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March 2, 2015

Microsoft announces the Lumia 640 and 640XL

Lumia640_7Microsoft have just announced the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL, today Monday at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona

The Lumia 640 is what you’ll buy if you want a modern Windows Phone—no more, no less. Nothing about the phone really stands out. The 5-inch, 1280×720 display seems perfectly serviceable, as does the Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and microSD slot.  About the only drawback is the 8mp rear camera, (which many would consider the minimum spec for rear cameras these days) and a 1mp camera is on the front.

The phone measures 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85 mm, and weighs 145 grams.

Microsoft are using the tag line, “prepared for anything” for the Lumia 640 range.  Like the 640XL, the 640 comes in either single (U.S.) or dual-SIM configurations for the rest of the world, although we doubt the UK will see a dual-sim either. The Lumia 640 supports an even greater range of frequency bands than the 640XL, however, indicative that Microsoft’s really going to push this phone worldwide.
Lumia 640 3G will cost 139 Euro (£90 approx)

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The Lumia 640XL has a screen that measures a comfortable 5.7 inches on the diagonal but, with only a 1280×720 display. Physically, the Lumia 640XL measures 157.9 x 81.5 x 9.0 mm and weighs a little over 171 grams.

The camera, always a selling point, has also been dialed back. The Lumia 1520 included a 20-megapixel camera with optical image stabilization, but the Lumia 640XL includes a 13-megapixel rear camera with no AIS. The Lumia 640XL’s selling points are the inclusion of Lumia Camera, as its continuous autofocus makes snappy shots a snap, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera that goes far beyond the original 1520.

Inside, the Lumia 640XL is no slouch. Microsoft’s Windows Phone OS and apps don’t demand high-end Qualcomm Snapdragon chips, so there’s only a Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226) inside, along with 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of flash storage with a microSD slot supporting up to 128GB cards. The 3,000 mAh battery is good for 37 days of standby time and 24 hours of 3G talk time, the only battery metrics Microsoft supplied. The phone also includes Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, Miracast, 802.11b/g/n, as well as the SensorCore technology that allows the phone to act as a pedometer.
Lumia 640 4g 159 Euro, £105 approx

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Dave Thornton

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Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini