Comparison: Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Lumia 950 vs Note 5 vs Lumia 950 XL

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Samsung Galaxy S6-Note 5Microsoft finally unveiled its new Lumia flagships at yesterday’s event. Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL are out now and in their minds, prospective buyers and Windows Phone fans may already be comparing these two to Samsung’s Flagship Android smartphones Galaxy S6 and Note 5. So, many of you may like to know how Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL will stack against the Samsung’s flagships.

In this article we will compare Samsung Galaxy S6, Note 5, Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL and see how these four fare against each other in terms of specs, features and pricing. Check the comparison table below.

You can read about Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL pricing and release date for all markets by clicking here. You can read all about Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL specifications, features and release markets at our dedicated pages.

[Lumia 950 Page]

[Lumia 950 XL page]

We have also posted comparisons between Lumia 950 / 950 XL and latest iPhone 6S and 6S Plus and also between Lumia 950 / 950 XL and Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P that gives you a good idea about how these devices compare to each other in terms of specifications, feature and price.

Samsung Galaxy S6 vs Lumia 950 vs Note 5 vs Lumia 950 XL:

Samsung Galaxy S6 Samsung Note 5 Lumia 950 Lumia 950 XL
Display 5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 577 ppi 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 515 ppi 5.2-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 565 ppi, OLED 5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 515 ppi, OLED
Design, Thickness & Weight 143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, Metallic 153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, Metallic 144.9 x 73.2 x 7.6, Polycarbonate 151.9 x 78.4 x 7.8, Polycarbonate
OS Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Android 5.1.1 Lollipop Windows 10 Mobile Windows 10 Mobile
Processor Ocat-Core Exynos 7420 Octa-Core Exynos 7420 Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808 Octa-core Snapdragon 810
Liquid Cooling No No Yes Yes
Battery 2550 mAh Battery 3000 mAh Battery 3000 mAh Battery 3400 mAh battery
Removable Battery No No Yes Yes
Internal Storage 32 / 64 /128 GB 32 / 64 GB 32 GB 32 GB
Expandable Memory (MicroSD support) No No Yes Yes
RAM 3 GB RAM 4 GB RAM 3 GB RAM 3 GB RAM
Sim Dual-Sim support Dual-Sim support Dual-Sim support Dual-Sim support
FFC 5 MP FFC 5 MP FFC 5 MP FFC 5 MP FFC
Rear Camera 16 MP 16 MP 20 MP , Triple-LED (Natural tone) flash 20 MP , Triple-LED (Natural tone) flash
Optical image stabilization Yes Yes Yes Yes
Dual Exposure No No Yes Yes
Imaging features No No Living Images Living Images
Video capture 4K 4K 4K 4K
Continuum for Phones No No Yes Yes
Iris Scanner No No Yes Yes
Fast Charging Yes Yes Yes Yes
Glance Screen No No Yes Yes
HAAC audio recording No No Yes Yes
Wireless Charging Yes Yes Yes Yes
USB Tech microUSB v2.0 microUSB v2.0 USB Type-C USB Type-C
Fingerprint scanner Yes Yes No No
USP FingerPrint Scanner, Wiresless charging, Metal body FingerPrint Scanner, Wiresless charging, Metal body Iris Scanner, Continuum for Phones, Wiresless charging, Camera quality Iris Scanner, Continuum for Phones, Wiresless charging, Camera quality
Pricing $639 $699 $549 $649

It is perhaps the closest specifications fight that Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL have endured yet, against any competitor’s flagship devices we have compared them to. In fact Display, RAM, Processors wise it looks like a close call at fist glance, but pros and cons appear on closer inspection.

Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL do better than Galaxy S6 and Note 5 in Battery life, expandable memory, replaceable battery, Camera (Rear). But Note 5 has more RAM than Lumia 950 XL and Galaxy S6 has slightly higher PPI and Octa-Core vs Hexa-Core advantage over Lumia 950. Though Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL feature “Liquid Cooling” missing from Samsung flagships.

Lumia 950 and Lumai 950 XL also have some unique features missing from Samsung flagships like Continuum for Phones, Iris Scanner, Glance Screen, HAAC recording etc. In comparison Note 5 and Galaxy s6 have Fingerprint scanner missing from Lumia Flagships. Lumia Flagships also come with USB Type-C with clear benefits over microUSB tech used in Samsung flagships.

Pricing wise too Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL drill smaller holes in your pocket than Galaxy Flagships. So, overall it seems that Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL pack enough ammunition to blast Samsung Flagships out of the Park. Some may argue about the metallic body of Note 5 and Galaxy S6 over polycarbonate body of Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL, but considering the availability of Metal Body Covers for Lumia Flagships, this doesn’t seem to be a very big disadvantage anymore.

Do let us know what you think of this comparison??

KN
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  • Michael Bendkowski

    you did not mention that all 4 have OLED display and not only the Lumia! as well as other parameters that you didnot mention like: radio, only by the lumia etc

  • Robert

    Totally unfair. There are surface phone in the pipeline 🙂

  • Vijay Kumar

    BTW for many people having Dual SIM is life saver (Work phone & Personal Phone), 950 / XL both will have dual SIM variants..which I don’t think any other flagship phone has it.

  • CyberAngel

    Totally unfair! – THere are new S7 & Note 6 coming up!
    Wait for the new Samsung products!

    • Totally fair. Not released, not able to compare.

    • Kamal

      Let them come and then we can compare again 🙂

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