Microsoft Lumia 950 Review: Legendary Edition: Display, Battery Life, Connectivity

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Display

The display of the Microsoft Lumia 950 is one of the highlight features, alongside the chipset and recent operating system. The diagonal is quite reasonable at 5.2", but the resolution got a massive boost to QHD - 2560 x 1440 pixels. This means that despite its ample classy screen real estate, the AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) panel offers a superb 564ppi.


The Lumia 950 has only modest maximum brightness (328nits) if you have the brightness control set to manual, but as soon as you switch to Auto, the phone will push the brightness all the way up to 628nits given the environment is colorful enough.

Another positive reimprint we have about the classy screen is excellent color rendering. The average DeltaE is only 1.9, which is perhaps the lowest average we've seen on a mobile phone. You have got to remember that anything below 3 is considered calibration-level color accuracy so we're really excited with the fact that Microsoft provides such color accuracy out of the box.

Display test

50% brightness

100% brightness

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Black, cd/m2

White, cd/m2

Contrast ratio

Microsoft Lumia 950 0.00 105 0.00 328

Microsoft Lumia 950 (max auto) - - - 0.00 626

Nokia Lumia 930 0.00 149 ∞ 0.00 347 ∞

Nokia Lumia 1520 0.22 263 1174 0.43 522 1207

Samsung Galaxy S6 0 208 ∞ 0 363 ∞

Samsung Galaxy S6 max auto - - ∞ 0 619 ∞

LG G4 0.09 108 1240 0.43 532 1238

OnePlus Two 0.16 180 1139 0.30 399 1334

Apple iPhone 6s Plus 0.10 150 1563 0.43 590 1382

Xiaomi Mi 4c 0.08 121 1613 0.28 452 1609

HTC One M9 0.15 175 1180 0.44 534 1221



Under direct sunlight, the Lumia 950 retains excellent contrast and stays legible even in brightly lit environments.

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Sunlight contrast ratio

  • Nokia 808 PureView

    4.698

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge+

    4.615

  • Samsung Galaxy E7

    4.485

  • HTC One A9

    4.274

  • Samsung Galaxy A3

    4.241

  • Samsung Galaxy S6 edge

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy S6

    4.124

  • Samsung Galaxy Note5

    4.09

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 4

    4.033

  • Apple iPhone 5

    3.997

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3

    3.997

  • OnePlus X

    3.983

  • Samsung Galaxy A5

    3.895

  • Samsung Galaxy J7 outdoor

    3.879

  • Samsung Galaxy J2 outdoor

    3.873

  • Samsung Galaxy A8

    3.859

  • Apple iPhone 6

    3.838

  • Motorola Moto X (2014)

