The Lumia 950, and the Lumia 950 XL are Windows-based flagship smartphones from Microsoft, featuring powerful snapdragon processors, and a superb display resolution of 2560 x 1440. They both come with an AMOLED screen protected by Gorilla Glass 4. These smartphones offer an excellent combination of high performance and graphics, which are ideal for games and other demanding apps. Another area in which these phones excel in the Lumia family, is with their cameras. The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL also features a rear camera with a superior 20 Megapixels resolution, backed by an updated sensor that captures more light during night shots. In addition to great HD recording, these phones are capable of shooting 4K videos. The front cameras in these phones do not disappoint the selfie lovers who worry about grainy pictures due to low resolution.

These smartphones offer alternatives to those Windows phone fans that value the high performance of high-end smartphones, but were limited to the Nokia Lumia line of smartphones. The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL are a step up in the Lumia family of Windows-based smartphones.

So, whats the difference?

The first notable difference between the Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL is the size. While the Lumia 950 has a screen size of 5.2, the Lumia 950 XL has a 5.7 screen. As for the not so noticeable differences, here is a side to side comparison of the two phones:

The respective specs of each Lumia in this overview seem to indicate a slight but significant difference in performance. Besides the size, these two smartphones differ in battery size, and in processing power. The two extra cores and a slightly faster clock on the 950 XL give this phone an almost unnoticeable advantage over the 950 when it comes to games, videos, and other demanding apps. However, the battery size on the 950 XL does not provide extra battery life as one would expect when comparing it with the 950, which has a smaller battery. This could be due to the slightly bigger screen size, and the need to make-up for the extra consumption.

When taking the overall comparison of the 950 and the 950 XL under consideration, one can see that there is not much of a difference, although both phones are a big step by Microsoft in taking over the Lumia line of smartphones.

This could mean an increase in performance as Microsoft closes the hardware- firmware gap, just like Apple is able to.

How about the other Lumia phones? How do they compare?

There have been many attempts by Nokia and Microsoft to advance their phones in the right direction. However, while their phones excel in one area, they tend to lack in other areas. For example, the Nokia Lumia 1020 had the best camera when it came to smartphones, but it lacked performance and it was a little pricy. The Lumia 1020 from Nokia was quickly outperformed by the Lumia 920.

Microsoft has made a significant improvement towards their Windows phone family. To compare the two next best phones, would be to compare individual features rather than an overall side by side comparison. Each of these phones seems to outperform each other in one area or another. Now there are two Windows smartphones that stand out in the middle of the Lumia lineup.

The bottom line

It looks like either the Microsoft Lumia 950 or the 950 XL (it doesnt matter much which) is the one that Windows mobile users have been waiting for. Not only are these phones fast, and pack excellent cameras, and screen, but also look good.