Running Windows 11 on your Nokia Lumia 950 XL

04. 07. 2021 Sunday / By: Robert Denes / Generic / Exact time: BST / Print this page

We already know that after the release of Windows 11, it will achieve deep integration with Android Apps and run smartphone apps on the operating system, but what about the other way around?

A developer has found a way to run Windows 11 on a Windows smartphone. Gustave Monce, a developer and engineering student, was able to assemble a Windows 11 ARM assembly using Unified Update Platform (UUP) images and successfully install the following operating system on a Microsoft Lumia 950 XL smartphone. The Start menu works, the new taskbar runs like a PC, the animations are intact, though a bit behind, but even so, Windows 11 adapts nicely to the 5.7-inch screen. Monce successfully enabled mobile connection by manually importing drivers from Windows 10 Mobile and Windows 10 to ARM, so calling and messaging went to the desktop operating system. It is clear from the video that the six-year-old Lumia 950XL is still capable of running modern operating systems.

Nokia Lumia 950 XL Specifications:

Network Technology GSM / HSPA / LTE
2G bands GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G bands HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700(AWS) / 1900 / 2100
4G bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28, 38, 40 - EMEA
  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 17, 20, 28, 38, 40, 41 - USA
Speed HSPA 42.2/5.76 Mbps, LTE-A Cat6 300/50 Mbps
Launch Announced 2015, October. Released 2015, November
Status Discontinued
Body Dimensions 151.9 x 78.4 x 8.1 mm (5.98 x 3.09 x 0.32 in)
Weight 165 g (5.82 oz)
SIM Nano-SIM
Display Type AMOLED
Size 5.7 inches, 88.5 cm2 (~74.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1440 x 2560 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~518 ppi density)
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
 ClearBlack display
Platform OS Microsoft Windows 10
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 (20 nm)
CPU Octa-core (4x1.5 GHz Cortex-A53 & 4x2.0 GHz Cortex-A57)
GPU Adreno 430
Memory Card slot microSDXC (dedicated slot)
Internal 32GB 3GB RAM
 eMMC 5.0
Main Camera Single 20 MP, f/1.9, 26mm (wide), 1/2.4", 1.12µm, AF, OIS
Features Zeiss optics, triple-LED RGB flash, panorama, HDR
Video 4K@30fps, stereo sound rec., 1080p@30/60fps (after SW update)
Selfie camera Single 5 MP, f/2.4
Video 1080p@30fps
Sound Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
Comms WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, hotspot
Bluetooth 4.1, A2DP
GPS Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
NFC Yes
Radio FM radio
USB USB Type-C 3.1
Features Sensors Iris scanner, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer, sensor core
 Microsoft Continuum support
Battery Type Li-Ion 3340 mAh, removable
Charging Fast charging 18W
Qi wireless charging - market dependent
Stand-by Up to 288 h (2G) / Up to 288 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 25 h (2G) / Up to 19 h (3G)
Music play Up to 75 h
Misc Colors Black, White
Price About 350 EUR
Tests Performance Basemark OS II 2.0: 1472
Basemark X: 32178
Display Contrast ratio: Infinite (nominal), 3.837 (sunlight)
Camera Photo / Video
Loudspeaker Voice 74dB / Noise 75dB / Ring 84dB
Audio quality Noise -91.6dB / Crosstalk -89.3dB
Battery life

Windows 11 provides a relaxed, creative environment and a renewed experience so you can live your passions freely. Revamped Start menu and new ways to access your favorite friends, news, games, and a variety of content - Windows 11 provides a natural environment for thinking, self-expression, and creation.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL smartphone was launched in October 2015. The phone comes with a 5.70-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 1440x2560 pixels at a pixel density of 518 pixels per inch (ppi). The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. It comes with 3GB of RAM. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL runs Windows 10 Mobile and is powered by a 3340mAh removable battery.

As far as the cameras are concerned, the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL has a 20-megapixel camera on the rear packs. It sports a 5-megapixel camera on the front for selfies.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is based on Windows 10 Mobile and packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that can be expanded via a microSD card (up to 200GB). The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL is a single SIM (GSM) smartphone that accepts a Nano-SIM card. The Microsoft Lumia 950 XL measures 151.90 x 78.40 x 8.10mm (height x width x thickness) and weighs 165.00 grams.

Connectivity options on the Microsoft Lumia 950 XL include Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n / ac, GPS, Bluetooth v4.10, NFC, FM radio, 3G, and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, barometer, gyroscope, proximity sensor, and compass / magnetometer.


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