Lumia 950: The New Flagship of Microsoft

lumia 950

The long for Microsoft flagship phone was a long one and now it is finally over. In the waiting time, seems like the euphoria has been tone down. But it seems Microsoft once again is in a position to compete against Android and Apple phones. Microsoft delivered the Lumia 950 containing the characteristics you would expect.

The Features

The new Microsoft Lumia 950 is a 5.2″ phone with a 564 PPI density. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 and 3GB of RAM.

Microsoft seems to catch up with the others in terms of the camera by having a 20-megapixel back camera. The camera is pretty decent, yet not something stunning. Even though you may be a bit frustrated because it takes a long time from when you take the picture to display it, it is not that big of a deal. Still, if you are focused on the camera quality the most, then we should point out again that it is nothing special. Microsoft Lumia 950 also has a 5-megapixel front camera.

One the new phone you can find the Windows 10. So if you are used to working on this operating system, you will get along just fine. However, the app support is surprisingly weak.


The Specifications

BODY Dimensions 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm (5.71 x 2.88 x 0.32 in)
Weight 150 g (5.29 oz)


DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.2 inches (~70.5% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels (~564 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  – ClearBlack display


PLATFORM OS Microsoft Windows 10
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8992 Snapdragon 808
CPU Dual-core 1.82 GHz Cortex-A57 & quad-core 1.44 GHz Cortex-A53
GPU Adreno 418


MEMORY Card slot microSD, up to 200 GB
Internal 32 GB, 3 GB RAM


CAMERA Primary 20 MP, 4992 х 3744 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED RGB flash
Features 1/2.4′ sensor size, 1.12 µm pixel size, PureView technology, geo-tagging, face detection, panorama, HDR
Video 2160p@30fps, optical stabilization, stereo sound rec.
Secondary 5 MP, 1080p


SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes


COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.1, A2DP
Radio FM radio
USB v3.1, Type-C reversible connector


FEATURES Sensors Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, sensor core
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
  – Microsoft Continuum support
– Wireless charging (Qi-enabled) – market dependent
– Fast charging
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– MP4/H.265 player
– OneDrive (15 GB cloud storage)
– Document viewer
– Video/photo editor


BATTERY   Li-Ion 3000 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 288 h (2G) / Up to 288 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 23 h (2G) / Up to 18 h (3G)
Music play Up to 67 h


The Verdict

For a flagship phone, and for a long awaited one, maybe we all expected a bit more form Microsoft. Still, this is a good phone, especially if you are a Windows lover. I also must indicate that the phone is a not exactly cheap, costing around $600.


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