Microsoft Lumia 950 XL - Unlocked One hand holding phone with laptop in background

One Windows experience

Windows 10 keeps your digital life in sync across all your devices. All your apps, games, and music are in one convenient place with the Windows Store. And Cortana provides reminders on your Windows 10 devices. Plus, Office is easy to use on the 5.7-inch screen, and Outlook has the same rich editing tools as Microsoft Word.1

Microsoft Lumia 950 XL - Unlocked Smiling seated woman holding phone with screenshot to right

Superior performance

Photos, videos, and games come to life on the gorgeous 5.7-inch Quad HD display. Its cutting-edge octa-core processor runs multiple apps simultaneously without flinching. And with USB-C fast charging and an extra-large battery, you’ll always have plenty of power no matter what.2

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World-class imaging

Capture every detail of your life with the 20MP camera that automatically reduces motion blur for a sharper shot every time. And poorly lit situations are no match for the built-in triple LED natural flash, and the automatic setting allows you to tweak images afterwards.1


Qualcomm Snapdragon 810
Octa-core 2.0GHz
Clock rate: 2000 MHz


5.7″ WQHD (2560 x 1440)
TrueColor (24-bit/16M)
AMOLED, ClearBlack
Orientation sensor, sunlight readability enhancements, easy to clean, high brightness mode, Lumia color profile, wide viewing angle, Corning Gorilla Glass 4, automatic brightness control
Super sensitive touch


Mass memory: 32GB
Maximum memory card size: 200GB
Expandable memory card type: microSD
Microsoft OneDrive cloud storage


Replaceable battery
Built-in wireless charging, fast charging
Wireless charging standard: Qi
Max standby time: Up to 300 hr
Max talk time: Up to 19 hr
Max music playback time: 70 hr
Max Wi-Fi network browsing time: 9 hr
Max video playback time: 11 hr


GSM network: 850MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz
GSM max data speed DL: EGPRS 296.0kbps
GSM max data speed UL: EGPRS 236.8kbps
WCDMA network: Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 8 (900MHz)
WCDMA max data speed DL: 42.2Mbps (Cat 24)
WCDMA max data speed UL: 5.76Mbps (Cat 6)
LTE FDD network: Band 1 (2100MHz), Band 17 (700MHz), Band 2 (1900MHz), Band 20 (800MHz), Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 4 (1700/2100 MHz), Band 5 (850MHz), Band 7 (2600MHz), Band 8 (900MHz), Band 28 (700MHz), Band 12 (700MHz)
TD-LTE network: Band 38 (2570-2620MHz), Band 40 (2300-2400MHz), Band 41 partially (2555-2575 MHz)
LTE max data speed DL: 150 Mbps (Cat 4)
LTE max data speed UL: 50 Mbps (Cat 4)

Maps and navigation7

Location technologies: A-GLONASS, A-GPS, barometer, cellular and Wi-Fi network positioning, sensor enhanced positioning, gyroscope, A-BeiDou
Maps: Free maps, online and offline favorites, pin places to Start screen, real-time traffic information, reveal the surrounding places, turn-by-turn walk directions, public transport and drive directions, free global voice guided turn-by-turn drive navigation, offline maps and navigation, speed limit information, map views: satellite, street maps, public transport

Main camera

20MP auto focus with two-stage capture key
Digital zoom: 2x
6-lens optics
Optical image stabilization
Sensor size: 1/2.4″
F-number/aperture: f/1.9
Focal length: 26mm
Flash type: Natural flash
Features: Backside-illuminated image sensor, High-resolution zoom 2x, PureView, True 16:9 sensor, Fast Focus
Minimum focus range: 10cm

Front-facing camera

Full HD 5MP wide angle
F-number/aperture: f/2.4
Features: Still image capture, Video call, Video recording
Front camera video resolution: 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080)

Video recording

Main camera video resolution: 4K (3840 x 2160)
Video frame rate: 30fps
Video zoom: 3x
Video recording features: Video zoom, optical image stabilization, Continuous autofocus, Video light, Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones, Lumia Video Trimmer app
Video recording formats: MP4/H.264


Recording codecs: AAC LC, AMR-NB, GSM FR
Recording: Lumia Rich Recording with four microphones
Playback: Graphical equalizer, virtualized loudspeaker listening
Radio features: FM Radio8

Video playback

Codecs: H.263, H.264/AVC, MPEG-4, VC-1, Windows video, H.265/HEVC
Video streaming: YouTube browsing and video streaming, streaming from video services and Internet, progressive video download, Video Upload app


Design details: Exchangeable back cover
Other user interface features: Glance screen, tactile feedback, voice commands, voice dictation in edit fields

