Microsoft is keen to tempt consumers into buying a Windows Phone smartphone, so at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona today, the software giant is unveiling two new low-cost Lumia smartphones that both come with a free version of Office 365 Personal (worth $69.99) for a year.
Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL
The Lumia 640 is the successor to the fairly popular Lumia 630, and the Lumia 640 XL in fact replaces the larger Lumia 1320. The XL naming convention makes a bit more sense, moving away from the company’s existing (and confusing) numbering scheme for its Windows Phone smartphones.
As expected, the Lumia 640 is the smaller of the two, but still includes a sizeable 5-inch 1,280 x 720 screen, with a so-called Clear Black Display. It uses Gorilla Glass 3, and Microsoft has also brought it’s intriguing Glance user interface to this model. There is also 1 GB of RAM, but just 8 GB of storage (this is a fairly budget phone, after all), but it’s certainly similarly-specced to devices that cost around the same. This is a fairly low-end device, and as such it uses a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm 400 (quad-core) processor.
Microsoft has bestowed an 8 Megapixel camera (complete with LED flash) on the rear of the device – that kind of resolution would have been firmly in the domain of high end smartphones just a few years ago. Microsoft has also added a 1 Megapixel camera to the front of the Lumia 640, and has brought it’s great Lumia camera software to this model too – so you get all the flash adjustments that reviewers have been particularly impressed with in other Lumia models.
Lumia 640 XL
The Lumia 640 XL is very similar to its smaller brother in terms of appearance. While its predecessor, the Lumia 1320) has a 6-inch display, this one has a 5.7-inch screen, that runs at 1,280 x 720 resolution. Most of the internal components are the same as the regular Lumia 640, but Microsoft has upgraded the camera on the 640 XL – it has a 13 Megapixel camera with an LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics on the back, and there’s a 5 Megapixel front camera with a wide angle lens. Pretty good for a phone that will cost just over $200.
Microsoft is said to launch the Lumia 640 in April, with both 3G and 4G variants. The 3G only version will cost $155 and the 4G version $178. The larger Lumia 640 XL will be released this month for $211 for the 3G version and $245 for the 4G one. If you need a dual-SIM device, both models will be available in 3G with dual-SIM, and 4G with single or dual-SIM.
Colour-wise, both models will be available in cyan, orange, black and white – the smaller model has removable glossy covers (except the matte black version), while the Lumia 640 XL has matte removable covers, with the exception of a glossy white version.
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