    3.816

  • Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

    3.799

  • Apple iPhone 6s

    3.783

  • Meizu Pro 5

    3.781

  • Vivo X5Pro

    3.706

  • Samsung Galaxy A7

    3.679

  • Oppo R5

    3.678

  • Samsung Galaxy K zoom

    3.675

  • Nokia Lumia 930

    3.567

  • Apple iPhone 5s

    3.565

  • Samsung Galaxy S5

    3.549

  • Nokia Lumia 735

    3.547

  • Motorola Nexus 6

    3.543

  • Apple iPhone 6s Plus

    3.53

  • Alcatel Idol X+

    3.527

  • Microsoft Lumia 950

    3.512

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    3.512

  • Samsung Galaxy Alpha

    3.509

  • Oppo R7 Plus

    3.499

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo

    3.487

  • vivo X5Max

    3.472

  • LG G Flex2

    3.465

  • YotaPhone 2

    3.453

  • Samsung Galaxy J7

    3.422

  • Motorola RAZR MAXX

    3.42

  • Samsung I9300 Galaxy S III

    3.419

  • Meizu MX5

    3.416

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 Active

    3.406

  • Nokia Lumia 925

    3.402

  • Gionee Elife S5.5

    3.386

  • Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4

    3.352

  • Oppo R7

    3.32

  • Samsung Omnia W

    3.301

  • Samsung Galaxy J2

    3.235

  • Motorola Moto X Play

    3.222

  • Samsung Galaxy S5 mini

    3.174

  • Samsung I9000 Galaxy S

    3.155

  • Samsung Ativ S

    3.129

  • Samsung I9190 Galaxy S4 mini

    3.127

  • Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom

    3.118

  • LG Nexus 5X

    3.092

  • Huawei Mate S

    3.073

  • Nokia N9

    3.069

  • Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

    3.065

  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus

    3.023

  • Samsung Galaxy Note

    2.97

  • Samsung Galaxy Premier

    2.958

  • Sony Xperia Z1

    2.95

  • HTC One S

    2.901

  • Lenovo S90 Sisley

    2.892

  • Sony Xperia Z5

    2.876

  • Samsung I8730 Galaxy Express

    2.861

  • BlackBerry Q10

    2.856

  • Samsung I9100 Galaxy S II

    2.832

  • Sony Xperia Z3+

    2.824

  • HTC Desire Eye

    2.815

  • Gionee Elife S5.1

    2.812

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Plus

    2.801

  • BlackBerry Z30

    2.79

  • Sony Xperia Z5 compact

    2.784

  • Meizu MX4 Pro

    2.765

  • LG V10

    2.744

  • Sony Xperia M5

    2.69

  • Sony Xperia ZR

    2.672

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P1

    2.655

  • Xiaomi Mi 4i

    2.641

  • Sony Xperia Z3

    2.618

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Compact

    2.616

  • Sony Xperia T3

    2.609

  • BlackBerry Passport

    2.595

  • Xiaomi Mi 4c

    2.574

  • Microsoft Lumia 640

    2.563

  • Nokia Lumia 900

    2.562

  • Motorola Moto G 4G

    2.546

  • HTC One Max

    2.537

  • Sony Xperia Z5 Premium

    2.525

  • Nokia Lumia 720

    2.512

  • HTC One

    2.504

  • Sony Xperia M4 Aqua

    2.503

  • Motorola Moto G

    2.477

  • vivo Xshot

    2.465

  • Sony Xperia Z

    2.462

  • Xiaomi Mi 4

    2.424

  • Samsung Galaxy S III mini

    2.422

  • Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro

    2.416

  • LG G Flex

    2.407

  • Huawei Honor 7

    2.406

  • ZUK Z1 by Lenovo

    2.382

  • HTC Desire 820

    2.372

  • HTC One (M8)

    2.371

  • Meizu MX4

    2.366

  • Motorola RAZR i

    2.366

  • Meizu m1 note

    2.362

  • Sony Xperia ZL

    2.352

  • HTC One M9

    2.334

  • LG G4

    2.317

  • Samsung Galaxy Note II

    2.307

  • HTC One E9+

    2.305

  • HTC One (M8) for Windows

    2.291

  • Oppo R1x

    2.281

  • Oppo Find 7a

    2.279

  • Alcatel One Touch Hero

    2.272

  • Apple iPhone 4S

    2.269

  • HTC Desire 600 dual sim

    2.262

  • Sony Xperia C5 Ultra

    2.253

  • Nokia Asha 311

    2.25

  • Sony Xperia C4 Dual

    2.235

  • Xiaomi Mi Note

    2.234

  • Motorola Moto G (2014)

    2.233

  • LG Nexus 5

    2.228

  • Huawei P8

    2.196

  • Nokia Lumia 820

    2.193

  • HTC One (E8)

