In the late fall of 2015, Microsoft has released two new Lumia devices, the 950 with a normal screen size and weaker specs and the XL version with a more powerful processor, but both devices are running on the new Windows 10 Mobile OS. Huawei has released its Mate 8 phablet, which runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and has a more luxurious aspect. In this article we’ll focus on each company’s phablet and after comparing their specs, you’ll pick a winner.
The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL measures 151.9×78.4×8.1mm and weights 165 grams. It has a plastic back, a metal frame and a large circular rear camera. Instead of featuring a fingerprint scanner for security benefits, the Lumia 950 XL has an iris scanner hidden inside the front camera. The Huawei Mate 8 is made entirely of metal, it’s taller and slimmer than the Lumia 950 XL, as it measures 157.1×80.6×7.9mm, but it weights 185 grams.
The Lumia 950 XL sports an AMOLED display of 5.7-inch that supports a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels at 518 ppi and it’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. On the other hand, the Mate 8 comes with an IPS-NEO LCD display of 6-inch, but it supports a lower resolution of 1920×1080 pixels at 368 ppi and it’s also protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
Processors, Graphics Cards & RAM
The Lumia 950 XL has a Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 with an octa-core processor formed from a quad-core Cortex A57 processor clocked at 2GHz and a quad-core Cortex A53 processor clocked at 1.5GHz, an Adreno 430 graphics card and 3GB of RAM.
The Mate 8 features a HiSilicon Kirin 950 chipset, which is powered by an octa-core processor formed from a quad-core Cortex A72 processor clocked at 2.3GHz and a Cortex A53 processor clocked at 1.8GHz, and they’re backed by a Mali-T880 MP4 graphics card. When it comes to the RAM capacity, the Mate 8 comes in two variants of 3GB and 4GB.
The Lumia 950 XL has an internal storage of 32GB, but it can be expanded up to 200GB using a microSD card. On the other hand, the Mate 8 comes in two internal storage variants of 32GB (3GB of RAM variant) and 64GB (4GB of RAM variant), which can be expanded with a microSD card up to 128GB.
The Lumia 950 XL sports a primary camera of 20MP (found on the rear side of the handset) that features triple-LED RGB flash, PureView technology, HDR, panorama, face detections and a secondary camera of 5MP (found on the front side of the device).
The Mate 8 has a weaker primary camera of 16MP with features such as dual-LED flash, autofocus, face detection, HDR, panorama, geo-tagging, while the secondary camera has a higher resolution of 8MP.
The Lumia 950 XL has a removable Li-Ion battery of 3340 mAh. On the other hand, the Mate 8 has a more powerful battery of 4000, which can’t be removed.
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