Microsoft Focuses On Its Services with New Lumia 640 and 640XLMarch 2, 2015
Everyone is pretty excited to see Windows 10 on phones and even more to see new Lumia flagships. But that didn’t happen at the ongoing MWC2015. Microsoft instead announced two new mid-range devices which have mass appeal. Microsoft is also using these new devices to show its might as software and services company.
Lumia 640 along with its phablet variant Lumia 640 XL was launched at the MWC2015. This duo looks like a proper upgrade for the old Lumia 620. I was disappointed with every phone that followed 620. Both of them have similar designs but the obvious difference between both is the huge 5.7 inch screen on Lumia 640 XL. Display resolution is 720p HD for both but expect crispier display on 640 as it has more pixel density due to smaller display. The next major difference is camera. With 640 you get an 8MP AF camera while with 640XL you get a 13MP camera which also has a physically bigger sensor and uses ZEISS optics which should take better photos. 640XL also has a better 5MP front facing camera versus 1MP one on smaller 640.
Both of them also come in total four variants: 3G (single SIM), 3G (dual SIM), 4G (single SIM) and 4G (dual SIM). All variants are powered by the same Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB RAM, so you get the same performance with any of them. Lumia 640XL also benefits from a bigger 3000 mAh compared to smaller 2500 mAh one inside 640. They both feature 8GB memory inbuilt with microSD support up to 128GB.
Both the phones run Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update out of the box. Microsoft has also promised the Windows 10 update for these phones. In addition, Microsoft is also throwing in one year subscription of Office 365 Personal which includes 1TB of OneDrive storage, 60 minutes of Skype calls to landline per month and license for Office on Lumia phones, PC or Mac and tablets. Lumia 640 is priced as follows: $156 (3G) and $179 (4G LTE). Lumia 640XL is priced as follows: $212 (3G) and $245 (4G LTE). Lumia 640XL will start rolling out globally from this month itself while Lumia 640 will be go on sale in April 2015.