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Microsoft has many projects in parallel. First of all, the company needs to improve its operating system and in 2015, the Windows 10 was the last big upgrade, as from now on, we’ll see only updates. The Lumia 950 XL is a phablet running on Windows 10 mobile and it has many rivals, like other phablets running on Android. Samsung’s Galaxy Note 5 is a masterpiece, having an overhauled design and a much more powerful processor than its predecessor, here’s a short comparison between the Lumia 950 XL and Galaxy Note 5.

Designs and Displays

The Note 5 ditched the faux leather pattern in favor of a glass back which is kind of slippery, but which makes the phone look much better than any of Samsung’s older devices. First of all, this new design was tested on the Galaxy S6, after the designers were sent to the drawing board to build the flagship from scratch. Basically, the Note 5 is identical to the Galaxy S6, only that it’s much larger and has a fingerprint scanner. Its dimensions are 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, and it weights 171 grams because of the glass glass/metal design. The screen is using the Super AMOLED technology which makes the images look too vibrant, but the contrast and brightness are almost perfect. Also, the screen is very crisp because it supports a QHD resolution of 1440×2560 pixels with 518ppi, don’t forget that there’s a fingerprint scanner placed inside the home button, which is Paypal certified.

The Lumia 950 XL is also elegant, but it has a polycarbonate body which is surrounded by a metal frame. It weights 165 grams, while it measures 151.9×78.4×8.1mm, while the screen has the same size and resolution, but it’s AMOLED and it’s not as bright as the Super AMOLED. However, it protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 4, which is also used on the front and back sides of the Note 5.


The Lumia 540 XL features the improved version of the Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810, which has four cores running at 1.5GHz, while the other four cores are clocked at 2GHz and the internal storage of 32GB can be expanded up to 200GB by adding a microSD card. It’s worth mentioning that the device houses 3GB of RAM, which is sufficient to handle multitasking.

The Note 5 runs on Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop) but it will be upgraded to 6.0 Marshmallow once it will be available. It has the same hardware configuration as the Galaxy S6: an Exynos 7420 chipset consisting of a quad core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a quad core processor running at 2.1GHz, but Samsung added 4GB of RAM, in order to boost the performance. Unfortunately, the internal memory isn’t expandable, but it’s available in two variants of 32GB and 64GB.

Cameras and Batteries

Both flagships are equipped with a front camera of 5MP, but the resolution of Lumia 950 XL’s main camera is higher at 20MP and it uses OIS, Carl Zeiss optics and the PureView technology, but it rocks a triple-LED flash which will take excellent photos at night. The Note 5 uses a 16MP sensor with OIS, but it supports a single LED flash.

The Lumia 950 XL is powered by a removable Li-Ion 3340 mAh battery, which is charged via a USB Type-C connector, the 3000 mAh battery of the Note 5 supports quick charging and wireless charging.


The Lumia 950 XL costs $649, while the Note 5 with 32GB of storage is priced at $698.