Keys and input methods

Touch, volume keys, camera key, power/lock key


Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Barometer, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, SensorCore

Tools and productivity9

Productivity features: Calendar, interactive notifications, pin information to Start screen, reminders, voice dictation in edit fields, wired and wireless Continuum for phone, Word Flow keyboard
Personal information management features: Calculator, alarm clock, reminders, phonebook, to-do list, Kid’s Corner, OneNote, social networks in Phonebook, Wallet, file manager
Business apps: Adobe Reader free download, Company Hub for enterprise applications, Microsoft Outlook, OneDrive storage for documents and notes, Skype for Business, Integrated OneDrive for Business, Office apps
Backup and restore data: Yes
Sync type: Exchange Active Sync, Via Windows phone apps, OneDrive documents
Device management: AirWatch, MobileIron, Symantec, Microsoft System Center, OMA Client Provisioning v1.1, OMA Device Management 1.1.2, OMA Device Management v1.2, Windows Intune

Messaging features

Text messaging, automatic resizing of images for MMS, distribution lists for messaging, multimedia messaging, conversational chat style SMS, unified inbox for SMS and MMS, concatenated SMS for long messages, integrated text messaging and chat, number screening for messaging, text-to-speech message reader, built-in RCS chat

Call management

Call types: Conference call, HD voice call, Skype video call, Skype voice call
Call management features: Call waiting, call history, call forwarding, integrated hands-free speakers, speed dial, voice mail, call recording, seamless upgrade to video call
Noise cancellation: Multi-microphone uplink noise cancellation
Phonebooks: Supports one integrated phonebook

Other applications

Game features: Touch UI, Xbox Live Hub, DirectX 11


Viewing and editing of email attachments, multiple email accounts, HTML emails, inbox filtering, text-to-speech message reader, conversational view on email, linked inboxes

Social apps

Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, WhatsApp, OneDrive

Device security

General Security features: Device lock, PIN code, Device lock passcode, Regular signed firmware updates, Track and Protect via Internet, application certification, application sandboxing, backup and restore via Internet, browser integrated anti-phishing, remote device lock via Internet, remote device wipe via Internet, secure boot, signed OS, consumer VPN, Windows Hello ready
Enterprise security features: Mobile VPN, remote lock and wipe, hardware accelerated device encryption, mobile device management, remote security policy enforcement, data protection under PIN lock, secure identities
Supported security standards: TLS v1.0, TLS v1.1, TLS v1.2, SSL v3.0, Suite B ciphers
Wi-Fi security modes: EEAP-TTLS/MSCHAPv2, WPA, WEP, EAP-AKA, PEAP-MSCHAPv2, WPA2 (AES/TKIP), WPA2-Enterprise, WPA2-Personal, EAP-TLS, WPA-Enterprise, EAP-SIM, WPA-Personal


Dual Nano SIM
3.5mm audio connector, DisplayPort over USB-C
Charging connectors: USB-C
System connectors: USB-C
USB, USB 3.1
Bluetooth 4.1
Bluetooth profiles: Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) 1.2, Audio/Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP) 1.4, Generic Attribute Profile (GATT), Hands-free profile (HFP) 1.6, Human Interface Device Profile (HID), Object Push profile (OPP) 1.1, Personal Area Network Profile (PAN) 1.0, Phone Book Access Profile (PBAP) 1.1, HID over GATT profile (HOGP) 1.0, Message Access Profile (MAP)
NFC: Pairing, secure NFC for payment, sharing, tagging
Wi-Fi: WLAN IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, MIMO, Wi-Fi call
Wi-Fi hotspot: Up to 8 Wi-Fi-enabled devices
Other wireless connectivity: Screen projection

Local sharing

Peer-to-peer sharing: Lumia Beamer, Lumia Storyteller, Play to DLNA app, Nearby Discovery


5.98 x 3.09 x .33 inches (151.9 x 78.4 x 8.3 mm) (L x W x H10)

  • Microsoft Lumia 950 XL
  • Product user guide
  • Battery
  • Charger
  • USB-C cable

Rated 5 out of5 by fromBest Windows Phone EverI’m an old man and I have had lots of different phones. I have had this phone for a few days now. I bought it unlocked and have it on T-Mobile’s network. The phone is flawless. All the apps work great out of the box. Battery life is very good considering it is a huge phone with a very bright display. Calls are crystal clear. The text app has some cool new features such as putting the phone on its side shows you your contacts in a list. Cortana is amazing! You have to try “Hey Cortana”! The iris recognition works so much better than expected. I have had ZERO crashes or issues. I was so skeptical about this phone. My doubts have been overcome.

