BARCELONA — Microsoft has renewed its focus on Windows 10 at Mobile World Congress, when the Windows maker has announced that the flagship Lumia devices will not be launching until Windows 10 is fully ready. They noted, “We remain completely committed and focused on new flagship products. That said, certainly we believe the best time to bring those flagship devices to market is when we have our very latest flagship software experience available.” Certainly not flawed logic by any means, but that cleared the way for the company to unveil the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL at MWC 2015.
Interestingly, both phones come with Windows Phone 8.1 – but they are Windows 10 ready. However, that will have to wait until the new operating system launches later this year, and right now, that is anyone’s guess as to when the official launch of Windows 10 will happen.
Stephen Elop was the man who had the honor of unveiling the two new mid-tier phones, dubbed as “affordable.” He said, “We at Microsoft are on a journey to empower every organization to achieve more. The Lumia 640 builds on the success we’ve developed in the affordable space and continues our move to create a unified experience.”
It is pretty interesting though that Microsoft has decided to launch two versions of their mid-ranged phone. The Lumia 640 boasts a 5-inch screen while the 640 XL features a 5.7-inch 720p display and is slightly upgraded in a few areas. Camera-wise, the 640 packs 8MP rear sensor and 1MP front-facing sensor whereas the 640 has 13MP main camera with Zeiss optics and 5MP wide-angle selfie camera. That being said, both devices will feature a 12 month Office 365 Personal subscription, which is important for the company to continue bettering their lineup.
Both Windows phones are compatible with the most of 3G/4G LTE networks and will come in single SIM and dual SIM variants.
Collectively! There are a total 7 models such as:
- Lumia 640 LTE
- Lumia 640 Dual SIM
- Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM
- Lumia 640 XL
- Lumia 640 XL LTE
- Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM
- Lumia 640 XL LTE Dual SIM
The Lumia 640 will be available in April at a suggested retail price of 159 euros for LTE and just 139 euros for 3G/Dual SIM in white, cyan, black and orange. Whereas, the Lumia 640 XL will arrive later this month at a price of 219 euros for LTE and 189 euros for 3G/Dual SIM (before taxes and subsidies).
As the “budget smartphone” market continues to grow. It’ll be interesting to see how these devices perform on the open market – as they seem to include some pretty impressive specifications for a phone dubbed “budget.”
Quick Specs sheet
|Features||Lumia 640||Lumia 640 XL|
|Display||5” ClearBlack IPS LCD Display (1280×720) 294ppi||5.7” ClearBlack IPS LCD Display (1280×720) 259ppi|
|Processor||1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400||1.2GHz Quad-Core Snapdragon 400|
|Main Memory||1GB of RAM||1GB of RAM|
|Main Camera||8MP AF, LED Flash||13MP AF, LED Flash, Zeiss Optics|
|Front Camera||HD 0.9 MP wide angle||Full HD 5MP wide-angle|
|Connectivity||3.5mm audio jack, micro USB 2.0, BT 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi||3.5mm audio jack, micro USB 2.0, BT 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi|
|Sensors||Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, SensorCore||Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Magnetometer, SensorCore|
|Battery||2500 mAh (17.5 h talk time on 3G)||3000 mAh (23.7 h talk time on 3G)|
|Size and weight||145 g, 141.3 mm x 72.2 mm x 8.8 mm||171 g, 157.9 mm x 81.5 mm x 9 mm|
|Operating system||Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 with Lumia Denim||Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 with Lumia Denim|
|Colors||white, cyan, black and orange||white, cyan, black and orange|