    2.185

  • Oppo N3

    2.181

  • Nokia Lumia 920

    2.17

  • Huawei Honor 6

    2.169

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note 2

    2.166

  • OnePlus Two

    2.165

  • HTC One X

    2.158

  • Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

    2.149

  • LG Aka

    2.145

  • Nokia N8

    2.144

  • Nokia Lumia 620

    2.142

  • Archos 50 Diamond

    2.134

  • Nokia 515

    2.134

  • HTC Desire 500

    2.129

  • Sony Xperia C3 Dual

    2.12

  • Xiaomi Redmi Note

    2.119

  • Sony Xperia acro S

    2.119

  • Nokia Lumia 1020

    2.103

  • Oppo Find 5

    2.088

  • Huawei P8lite

    2.078

  • Sony Xperia SL

    2.078

  • Nokia Lumia 630

    2.056

  • BlackBerry Z10

    2.051

  • Moto G 3rd gen max manual

    2.026

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate7

    2.024

  • Samsung I9295 Galaxy S4 Active

    2.022

  • Apple iPhone 4

    2.016

  • HTC One mini

    2.003

  • Xiaomi Mi 3

    2.001

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P7

    1.992

  • LG G2

    1.976

  • Sony Xperia E4g

    1.972

  • OnePlus One

    1.961

  • Oppo R819

    1.957

  • Sony Ericsson Xperia ray

    1.955

  • Lenovo Vibe X2

    1.952

  • Sony Xperia Z2

    1.944

  • Sony Xperia E3

    1.943

  • Nokia Lumia 1320

    1.941

  • HTC One mini 2

    1.94

  • Samsung Galaxy Camera

    1.938

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime

    1.935

  • Sony Xperia J

    1.932

  • Acer CloudMobile S500

    1.931

  • ZTE Blade S6

    1.927

  • LG Nexus 4

    1.926

  • LG G Pro 2

    1.922

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

    1.913

  • Nokia Asha 308

    1.911

  • HTC Butterfly 2

    1.905

  • Sony Xperia T

    1.894

  • BlackBerry Leap

    1.892

  • Meizu m2 note

    1.892

  • Nokia Lumia 830

    1.887

  • HTC Desire X

    1.878

  • HTC Windows Phone 8X

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly

    1.873

  • HTC Butterfly S

    1.867

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue P6

    1.865

  • Huawei Ascdiscontinue Mate

    1.845

  • LG G2 mini

    1.838

  • LG G3

    1.82

  • Nokia Lumia 1520

    1.813

  • HTC Desire 616 dual sim

    1.797

  • Sony Xperia V

    1.792

  • HTC Desire 816

    1.783

  • Sony Xperia Z1 Compact

    1.772

  • HTC Desire 700 dual sim

    1.769

  • ZTE Nubia Z9 mini

    1.759

  • Sony Xperia U

    1.758

  • Meizu MX3

    1.754

  • LG Optimus G

    1.753

  • Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

    1.74

  • Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

    1.735

  • Acer Liquid Jade S

    1.734

  • Sony Xperia SP

    1.733

  • LG Optimus 4X HD

    1.691

  • Oppo Find 7

    1.691

  • HTC One V

    1.685

  • BlackBerry Q5

    1.682

  • LG Optimus Vu

    1.68

  • Asus Zenfone Selfie

    1.68

  • Motorola Moto E (2nd Gen)

