Specs summary


The Microsoft Lumia 950's screen is 5.2 inches with 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution.


There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.8 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the Windows 10 operating system (OS).

20+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 20+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 11.5 days standby time, 1380 minutes (2G), 1080 minutes (3G), 570 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

Microsoft's Lumia 950 is a good Windows 10 smartphone with decent equipment and interesting technical features.

- Michael Moser , Notebookcheck 

The Lumia 950 is a mostly average smartphone, giving iPhone and Android users no reason to switch, and offering little appeal outside Windows phone diehards.

- Jessica Dolcourt , Cnet 

Reviews summary

Based on 25 reviews

What's good  

  • Sharp and clear display
  • Smooth performance during all tasks
  • Excellent picture quality in good and low light situations

What's bad  

  • Iris detector feature doesn't work all the time
  • Continuum feature requires peripheral accessories and only works with a few apps
  • Very limited app selection in Microsoft Store

In the battle of smartphones, Microsoft trails well behind giants like Apple and Android. The Lumia 950 is Microsoft's latest attempt to attract more the market and keep their users interested. Does it accomplish this? On the design front, experts say no. They call it uninspired, bland and cheap feeling due to the use of an all plastic body. At 0.3 inches it is not the slimmest smartphone on the market nor is it the lightest at 150 grams. Still, critics note the boxy design fit well in their hands and they can easily use it with one hand.

The 5.2-inch AMOLED display offers a quad HD resolution of 2,560 x 1,440, which is sharper than both the iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. For many reviewers, the display is the highlight of the Lumia 950 as it is incredibly sharp with decent sunlight legibility. They did notice, however, that colors tended to be a bit washed out though they add that blacks were nice and dark. Still Ars Technica calls the screen "glorious."

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The Lumia 950 comes with modern internal hardware: a hexa-core processor made up of a 1.82GHz dual-core chip and 1.44GHz quad-core and 3GB of RAM. Surprisingly, experts found the processor ran rather hot even during normal use. As well, they noticed some slowness in between some apps, but for the most part Windows 10 mobile ran fairly smoothly for them during basic tasks as well as more intensive tasks. Unfortunately the 3,000mAh battery didn't last them much longer than a day of normal use though fortunately it is removable and, according to critics, charged incredibly fast.

On the back of the phone is a 20MP camera equipped with optical image stabilization and triple LED flash. For the most part critics were able to take excellent pictures with good color reproduction and decent amount of contrast. Even in low light situations they were able to fairly decent images. Even still, they note that it could not compete with other competing cameras. They noticed a lack of fine detail in some indoor lighting situations. The front 5MP camera also performed admirably though again critics could not call it the best on the market.

Besides taking selfies and video conferencing, the front camera doubles as an iris-scanner for the Windows Hello feature. Users only have to hold up the camera the phone to their eye to then unlock the phone. For the most part reviewers only noticed issues in certain lighting conditions, but luckily Microsoft combats this with a PIN backup. While an interesting software addition, they also add it isn't any easier or faster than a fingerprint scanner.

Microsoft intends the biggest draw to be the Continuum feature. In practice it is meant to turn the phone into a full-fledged PC with the use of the Display Dock peripheral, a mouse and keyboard and a display. Essentially, users simply need to connect the phone to the Display Dock and they would be able to access their apps on a larger screen. Like the Windows Hello, critics though the overall idea was good but the execution was flawed as they noticed it had issues loading full desktop browser pages and it only worked with a few apps. Speaking of apps, the Microsoft App Store still lags far behind Google and Apple in terms of sheer number and availability of even popular apps.

In general while reviewers enjoyed using the Lumia 950 they have a difficult time recommending due to its price and disappointing new software features. Tech Radar states, "It's an incomplete picture…Of course, this is more than enough for Windows Phone 8.1 users to upgrade to the Windows 10 Mobile flagship's debut." CNET adds, "I do believe there are some people who will like the Lumia 950, which is good from a hardware perspective…In my opinion though, you'll get more from similarly priced or even cheaper Android phones."

Reviews (7/10 Avg. rating)

Know Your Mobile

Another missed opportunity for Microsoft

from Know Your Mobile
Microsoft's Lumia 950 is a very mixed bagged. Its camera and Windows 10 Continuum are fantastic, but its day-to-day performance, battery life and low screen brightness just aren't quite good enough to warrant a whole-hearted recommendation. This is a real shame, as there's clearly a lot of potential here, but when it costs £420 SIM-free or £32-per-month on a contract, you're paying a lot for something that doesn't feel nearly as slick as its Android rivals... Full review

