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The smartphone that can be blown up to a desktop PC

Or, alternatively: the fully-fledged PC that fits in your pocket. The Lumia 950 XL is both of these things.

Peter Wolf

The tablet, with its 5.7-inch screen, has a large enough display for viewing and using Office applications – but is still small enough to fit into your suit or trouser pocket thanks to its 15×8×0.8 cm size.


A fist-sized adapter also allows the tablet to be docked to a large screen, normal keyboard and mouse, turning the pocket computer into a fully fledged desktop computer. In this mode, “continuum” operation, the smartphone’s screen can be used as a touchpad, so. 



The display becomes a touchpad

No synchronisation required

Regardless of the configuration: you always work with Windows 10, documents and programs always look the same and can be operated in the same way. There is no need to synchronise between a desktop PC and mobile computer – because the same device is used in both cases. Apart from that, all files from the cloud can be stored in OneDrive. This means that files that have been created on the desktop computer do not suddenly look different on the mobile computer. 


The docking station has a new USB-C connector


The Lumia is docked and charged using the new USB-C connector. The advantage of this is that the plug is symmetrical, so inserting it the wrong way round is a thing of the past. The disadvantage is that this is a new standard, which means that you may not find this cable in many places at first. So always take a charger cable with you! That said, it is very quick to recharge, with 50 % capacity charged within 30 minutes. 


Recommendation: always have your own charger cable with you


The 20-megapixel camera provides razor-sharp pictures and can also be used creatively: when making a video, the exposure and definition can be adjusted manually using a controller (as you can see in some places in the above video).


Peter Wolf

Peter Wolf (50) has been involved with technology for as long as he can remember. For many years, he was a trend scout and social media expert at Ringier. He currently works part-time at e-foresight and thus joined the Swisscom team in spring 2014. He also writes regular columns and app tests for various publications.