Microsoft has just announced another two new devices joining Lumia lineup. The Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are two affordable LTE-capable devices running Windows 8.1 OS with the latter sporting a more phablet-like 5.7-inch screen. Offering 4G LTE speeds for less, both handsets look quite tempting if you’re looking for a budget sector phone with more than just mid-end specs.
Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
Replacing the last year’s Nokia Lumia 630 and Lumia 635, the new handsets come powered by the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset combined with 1GB RAM and an identical 720p resolution. What’s more, both devices run Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update that is said to receive a quick Windows 10 upgrade. Both smartphones have their display covered with a protective layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. And this is simply where the similarities end.
Even though sporting the same screen resolution, the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL features different screen size factor. The Lumia 640 houses a 5-inch, while its bigger sibling the Lumia 640 XL comes with a massive 5.7-inch display, which makes it to be the very first Microsoft’s budget-friendly phablet.
Different screen size factor translates to a different body size, which means that the Lumia 640 XL measures 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm whereas the smaller Lumia 640 dimensions are 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8mm. Additionally, the phablet is also 26 grams heavier than its weighting 145 grams more compact brother. The bigger screen consumes more energy, which explains why the Lumia 640 houses a powerful 3,000 mAh battery, when the Lumia 640 is equipped with only a 2,500 mAh unit.
The next big difference between the handsets is visible on the optics side. The Lumia 640 XL comes with a 13-megapixel main camera with 1/3” sensor and Zeiss-made f/2 lens additionally supported by a wide-angle 5-megapixel front-facing sensor. The camera found in the Lumia 640 are slightly lower, since the phone comes with an 8-megapixel rear shooter with 1/4” sensor and f/2.2 lens with auto HDR accompanied by a ridiculously poor 0.9-megapixel front-facing camera.
The handsets are available in a variety of fluorescent colors in two 3G or 4G LTE versions, including even a dual-SIM LTE version.
Moving on to the pricing and availability, the Microsoft Lumia 640 is scheduled to hit the market in April, costing $155 for the 3G model or $177 for the 4G LTE version. When it comes to the Lumia 640 XL, the device also will become available this April labeled with a price tag of $210 and $245 for 3G and 4G models, respectively. Both devices will go on sale with a 1 year of free Office 365 subscription right out the box.