These two devices were released in the first quarter of 2015, and they are both wonderful to each their own (though Lumia hasn’t been getting a good name recently). They come with large displays, great specifications and features, and you’ll see more of the comparisons below.
Design-wise, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL’s back is made of plastic and it has a large circular camera located in the top center. It also measures 151.9×78.4×8.1mm and weight 165 grams. While the Galaxy Note 5 is slimmer, as it measures 153.2×76.1×7.6mm, it weights 171 grams and it looks prettier with its glossy glass back (Corning Gorilla Glass 4) and metal frame. In addition, the Note 5 has a S Pen stylus for taking notes directly on the screen.
Microsoft’s flagship also features an AMOLED display of 5.7-inch that supports a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels at 518 ppi and it’s protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4. The Galaxy Note 5 has a Super AMOLED display with the same size, resolution, pixel density and benefits from the same protection. It’s a tough one for this category.
While the Lumia 950 XL sports a primary camera of 20MP that’s found on the rear side of the device and features OIS, triple-LED RGB flash, geo-tagging, PureView technology, and face detection (just to name a few), Note 5’s in a completely different game. On the rear side of the Galaxy Note 5 you will find a primary camera of 16MP that feature autofocus, LED flash, OIS, geo-tagging, panorama, HDR, touch focus and on the front side of the phablet you will find the secondary camera of 5MP.
Which do you think is the likeliest winner here? We’ll have to give it to Samsung hands down.