How does the new Microsoft Lumia 950XL compare to the Lumia 1520

Sporting a 5.7-inch screen, it is hard not to compare the new Microsoft Lumia 950XL to the Lumia 1520. The Lumia 1520 turned heads with its 6-inch screen and a zippy processor. We expect the 950XL to have just as much success as the Lumia 1520, but is it worth the upgrade? We compared the specifications of these two large screen Windows Phones to help possibly answer that question.

Lumia 950XL and Lumia 1520

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CategoryLumia 950 XLLumia 1520
Operating SystemWindows 10 MobileWindows Phone 8.1 (upgradeable)
Display5.7 inches (1440x2560)6 inches (1920 x 1080)
ProcessorQualcomm Snapdragon 810*Qualcomm Quad-Core Snapdragon 800
Rear Camera20MP F/1.920MP F/2.4
Rear FlashTriple LEDDual LED
Front Camera5MP1.2MP
BiometricsIris scannerNone
Internal Storage32GB32GB
External Storagemicro SDmicro SD
Fast ChargeYesNo
Wireless chargingQiQi**
Removable batteryYesNo
Dimensions8.1 x 151.9 x 78.4 mm8.7 x 162.8 x 85.4 mm
Weight165 grams209 grams

*Octacore Liquid Cool **AT&T Version of the Lumia 1520 did not have Qi charging enabled

The Lumia 1520 is an attractive Windows Phone, eligible for updating to Windows 10 Mobile. However, the Lumia 950 XL separates itself from the 1520 with built-in Qi charging, more RAM, the liquid cooled processor and more. Plus it is hard to ignore the faster camera, natural flash and fifth generation optical stabilization. All of which makes the Lumia 950 XL an appealing upgrade option if you prefer larger screened Windows Phones.

If you currently sport the Lumia 1520, are you planning on making the switch to the Lumia 950XL? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

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George Ponder

George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.