430, GPU. We know that Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 comes with serious heating issues which almost every phone with the Snapdragon 810 chips has suffered. Microsoft said that the Lumia 950 XL comes with liquid cooling technology this helps the phone to stay cool even though it is powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor.

The liquid cooling technology is an important feature on the Lumia 950 XL as the phone comes with continuum support, it can turn a TV into a full fledged PC, so the cooling technology will help the phone to stay cool. However, sadly the phone gets over heated while downloading new Windows 10 Mobile updates or performing some heavy tasks, sometimes even with normal uses, the phone gets over heated. The heating problem is a major drawback for the Lumia 950 XL, as it is very annoying to see such issues even though Microsoft has included liquid cooling technology. It is worth mentioning that future Windows 10 Mobile cumulative updates will reduce the heating problem.

“Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL can charge from critically low to up 50 percent capacity with 30 minutes of charging” – MICROSOFT

Lumia 950 XL supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2 charging. The phone doesn’t charge as fast as claimed by Microsoft. The Redmond giant claimed that the phone will charge to 50% from 0% within 30 minutes. It is worth mentioning that the developer of the Battery Super Saver app claimed that the Lumia 950 XL charged to 50% in about 36 minutes and the phone took 1 hour and 39 minutes to get 100% charged. However, it depends on wall sockets as every country has different voltage support. For me the phone is not charging very fast, it took 30 minutes to charge just 34%, which is really slow. However, as stated above the speed of charging also depends on the wall socket, voltage power.

Conclusion:

Overall, the Lumia 950 XL offers decent battery life with average use. However issues like overheating are one of the major disadvantages on the Lumia 950 XL. Microsoft’s Lumia 950 XL supports fast charging which is not as fast as expected by me. It is worth mentioning that the Lumia 950 XL runs on Windows 10 Mobile, the new OS by Microsoft comes with a powerful battery saver. When I enabled the battery saver, the Lumia 950 XL’s brightness was reduced and the push notifications feature disabled. It will save the battery and the phone’s battery will last for several more hours.


Lumia 950 XL Full Specifications:

What’s in the box

  • Battery
  • Charger
  • Headset
  • USB-C cable
  • Product user guide
  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL Dual SIM

Operating System

  • Software release: Windows 10

Size & weight

  • Height: 151.9 mm
  • Width: 78.4 mm
  • Thickness2: 8.1 mm
  • Weight: 165 g

Display

  • Display size: 5.7 ”
  • Display resolution: WQHD (2560 x 1440)
  • Display colours: TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
  • Display technology: AMOLED, ClearBlack
  • Pixel density: 518 ppi
  • Display features: Easy to clean, Orientation sensor, Wide viewing angle, Lumia Color profile, High brightness mode, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, Automatic brightness control, Sunlight readability enhancements
  • Touch screen technology: Capacitive multipoint-touch

Memory

  • Mass memory4: 32 GB
  • RAM: 3 GB
  • Maximum memory card size7: 200 GB
  • Expandable memory card type: MicroSD
  • User data storage: In device, OneDrive cloud storage, App and data storage on memory card

Design

  • Design details: Exchangeable back cover
  • Other user interface features5: Glance screen, Voice commands, Tactile feedback, Voice dictation in edit fields

Keys and Input Methods

  • User Input: Touch
  • Operating keys: Camera key, Volume keys, Power/Lock key

Sensors

  • Sensors: Barometer, Gyroscope, SensorCore, Magnetometer, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Processor

  • CPU name: Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
  • Number of cores: Octa core
  • Clock rate: 2000 MHz

Connectivity basics

  • SIM card type: Nano SIM
  • Dual SIM: Dual Standby SIM
  • AV connectors: DisplayPort over USB-C, 3.5 mm stereo headset connector
  • Charging connectors: USB-C
  • System connectors: USB-C
  • USB: USB 3.1, USB Dual Role Port (Gen1)
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 4.1
  • Bluetooth profiles: Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), HID over GATT profile (HOGP) 1.0, Message Access Profile (MAP) 1.1, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1, Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.3
  • NFC: Pairing, Sharing, Tagging, Secure NFC for payment
  • Wi-Fi: MIMO, Wi-Fi call, WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
  • Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
  • Other wireless connectivity: Screen projection

