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Lumia 950 XL vs Galaxy S6 Edge Plus spec shootout

by Sean P. Aune | October 6, 2015October 6, 2015 12:00 pm PST

Microsoft on Tuesday announced a new batch of devices. Including a new Band, Surface Pro 3 and Surface Book. But what about the phones? The new Lumias, 950 and 950XL, bring hexa or octa-core processors, Cortana, 20 MP camera, wireless charging, up to 2TB microSD storage expansion, USB-C, Windows 10, and Continuum. These phones are speced well and should definitely catch your eye.

But how does the the Lumia 950XL flagship phone compare against Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge Plus? First off we know the operating systems are different. But what about the camera, battery, screen resolution, etc.? Until we review the Lumia 950XL we can’t give our full opinions on the new Windows phone, but for now we can see whether or not the guts of the phone compare against one of the more popular phones of the year.

Check out the full spec comparison below.

Lumia 950XL Gallery

Galaxy S6 edge Plus Gallery

Microsoft - Lumia 950 XL Samsung - Galaxy S6 edge Plus
Display Size 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi) 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixel display (515 ppi)
Resolution X 1440 1440
Resolution Y 2560 2560
Display Type QHD AMOLED Super AMOLED
Operating System Windows 10 (at launch) Android 5.1 (at launch)
Processor Octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Exynos 7420 Octa-core
RAM N/A 4GB
Storage
  • 32GB
  • 32GB
  • 64GB
External Storage Yes No
External Storage Specs
  • Micro SD up to 2 TB
Main Camera (Back) 20MP 16MP
Secondary Camera (Front) 5MP 5MP
Bluetooth Bluetooth 4.1 Bluetooth 4.2 LE
Battery 3340mAh 3000mAh
NFC Yes Yes
Connectivity
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm Headphone jack
  • Micro USB
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Gyroscope
  • Magnetometer
  • Proximity
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Barometer
  • Fingerprint
  • Geo-magnetic
  • Gyro
  • Hall
  • HRM
GPS
  • A-GLONASS
  • A-GPS
  • Beidou
  • GLONASS
  • GPS
Height 151.9 mm (5.98 inches) 154.4 mm (6.08 inches)
Width 78.4 mm (3.09 inches) 75.8 mm (2.98 inches)
Depth 8.1 mm (0.32 inches) 6.9 mm (0.27 inches)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz) 153 g (5.40 oz)
Colors Black, White Black, Gold
Supported Audio Formats N/A MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA
Supported Video Formats N/A MP4, M4V, 3GP, 3G2, WMV, ASF, AVI, FLV, MKV, WEBM
In The Box
  • Battery
  • Wall Adapter
  • Quick Start Guide
N/A

Sean P. Aune

Sean P. Aune has been a professional technology blogger since July 2007, but his love of tech dates back to at least 1976 when his parents bought...

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