Microsoft has released lots of Lumia devices in 2014 and while some have impressed with their powerful specs, others have convinced the potential customers to give them a try because they’re pretty and take high quality photos with their advanced cameras. Neither the Lumia 930, which was launched last year, nor the Lumia 950 flagship, which will hit the stores in December, will disappoint you.
Designs and Displays
The Lumia 930 is smaller and measures 137x71x9.8mm, resulting in a total weight of 167grams, which is convenient, even if the device is quite thick. You will love the variety of colors which were chosen for the non-removable polycarbonate shell, but the phone has another advantage, which is the metal frame running around the sides. The front panel is black and has slightly thick bezels, while the screen measures 5-inchs and it offers a Full HD resolution of 1080×1920 pixels at 441ppi. The display was created by Samsung and it uses AMOLED technology, which makes the colors very vibrant and the contrast is almost perfect.
The Lumia 950 has also a plastic back, but it’s available in only two colors: black and white and it’s larger, measuring 145×73.2×8.2mm, but Microsoft managed to make it lighter at 150grams and the bezels around the 5.2-inch screen are also slimmer. The screen is using the same technology, but it’s capable of supporting a higher resolution of 1440x2560pixels at 564ppi.
The Lumia 930 is planned to be upgraded to Windows 10. Its internal configuration is weaker than what other 2014 models are offering, but the Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.2 GHz Krait 400 processor is doing a good job and the users are able to play many new games thanks to the Adreno 330 graphics, which are backed by 2GB of RAM. The downside of this device is the lack of a microSD card slot, which limits the users to 32GB of internal storage.
The Lumia 950 doesn’t come with the latest Qualcomm processor either, because Microsoft opted for the Snapdragon 808 hexa core series, with a clock speed of 1.82GHz, and which is backed by Adreno 418 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The internal memory has the same capacity, but it’s expandable up to 200GB.
Cameras and Batteries
Both phones have rear cameras with a resolution of 20MP, which use Carl Zeiss optics and PureView technology and support optical image stabilization, but the Lumia 930 has dual-LED flash and 1/2.5″ sensor size, while its front camera supports 1.2MP, which isn’t extraordinary for selfies. The Lumia 950 has a triple-LED RGB flash and 1/2.4′ sensor size, while the front camera is more advanced at 5MP.
Inside the Lumia 930 was placed a 2420 mAh battery which lasts 15 hours and a half when making voice calls, while the Lumia 950 is powered by a larger 3000mAh battery which withstands up to 18 hours.