Lacklustre Looks: Lumia 950 & 950 XL Design

The leaked product images for the Lumia 950 and 950 XL have stirred up quite a commotion in the Windows Phone community. Although they are unofficial, they provide a good look at what Microsoft’s next flagship devices will look like when they hit store shelves later this year. Unfortunately for many, including myself, the phones don’t completely satisfy the thirst that has built up over the past 14 months of waiting since the last flagship.

My main problem is with the Lumia 950. To start, the back panel shape does nothing but remind me of the low-end Lumia 520. The metal around the camera housing looks ridiculously oversized and seems to serve no purpose at all, other than to look stupidly out of place. The bezel above and below the screen looks like it takes up almost a quarter of the front, meaning the display is kept further from your fingers. This is especially awful when you take into account that this phone has a 5.5” display. The phone doesn’t even have physical or capacitive buttons at the bottom as reasoning for the bottom part of bezel. If the Lumia 950 doesn’t at least feel good to hold and use when it comes out, you can count me out of ever owning it.

To me the Lumia 950 XL looks like an excellent device, and I think it stands up well alongside other high-end smartphones. The small metal ring around the camera housing is a nice addition here, and is a nice accent on the otherwise simplistic back panel. The bezel on the top and bottom isn’t overly huge when compared to the size of the device, unlike on the 950. The choice to put the power button between the volume buttons on the side seems odd, but hopefully their size difference will be enough to differentiate them. Overall I think it looks like an excellent device, and hopefully it feels just as good to use.

 

Photo Source: @evleaks

Scott

My personal technology interests lie in the realms of mobile, gaming, and almost anything Microsoft. That last part in mind, I still do try to follow the other technology giants in a more general sense. I’m not afraid to admit that the build quality of the iPhone is outstanding, that Android offers the most robust customization of any popular mobile OS, or that the PlayStation 4 has some incredibly impressive exclusive titles.

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