Microsoft Lumia 950 Review: Legendary Edition: Hardware Overview

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Unboxing the Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 comes in a quite gigantic paper box, but covers just the basics - you acquire a 1.5A Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C charger with a cable, and a separate Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C cable. Some retailers are throwing the Microsoft's Display Dock worth €109 with the pre-orders, which is needed for Continuum to work.

Lumia 950 unboxed

There are no headphones bundled with the Lumia 950.

Microsoft Lumia 950 360-degree spin

Microsoft Lumia 950 spreads at 145 x 73.2 x 8.2 mm and weighs 150 g. That's about the same as an Xperia Z5, just a millimeter thicker.

You would need an Adobe Flash-capable web browser to visualize the interactive 360-degree view above.

Design and build quality

Microsoft took the safest approach with the Lumia 950 series, and particularly the Lumia 950 - it went for a familiar, clean and durable design in favor of trendy looks and shiny elements. The result is a grippy smartphone with pleasurable handling and modern business looks. It isn't a fashion accessory, but it's something many of us can appreciate.

Microsoft Lumia 950

The Lumia 950 keeps some of the established Lumia traditions, but makes a departure from others. It is made entirely of durable matte plastic and the classy screen is protected by a perfectly flat Gorilla Glass. But the Lumia 950 now allows swapping the battery anytime, which is somewhat of a rarity among the older siblings.

Handling the phone is nothing short of a pleasure, as the matte plastic provides excellent grip. The 5.2" classy screen isn't considered gigantic anymore and the Lumia 950 is in fact quite comfy for one-handed operations. We had no problems using the phone - even with just one hand, even when shooting images and videos, and we didn't feel afraid we'd drop it. Indeed - Lumia 950 usability level - just great.

Handling the Lumia 950

Finally, the Lumia 950 is of a remarkable and sturdy build, a signature among the entire Lumia lineup, and we appreciate Microsoft keeping the build quality consistent through the years.


While the primary mic is the only thing of interest below the 5.2"AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) screen, above is pretty crowded. At first the earpiece and the 5MP selfie shooters seem to be all of it, but further exploring reveals the almost invisible iris scanner next to the selfie snapper. A bunch of sensors are also hidden close to the earpiece, the second of four microphone is here too, while a special emitting red light thingy is at the far right.

This red light works the same way the speed cameras do - it lights up and helps the iris sensor work no matter the conditions - your iris will be recognized even in pitch blackroom. We'll talk about Windows Hello in a minute.

Below and above the display

There is nothing on the left, while the correct side has the volume rocker, the power/lock key and the capturing camera shutter.

The left and correct sides

The top of the Lumia 950 houses the audio jack, while the bottom has the Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C port.

The audio jack on top • the Universal Serial Bus (USB) port over the bottom

Finally, the clean back is not so clean after all. Here is the 20MP PureView capturing camera with ZEISS optics, circled by a textured metallic piece. The loudspeaker grille and the tri-LED RGB flash are close by, as is the metal Windows logo used for wireless charging pin. The third and four microphones used for rich audio recording are also around.

The back of the Lumia 950

Popping the battery cover reveals the microSD slot, the SIM bed and the removable Li-Ion battery.



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