Microsoft announces Lumia 640 and 640 XL at MWC
Microsoft in Barcelona has just taken the wraps off of the Lumia 640 and 640 XL at Mobile World Congress, mid-range smartphones that Microsoft means to “build on the success [the company has had] in the affordable space,” available for purchase in April.
The regular 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. It has a 5-inch HD display (what we’re assuming is 720p given the targeted price point), and comes in four different color variants (Cyan, Orange, Black, and White). There’s an 8-megapixel camera with dynamic flash and auto HDR, as well as a wide-angle front-facing camera.
The XL variant comes with a 5.7-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, a 13MP camera, and other slightly improved specs over the 640. Both the phones have 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors, as well as 1GB of RAM.
There are both 3G and LTE variants of the phones available for purchase, as well as models with both single SIM and dual SIM configurations. It ships with Windows Phone 8.1, but it will be upgradeable to Windows 10 – complete with all the new features, including universal apps and a partial redesign of the software – when that lands later this year as part of Microsoft’s biggest software push of the year.
Both Lumia 640 models come with a free year of Office 365 Personal, accessible not just from your Windows Phone smartphone but also on your PC or tablet. New owners will also enjoy a monthly 60-minute Skype Unlimited Worldwide allowance, as well as 1TB of OneDrive storage.
You can purchase the 3G version for 139 euros and the LTE version retails for about 159 euros. The XL variant is 189 euros for 3G and 219 for LTE.