    1.675

  • Xiaomi Mi Pad 7.9

    1.672

  • LG Optimus GJ

    1.666

  • ZTE Nubia Z9

    1.659

  • LG Optimus 3D Max

    1.658

  • HTC Desire V

    1.646

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2

    1.632

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 3

    1.622

  • Microsoft Lumia 532

    1.615

  • Jolla Jolla

    1.605

  • Microsoft Lumia 435

    1.598

  • Sony Xperia Z Ultra

    1.578

  • Sony Xperia go

    1.577

  • Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160

    1.566

  • Samsung Galaxy Core

    1.563

  • LG Optimus G Pro

    1.552

  • Motorola Moto E

    1.545

  • LG Optimus 3D

    1.542

  • Nokia Asha 302

    1.537

  • Samsung Galaxy Core Prime

    1.507

  • BlackBerry Curve 9320

    1.488

  • Sony Xperia M

    1.473

  • Oppo N1

    1.47

  • Sony Xperia E4

    1.467

  • Meizu MX 4-core

    1.462

  • Nokia Lumia 610

    1.432

  • Samsung Galaxy S Duos

    1.4

  • Microsoft Lumia 535

    1.393

  • Sony Xperia M2

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

    1.393

  • Samsung Galaxy Grand 2

    1.38

  • Sony Xperia E1

    1.372

  • Nokia Lumia 625

    1.371

  • Gigabyte GSmart G1355

    1.361

  • Sony Xperia L

    1.351

  • Xiaomi Redmi 1S

    1.35

  • Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8

    1.35

  • HTC Desire 510

    1.34

  • Sony Xperia M2 Aqua

    1.331

  • Sony Xperia miro

    1.324

  • Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand

    1.321

  • Samsung I8530 Galaxy Beam

    1.315

  • Xiaomi Redmi 2

    1.311

  • HTC Desire C

    1.3

  • Nokia X

    1.291

  • Sony Xperia C

    1.283

  • Nokia Asha 503

    1.281

  • Nokia Asha 501

    1.27

  • LG Optimus L7

    1.269

  • Nokia Lumia 510

    1.268

  • Samsung Galaxy Fame

    1.245

  • LG Optimus L9

    1.227

  • Meizu MX

    1.221

  • Samsung Galaxy Young

    1.22

  • Sony Xperia E

    1.215

  • Nokia XL

    1.204

  • Sony Xperia E dual

    1.203

  • Asus Memo Pad 7 ME176C

    1.198

  • Samsung Galaxy Pocket

    1.18

  • Nokia Asha 305

    1.178

  • Nokia Asha 306

    1.175

  • Sony Xperia neo L

    1.169

  • Sony Xperia tipo

    1.166

  • Nokia Lumia 520

    1.161

  • Samsung S6802 Galaxy Ace Duos

    1.148

  • Samsung Galaxy mini 2

    1.114

Battery life

Microsoft has put a beefy 3,000mAh battery inside the Lumia 950, a solid power for a 5.2" device. The phone supports quick charging and can recharge up to 50% of the battery power in just 30 minutes. Wireless charging is available, too.

In our battery test the Lumia 950 scored a 48h rating, which means you can count on two days if you do an hour each of calling, browsing and video playback a day. The phone does average across all of the separate tests and in the standby endurance (about a week).



Such usage pattern is of course entirely artificial, but we've established it so our battery results are comparable across devices.

Our proprietary score also includes a standby battery draw test, which is not featured in our battery test scorecard but is calculated in the total endurance rating. Our battery testing procedure is described in detail in case you want to learn more about it.

Connectivity

The Lumia 950 supports 13 or 14 LTE bands (market dependent), there is rich 3G and quad-band Global System for Mobile communication (GSM) support, too. The phone uses a nano-SIM card to tap to cellular networks.

The rest of the wireless connectivity features include dual-band Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) a/b/g/n/ac support. There is also support for Bluetooth 4.1, GPS and GLONASS, plus an Frequency Modulation (FM) radio. Wireless classy screen mirroring is available via the Miracast protocol.

The Lumia 950 is Microsoft's very first device to support Universal Serial Bus (USB) Type-C - it's a recent reversible connector for Universal Serial Bus (USB) that builds on top of Universal Serial Bus (USB) 3.1.

If you like to utilize Universal Serial Bus (USB) OTG or Universal Serial Bus (USB) Host, you should either acquire the Microsoft's Display Dock or other compatible accessory or adapter.






The Microsoft Display Dock

The dock also allows you to connect the phone to an external monitor and is the backbone for enabling the full-blown Windows Continuum experience.

Make note that you can also utilize Continuum over the standard wireless Miracast protocol or connect the phone directly to the display via a USB-C to HDMI adapter.

In these cases however, you would not be able to utilize a wired moutilize and keyboard or like the Universal Serial Bus (USB) host functionality the dock provides. You could utilize a wireless moutilize and keyboard that connect over Bluetooth. There is also the concern about charging.

We'll discuss Continuum more in our dedicated section.

Windows 10, by the way, offers a very handy app called Gadgets, which is very similar to Sony's Smart Connect app. It allows you to set your device to do a variety of things - like launch an app - whenever you connect an accessory like a headset, dock or a charger.





Gadgets app


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