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Microsoft recently announced the Lumia 950 at their event in New York City alongside other devices from the Windows family.
Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 hexa core SoC and a 3GB of RAM the device is the first smartphone to have Windows 10 in the market. Add to that the presence of a 20MP Carl Zeiss Optical lenses and a 200GB of memory expansion slot!
The Redmond giants haven't left any stones unturned with its flagship Lumia offerings for this year. However does this device have enough in it to stand up tall against its Android counterparts? Let's find out.
Build & Design:
While the Lumia 950 carries forward the multi coloured polycarbonate design language of Microsoft made Lumia devices, the Sony Xperia Z5 boast of more premium materials.
It uses the typical Omnibalance design language of Sony - the dual glass and metal profile. The Xperia Z5 looks and feel premium like most other Sony flagships.
The Nexus 5X on the other hand comes with a Lumia like polycarbonate build. It is similar to the one seen on the two year old Nexus 5 - after all LG made that too.
All the three smartphones come with similar sized display 5.2 inch display. However the Lumia 950 has an edge in this category as it sports a Quad HD (2560x1440) AMOLED panel.
On the other hand the Nexus 5X and Xperia Z5 both boasts of Full HD IPS Panels. For protection all the three devices boast of Gorilla Glass 3.
Under the hood:
Sony Xperia Z5 with its octa core Snapdragon 810 SoC is a clear winner here. This is coupled with an Adreno 430 GPU and a 3GB of RAM.
On the other hand the Nexus 5X and the Lumia 950 features a hexa core Snapdragon 808 coupled with an Adreno 418. This is the same chip as found on the LG G4. In spite of being a tad low in terms of power, the Snapdragon 808 is a much reliable when it comes to heating and throttling issues.
The Nexus 5X weak point however is the RAM. It comes with a 2GB unit as compared to the 3GB found in the Lumia 950.
In terms of storage all the three devices come in 16/32GB variants. The Lumia 950 and Sony Xperia Z5 also sports memory expansion slots via MicroSD card slots upto 200GB. Sadly though the Nexus 5X misses out on the nicety.
In terms of camera the Xperia Z5 is a clear winner thanks to the 23MP unit on the back. The Lumia 950 isn't a slouch too thanks to the 20MP unit sourced from Carl Zeiss. Going by the reputation of Lumia flagships, you can rest assured that this will be one hell of a camera.
The Nexus 5X sadly fits in just a 12.3MP unit on the back. All the three units are capable of shooting 4K videos.
On the front of the trio of devices is a 5MP selfie snapper. The front camera can even shoot Full HD videos.
The LG Nexus 5X comes with the smallest unit on the back - 2700mAh. The Sony Xperia Z5 however comes with a slightly larger 2900mAh. Sporting a Snapdragon 810 on the inside, the Xperia badly needed this battery boost. However the Microsoft Lumia 950 is a clear winner in this department thanks to the 3000mAh unit.
The three devices come with the usual set of connectivity features including a WiFi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.1 and A-GPS. Additionally they support 4G LTE connectivity too. However the USP of the Lumia 950 and the Nexus 5X lies in the USB Type C port at the bottom of the device.
The only device among the three to sport a Fingerprint sensor for added level of security is the Nexus 5X. In fact Google is calling this fingerprint sensor as one fastest available in the market.
This is an area where the three devices are vastly different. While both the Xperia Z5 and the Nexus 5X runs on Android, the Lumia 950 runs on the latest iteration of Windows - Windows 10 Mobile.
Even the Nexus 5X and Sony Xperia are different in terms of the version of Android they are running on. While the LG made Nexus 5X runs on the Google's latest and greatest Android Marshmallow (6.0), the Sony Xperia Z5 runs Android Lollipop (5.1.1) on top.
As expected the Sony Xperia is the costliest among the trio at Rs 51,800 approx. The recently launched Microsoft Lumia 950 on the other hand comes at around Rs 42,500 ($649). The Nexus 5X is the cheapest of the lot at Rs 31,999.