The Lumia 640 XL LTE is the latest gigantic smartphone in the Lumia line be released by Microsoft in Thailand. With the increasing trend toward so-called phablets, Thai people and Asian consumers in general seem to have embraced those smartphones with screen sizes of 5.5-inches and over. Even Apple, long saying that the 4″ iPhone 5S was the perfect size, eventually caved in and released models with bigger screens.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE
Announced on the 6th of May, the Lumia 640 XL LTE (what a mouthful) is Microsoft’s attempt to cash in on the phablet fever throughout Thailand. It’s basically a larger version of the popular Lumia 640, but also adds LTE (also more commonly known as 4G) support, so it’ll be able to download movies at lightning speed as long as you can find 4G coverage on your network of choice.
The new Microsoft phone is a dual-SIM device, and comes in several attractive polycarbonate (high quality plastic) cases in one of four colours – black, white, blue or orange. You certainly can’t be missed in a crowd of you’re sporting the bright orange model…
The phone itself runs Microsoft’s Windows Phone operating system. That means that you’ll have access to the Microsoft app store and a fairly decent selection of apps. Unfortunately, as most people know there is something of an ‘app gap’ compared to Android and iOS, as those systems generally get the latest and greatest apps first, simply because they have a much greater market share.
Nevertheless, there’s a lot to like about this phone (especially the price which will be just 8,990 THB)…
Specifications and features
The Lumia 640 XL LTE has a huge 5.7-inch touchscreen display covered in Corning’s hardwearing Gorilla Glass, as well as a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with 259 pixels per inch – that’s not full HD (1920 x 1080) but it’s certainly a pretty decent screen that looks great.
For selfie aficionados, there’s a 13 megapixel rear snapper (with an LED flash) and a 5 megapixel camera on the front. Microsoft’s Lumia cameras tend to produce quite high quality pictures, thanks to the heritage of Nokia (whom Microsoft bought out last year), so you can rest assured that the 640 will be capable of producing some very appealing results.
Powering the whole shebang is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 – a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor that should suffice for the majority of tasks that you’d want in a smartphone. That should ensure a snappy user interface, and is largely in line with other phones that cost the same kind of price.
One of the great features the Lumia 640 XL LTE offers is the ability to wirelessly mirror the screen on your television. One of the screen sharing accessories works by placing the phone on top of the flat receiver, which detects the phone by the NFC chip in the back, then automatically sends the video to the dongle which plugs into the TV set. That’s a very convenient feature if you’re at a friend’s house and want to show off your photos and videos.
All in all, the 640 XL is a great phone, and a welcome addition to the Lumia lineup in Thailand.
SOURCE: Microsoft Lumia Thailand