Date published: 2016-01-21

Rated 5 out of5 by fromA new generation of hardwareUpgraded from the Lumia 920 (2 cores @ 1GHz) to the Lumia 950 XL (8 cores @ 2GHz) and the difference is significant. The 920 runs Windows 10 Mobile really well, actually, but you can just tell the 950 XL / Snapdragon 810 is a new level of performance. I use Continuum with my Microsoft Wireless Display Adapter; it connects in seconds and then I stream YouTube directly to my amplifier/TV from my phone… such a nice setup. And Windows + Lumia are only going to keep getting updated and getting better.I will observe: it’s not really a one-handed device, but no phablet really is one-handed. Other than that, which I expected, it’s completely amazing.

Date published: 2015-12-17

Rated 5 out of5 by fromAlmost there!Received this phone about 2 weeks ago and since the hardware is great I’m giving this phone 5 stars, but if this were a review of windows 10 mobile I’d have to downgrade for now. Understand when you buy this phone that Microsoft is constantly updating the OS and soon it will be where it needs to be, but as of now it has a fair bit of improvement to be had. Initial issues included deplorable battery life and inability to download files directly to SD card (OS and firmware updates took care of that) but little bugs still exist. I have full confidence that Microsoft will update the OS to fully utilize this incredible hardware, just a matter of time.

Date published: 2015-12-24

Rated 5 out of5 by fromWhy isn’t WP More Popular than it is????My wife and I have had our Lumia 950s (XL for me, base 950 for her) for several months now and we are very happy with them. I was a Lumia 925 user, and she was an iPhone 5 user.Pros: Great Windows 10 Mobile OS, Fast/responsive UI and navigation, beautiful display, long battery life, fast charging, upgradable memory, replaceable battery (if needed – haven’t got there yet), etc.As great as this phone/OS is, I just can’t figure out why it isn’t more popular than it is. People really need to give it another try, as IMO, I think it is better than iOS and Android, especially if you use the whole Windows 10 EcoSystem (Phone, Tablet, Desktop).

Date published: 2016-11-03

Rated 5 out of5 by fromEverything in one deviceI’ve had the 950xl for about a month now and its great. I also have a MS band 2, a MS fold-able keyboard and a screen beam mini. With these accessories, I have put away the macbook pro and ipad. If I need a bigger screen I easily connect with the screen beam to my tv and the xl becomes a touch pad. If I need to type out a doc or long email its easy with the little folding keyboard. Besides the health app, the band lets be screen email and texts while I’m in a meeting. Even lets me pay for coffee. I have gone from Laptop + Tablet + phone to a phone and a few accessories. No longer chained to a desk

Date published: 2016-08-02

Rated 4 out of5 by fromGood phone with the potential to be great.Bought the 950XL to replace IPhone 6s Plus 64gbBuild quality: 4/5. Lightweight but still feels sturdy.Speed: 5/5. Typical WP speed. Fast, fluid, great.Screen: 5/5. Absolutely beautifulCamera: 4/5. Best pictures and videos I’ve ever seen on a phone. Blows 6s Plus away, for sure in low light. Taking a picture did FREEZE the phone twice so far.Battery: 3/5. Not great so far, may be the first few days of use.NetworkCell Data: 5/5. One of my main gripes about the IPhone was the poor transfer speeds over WiFi. 950XL is excellent so far.Apps: 1/5. Everyone knows this.Overall: 8/10Micros SD card is perfect!

Date published: 2016-01-17

Rated 4 out of5 by fromGood hardware, OS requires a lot of workIn general the hardware is good. The back cover makes it look a bit cheap, though. You can easily replace it with a third party cover and it will add some premium look and feel.The OS unfortunately is still far from ready in my opinion. All the frustration comes from software side. The phone restarts randomly, the screen stops responding to touch frequently for a while, especially when onscreen keyboard or the navigation keys are displayed.The battery life could be improved.The camera is good, although it’s not as superior as L920 was in its time.Call quality is perfect, noise cancellation is stunning.If you’re a Windows Phone fan then it’s a no brainer.

Date published: 2016-04-22

Rated 4 out of5 by fromGreat size/weight, but missing features.I’ve been using Windows phones for years and have been happy with the advancements made with Windows 10. The unlocked 950 XL works great on US T-Mobile with incredible data speeds and call quality.The downside to this device is that Visual Voicemail is not supported with dual sim devices with Windows 10. Not a huge setback, but enough for me to take a star away from the rating.Windows Hello is pretty cool. Takes a little getting used to, but after training the device to see me a few times, it’s been pretty reliable.Battery life hasn’t been that great, but I haven’t put it through it’s full paces yet.Microsoft has done a great job listening to users and continues to evolve the Windows 10 environments.

Date published: 2015-12-17