Comparison (video) between the Lumia 950 and the Nexus 5X


It’s a no-brainer that from the moment you set your sights on both the Nexus 5X and Lumia 950 side by side, there have a whole lot in common…

  • Both were released late this 2015, are flagship devices,
  • Have 5.2inch screen
  • both are powered by the Snapdragon 808 CPU, Adreno 418 GPU
  • both support fast charging,
  • protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Both use nano-SIM
  • they use the new USB Type-C connectors,
  • have the same polycarbonate plastic material
  • and even the same simplistic block form factor with a slight camera hump.


It looks like both devices are almost identical, looking at the long list of features that are common between the two.

But there are a lot of differences also. And we will take a look at that now:

The OS (Windows 10 Mobile v. Android):

The Nexus 5X comes with the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS, there’s really no new, innovative, jaw-dropping feature. Android 6.0 brings support for Android pay and some cool (but mostly unused) Google Now features. Windows 10 Mobile on the other hand, is a whole new OS, built from scratch and packed with new UI/UX changes from the previous Windows Phone 8.1, there just isn’t enough space on here to list all of them, from the new Windows Hello feature, to actionable action center, to new Windows mobile store, skype+messaging integration, GIF support and many many more. I take an in-depth look at Windows 10 Mobile in a separate article coming soon.

But there is one area the Nexus 5X and Android 6.0 outshine the Windows 10 Mobile running Lumia 950 and that’s apps!

Even with all the apps, the 5X has only 2GB RAM to support them all, while the Lumia 950 has 3GB RAM.

The Display Screen:

The Nexus 5X has a rather mediocre display for a high end flagship device, it’s a 1080x2560p with 423ppi, while the Lumia 950 has a superb 1440x2560p with a rich 564ppi, and not to mention its Clear Black Display for viewing under direct sunlight.

Looking at the two screens, you can see the huge difference in sharpness.

Storage management:

The Nexus 5X does not have a microSD card but is available in either a 16GB or 32GB versions, while the Lumia 950 comes in only a 32GB version but it does have a microSD card slot so that doesn’t matter. The microSD card slot can support cards up to 2TB, even though in theory, there largest microSD capacity in the market today is a 200GB card, which works fine on the Lumia 950.


The battery on the 950 is a 3000mAh battery and it is removable/swappable, but not on the 5X which has a smaller 2700mAh battery.

The battery after heavy use on the Lumia 950 lasts 6-8hours which is very poor, the battery on the 5X also lasts as long under heavy use, so I do not see the benefit of having a larger battery over the smaller 2700mAh battery on the 5X. Hopefully, future updates to eh Lumia 950 will improve battery life, but for now it is miserable.

The Lumia 950 also supports both Qi or PMA wireless charging, the 5X support neither of those wireless charging standards.

Fingerprint v. Iris Scanner

The Nexus 5X uses fingerprint scanner for unlocking/authentication and boy do I wish the Lumia 950 uses the same, instead it uses an iris scanner, which is slow and works half the time. But hopefully it will get updated and work much better. The iris scanner symbolizes contactless authentication, since it unlocks by scanning your iris, but you have to press the power button to initiate this authentication, so it is not really contactless, since you still have to press the power button first and then does it scan, so it is like a 2-way unlock basically. The Nexus 5X just unlocks one time, all you have to do is put your finger on the scanner on the back!

The Camera Quality:

And finally, the camera and image quality between both devices. While they both do a lot in common between them, the Lumia 950 beats the Nexus 5X. The 5X uses a 12.3MP camera with laser focus, dual LED flash, with a 5MP front facing camera. While the Lumia 950 has a 20MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens and Pureview technology, triple-LED RGB flash and a 5MP front facing camera that records 1080p HD.

The Lumia 950 like every other high end Lumia before it, comes with a superb camera, and the Lumia 950 doesn’t disappoint. It easily beats the camera on the Nexus 5X, but then again, image quality has never been the strongest suit of the Nexus line.

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Here are a few comparison shots between the two devices as well as 4K video recordings for you to review, the Lumia 950 is on the left (wider), while you can see the Nexus 5X on the right…

Here is a sample 4K video shot with the Lumia 950….

And here is the same scenario shot in 4K with the Nexus 5X…

In Conclusion:

The Lumia 930 and Nexus 5X look like they were cut from the same DNA, but that just on their physical appearance and make-up. Underneath, the Lumia 950 packs a punch and when compared in depth to the 5X, it destroys the Nexus 5X. though the 5X wins when you looks at mobile OS software (Android), it’s lighter, speaker placement (in front) is better and it is cheaper than the 950.

But there’s a long list of features the 5X doesn’t have that the Lumia 950 does…

  • Wireless charging
  • Removable battery
  • microSD card
  • better hi-res display
  • better camera quality
  • bigger battery

How do you feel? Is the 950 better than the 5X? Or does that even matter as long as the Nexus 5X is running Android, it already wins. Let us know in the comments.