Local sharing

  • Peer-to-peer sharing: Nearby Discovery

Cellular connectivity6

  • GSM network: 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz
  • GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0 kbps
  • GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8 kbps
  • WCDMA network: Band 5 (850 MHz), Band 8 (900 MHz), Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz)
  • WCDMA max data speed DL: 42.2 Mbps (Cat 24)
  • WCDMA max data speed UL: 5.76 Mbps (Cat 6)
  • LTE FDD network: Band 5 (850MHz), Band 8 (900MHz), Band 17 (700MHz), Band 20 (800MHz), Band 1 (2100 MHz), Band 12 (700 MHz), Band 2 (1900 MHz), Band 28 (700 MHz), Band 3 (1800 MHz), Band 7 (2600 MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz)
  • TD-LTE network: Band 38 (2570-2620 MHz), Band 40 (2300-2400 MHz)
  • LTE max data speed DL: 150 Mbps (Cat 4)
  • LTE max data speed UL: 50 Mbps (Cat 4)

GPS and navigation3

  • Location technologies: A-GPS, A-BeiDou, A-GLONASS, Barometer, Gyroscope, Sensor enhanced positioning, Cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning
  • Maps: Free maps, Speed limit information, Pin places to Start screen, Offline maps and navigation, Turn-by-turn walk directions, Online and offline favourites, Reveal the surrounding places, Real-time traffic information, Public transport and drive directions, Map views: satellite – street map – public transport, Free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation

Main camera

  • Main camera: 20.0 MP
  • Main camera focus type: Auto focus with two-stage capture key
  • Camera digital zoom: Yes
  • Camera optics: 6-lens optics
  • Stabilization: Optical image stabilization
  • Oversampling: Yes
  • Sensor size: 1/2.4 inch
  • Main camera f-number/aperture: f/1.9
  • Camera focal length: 26 mm
  • Flash type: Natural flash
  • Camera features: PureView, Fast Focus, True 16:9 sensor, High resolution zoom, Backside-illuminated image sensor
  • Camera minimum focus range: 10 cm

Front-facing camera

  • Front camera: Full HD 5 MP wide angle
  • Front camera f-number/aperture: f/2.4
  • Front camera video resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080)

Video recording

  • Main camera video resolution: 4K (Ultra HD, 3840 x 2160)
  • Camera video frame rate: 30 fps
  • Video recording features: Video zoom, Video light, Continuous autofocus, Optical image stabilization, Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones
  • Video recording formats: MP4/H.264

Audio

  • Audio recording codecs: AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR
  • Audio recording features: Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones
  • Audio playback features: Graphical equalizer, Virtualized loudspeaker listening
  • Radio features1: FM Radio

Video playback

  • Video playback frame rate: 30 fps
  • Video playback codecs: VC-1, H.263, MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.265/HEVC, Windows video
  • Video streaming: Progressive video download, YouTube browsing and video streaming, Streaming from video services and internet
DVD Fab
  • Are you actually using a fast charger to charge the device? It could be that the shipped charger isn’t QuickCharge compatible.

  • Mike

    I dont know what version you have, but my 950XL DS charges to 50% in half an hour (2 sims active, LTE data service active, GPS on).

    • Mayank Parmar

      Interesting. I am not alone, most of the users from India are reporting about this issue. It seems the charge which came out of the box doesn’t support Qualcomm fast charging.

    • Imtiaze Shamim

      Which software are you using to see whether it is quick charging or not?

  • Ammar Abdeen

    I’m having a lumia 950xl dual sim but battery life sucks.. Wifi browsing is only 5 hours.. 20 music play ,6 hours video play..can any 1 help me

    • Mayank Parmar

      is your phone up-to-date?