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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]

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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 S6Samsung Note 5Lumia 950Lumia 950 XL
Display5.1-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 577 ppi5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 515 ppi5.2-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 565 ppi, OLED5.7-inch, 1440 x 2560 pixels, 515 ppi, OLED
Design, Thickness & Weight143.4 x 70.5 x 6.8 mm, Metallic153.2 x 76.1 x 7.6 mm, Metallic144.9 x 73.2 x 7.6, Polycarbonate151.9 x 78.4 x 7.8, Polycarbonate
OSAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopAndroid 5.1.1 LollipopWindows 10 MobileWindows 10 Mobile
ProcessorOcat-Core Exynos 7420Octa-Core Exynos 7420Hexa-Core Snapdragon 808Octa-core Snapdragon 810
Liquid CoolingNoNoYesYes
Battery2550 mAh Battery3000 mAh Battery3000 mAh Battery3400 mAh battery
Removable BatteryNoNoYesYes
Internal Storage32 / 64 /128 GB32 / 64 GB32 GB32 GB
Expandable Memory (MicroSD support)NoNoYesYes
RAM3 GB RAM4 GB RAM3 GB RAM3 GB RAM
SimDual-Sim supportDual-Sim supportDual-Sim supportDual-Sim support
FFC5 MP FFC5 MP FFC5 MP FFC5 MP FFC
Rear Camera16 MP16 MP20 MP , Triple-LED (Natural tone) flash20 MP , Triple-LED (Natural tone) flash
Optical image stabilizationYesYesYesYes
Dual ExposureNoNoYesYes
Imaging featuresNoNoLiving ImagesLiving Images
Video capture4K4K4K4K
Continuum for PhonesNoNoYesYes
Iris ScannerNoNoYesYes
Fast ChargingYesYesYesYes
Glance ScreenNoNoYesYes
HAAC audio recordingNoNoYesYes
Wireless ChargingYesYesYesYes
USB TechmicroUSB v2.0microUSB v2.0USB Type-CUSB Type-C
Fingerprint scannerYesYesNoNo
USPFingerPrint Scanner, Wiresless charging, Metal bodyFingerPrint Scanner, Wiresless charging, Metal bodyIris Scanner, Continuum for Phones, Wiresless charging, Camera qualityIris 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??