Microsoft's battery tech is going the distance with the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL

Michael Cottuli


If there’s anything that’s been particularly bothersome for people who’s use a smartphone, it’s the fact that battery lives are often pitifully short. Often a battery can only last for a day with casual use, and charging your device up again can take hours, depending on what you’re charging it with. For people who need to have their handset charged and ready to go at a moment’s notice, the folks that made the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL made sure that battery life wasn’t going to be a problem.
On top of working on Windows 10 Mobile to make sure that battery life is ideal, Microsoft has created hardware that is going to work overtime to keep your Lumia charged. When at full battery, the Lumia 950 can give you up to 19 hours of talk time, or 300 hours of standby time.  That alone makes it something that’s great for people who are keeping themselves busy on their handset, but it’s made better with the efficiency with which the phone can charge.
The Lumia 950 and the Lumia 950 XL both come with USB-C connectors, which mean quite a few things. With these connectors, the Lumia 950 and 950 XL both can transfer data at up to 5GB, they can be plugged in without twisting around your cables (the USB-C is reversible) and, most impressively, they can charge from critically low to up to 50% in just 30 minutes.
The Lumia’s battery life alone should be fantastic, and you’ll have plenty of opportunities to keep the battery charged up. If you want to charge your phone while using the new Continuum feature, you can do so using the Lumia’s wireless charger. However, if  you just want to plug it in properly, you’re still going to be able to get a massive amount of efficiency out of your Lumia 950 or Lumia 950 XL when they land in just a few days.