It’s almost a known fact that every year the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Nokia Microsoft will have a few new devices to present to the world. Back in 2014, Stephen Elop took the stage to announce a trio of new Nokia devices that were able to run Android apps. They have lived for only a few months and now Elop, as the Executive Vice President of the Microsoft Devices Group this time, is unleashing some more X-branded devices.

We are talking about the new Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640XL, the newest affordable Windows Phone devices from Microsoft’s portfolio. It seems that the Lumia 640 XL is the successor to the Lumia 1320, albeit this hasn’t been officially described as being so. With these new devices, it seems that Microsoft is looking to drop its confusing naming scheme. If we in the tech media find it annoying and hard to remember, then what about consumers? Let’s have a look at the main features and specs of each one of them.

Lumia 640

lumia 640

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, upgradable to Windows 10
  • Display 5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen Corning Gorilla Glass 3, sunlight readability enhancements
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 8 MP AF, LED Flash, Lumia Camera 5 with a front facing camera 1 MP FF
  • 8GB + 30GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
  • 144 g

The Lumia 640 will begin a global rollout in April, being estimated to cost around 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model. What’s nice about this affordable handset is that the option of a fast 4G/LTE dual SIM variant is now available for the first time in such a low-range segment. It comes with preloaded Offices apps and a lot of cloud storage, similar to what you’ll find for the Lumia 640 XL below.

Lumia 640 XL

lumia 640 xl

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, upgradable to Windows 10
  • 5.7” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS display, 259 PPI, ClearBlack, Glance Screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, sunlight readability enhancements
  • 3000 mAh battery – up-to 23.7 hours of talk time (on 3G), and up-to 39 days of standby time
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 13 MP AF, ZEISS optics, Lumia Camera with a front facing 5 MP wide angle FF one
  • 8GB + 30GB free OneDrive, micro SD up to 128GB
  • 171g weight

The handset comes in cyan, orange, white, or black polycarbonate body. The iconic Office applications – Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote are preinstalled on the product. The Lumia 640 XL also comes with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which delivers 1 terabyte of storage on OneDrive and 60 minutes of Skype calling per month to landlines in over 60 countries and mobile phones in eight countries.

The smartphone also comes with free global HERE Maps and HERE Drive+Free HERE Transit. It comes pre-loaded with Candy Crush Saga and Minecraft: Pocket Edition games an WhatsApp, LINE, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other apps. The Lumia 640 XL will be available in single SIM and smart Dual SIM variants from this March, being priced at 189 euros for the 3G models and 219 euros for the LTE model.

Disclosure: Microsoft paid for the tickets and accommodation at MWC 2015 for the editor of this blog.


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