State-of-the-art equipment without major shortcomings

from Notebookcheck

Microsoft's Lumia 950 is a decent smartphone with state-of-the-art equipment and without major shortcomings. The SoC is sufficiently fast for all applications and, for the first time in a smartphone, the installed Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 does not throttle under load. The generous storage can be expanded easily via a micro-SD card. The camera modules are good and also take decent photos especially in low light. The new USB Type-C port with USB 3.1 is cutting edge. The rivals still lag behind in this regard. A great feature is "Continuum" that represents a real added value in conjunction with... Full review

Tech Advisor

Decent hardware, reasonable price

from Tech Advisor
Windows 10 has arrived on smartphones and we're not exactly blown away. Loyal Windows and Windows Phone users will appreciate features like Universal Apps and while Continuum appears to be a real wow features, it requires a lot of extra equipment. The OS is buggy, too. The Lumia 950 itself offers some decent hardware, namely the screen, inside an uninspiring design. Unless you're set on the OS, there is a lot better on the market and for less money... Full review

A great piece of hardware with a stunning camera

from Coolsmartphone
A great phone that has been let down by some mediocre software. If you are a fan of the Windows way of working then you will get on with this phone very well, especially if you have made the move to Windows 10 on your laptop/desktop... Full review
Phone Scoop

Overall value is not compelling

from Phone Scoop
I gotta admit it, I'm a bit disappointed with the Lumia 950. I know Microsoft could have made a better phone. It distinctly feels like Microsoft cut corners in creating this handset and purposely gimped it with a boring, non-descript design and cheap materials. There's plenty to like, but the overall value is not compelling. For a $600 smartphone, I expected a whole lot more from the Lumia 950... Full review
Tech Advisor

Decent hardware inside an uninspiring design

from Tech Advisor
Windows 10 has arrived on smartphones and we're not exactly blown away. Loyal Windows and Windows Phone users will appreciate features like Universal Apps and while Continuum appears to be a real wow features, it requires a lot of extra equipment. The OS is buggy, too. The Lumia 950 itself offers some decent hardware, namely the screen, inside an uninspiring design. Unless you're set on the OS, there is a lot better on the market and for less money... Full review

The phone the can be a PC

from GottaBeMobile

Windows Phone owners on AT&T don’t have much choice. This is the only Windows Phone the carrier has going into the holiday season. The Lumia 950 can’t replace your PC, but is a perfectly capable phone despite it being the ugliest direct competition for the iPhone 6s there is right now. I firmly believe that Continuum can be a game-changer. For $149 with a two-year contract, you’re getting an “I Owe You” from Microsoft though.

Windows Phone user or not, I simply can’t recommend that anyone, anyone at all, purchase the $550 Unlocked Lumia 950... Full review

Tech Advisor

Offers some decent hardware inside an uninspiring design

from Tech Advisor
Windows 10 has arrived on smartphones and we're not exactly blown away. Loyal Windows and Windows Phone users will appreciate features like Universal Apps and while Continuum appears to be a real wow features, it requires a lot of extra equipment. The OS is buggy, too. The Lumia 950 itself offers some decent hardware, namely the screen, inside an uninspiring design. Unless you're set on the OS, there is a lot better on the market and for less money... Full review

The phone for Windows fans (and no one else)

from Pocketnow

It bears some of the least aspirational industrial design we’ve seen this year, and it struggles with the very fundamentals of the smartphone experience, like shooting video and checking email (email!). When you realize you can get a Nexus 6P or last year’s iPhone for less, those shortcomings really start to stand out. As the Windows 10 ecosystem grows, we may eventually see a day where a Windows-powered smartphone has a place in pockets other than Microsoft’s devoted following. But today is not that day. The Lumia 950 is a smartphone for the fans. All others –for no... Full review


Right path, but not out of the woods yet

from TechnoBuffalo
I’m going to keep using the Lumia 950 on the side (with Microsoft’s permission of course.) And I hope that Continuum improves over the coming months. In the meantime, I don’t recommend you buy this phone unless you’re a huge Windows fan and, as one myself, even then it’s hard to recommend anything more than “wait.” But I think we’re on the right track, let these grapes ferment some more, and we might end up with something much sweeter... Full review

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Full Specs

Release date October 7, 2015
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1700/1900/700/2100 /800/850/900/1800/2600 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows 10

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa core 1.8 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
32 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.48 W/kg
Body: 0.6 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging Yes
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 570 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time Up to:
1380 minutes (2G)
1080 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 11.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Black, White
Dimensions [H x W x D] 14.5 x 7.3 x 0.8 cm
(5.7 x 2.9 x 0.3 in)
Weight 150 grams
(5.3 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology AMOLED
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels
Pixel Density 564 pixels
Size 5.2 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Internet Explorer Mobile
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots Yes
Expansion Slots Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 200 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 20+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (Triple LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Effects, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, Self-timer
Video Recording Formats H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Ultra HD (3840 x 2160 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 5+ megapixels
Zoom Yes
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, WMV
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
Notepad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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