Lumia 640 And 640 XL: More Budget Microsoft Smartphones

Lumia 640 and 640 XL: More Budget Microsoft Smartphones

Microsoft hasn't announced a flagship phone at Mobile World Congress this year — but if you need to keep your bank account in the black then the Lumia 640 and 640 XL are here to help.

They aren't quite the flagship devices some Lumia fans may have been hoping for, but they both stick to Microsoft's policy of offering respectable hardware on a budget. Both phones come with a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM a piece, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, as well a year of Office 365, and 1TB of free OneDrive storage.

The Lumia 640 comes with a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2500 mAh battery. The 640 XL is slightly bigger, clocking in at 5.7-inches, and includes a 13-megapixel camera, and a 300 mAh battery.

Both devices will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it launches later this year, and you will be able to install the Windows 10 preview when both phones are released later this month.

As mentioned before, both phones are firmly in the budget handset range. The 640 will cost around $US140 for the 3G model and $US160 if you want 4G. The 640 XL is slightly more expensive, costing around $US190 for the standard 3G model and $US220 for the 4G model.

This post originally appeared on Gizmodo UK, which is gobbling up the news in a different timezone.


Comments

    Seriously, why would you bother? Be the first in your group of friends to own a Windows Phone. Be the only one ever in your group of friends to own a Windows phone that has virtually none of the apps they use so soon they'll no longer be your friends. Windows Phone - Dead, dead, dead. If you want a cheap phone, buy an Android, if you have a few more readies, buy a high end Android or iPhone.

      What sort of pathetic loser would base his choice of smartphone upon what his friends are using? Do you not have a mind of your own? Are you not able to make your own objective assessment of your needs and find the best solution for yourself?

      Interestingly, you have the app situation arse-about. As a Windows Phone user, I'm the guy with all the apps, my friends and colleagues see how great they are but often cannot find anything as good on Google Play or the App Store. e.g. What weather app can you get that's half as good as this one - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-au/store/app/weather-and-surf-australia/3d92c5fd-335b-e011-854c-00237de2db9e It is easily the most comprehensive weather app on any platform and, because it uses local data, it is also the most accurate. Even if you could get something as comprehensive and accurate, it wouldn't have a Live Tile so it would be hamstrung in comparison to this.

      Or a toolkit as comprehensive and beautiful as this - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-au/store/app/1-toolkit/1639c502-4896-4167-a77a-0ad46ff11223 Sadly, you can't see the amazing animations this app employs to go from screen to screen but you can see how gorgeous the graphics are.

      And with apps like this one - http://www.windowsphone.com/en-au/store/app/shadow-tile-pack/8b610c1d-ee3b-45bd-8605-b08f50c969f0 - we are no longer stuck with a sea of the same coloured tiles. There are even apps to change their shape and you can use them all together so you can have some round tiles, some square, with as many different background colours and transparency levels as you like.

      Windows Phone has come a very long way since 2010, posts like yours simply show your ignorance.

        He is speaking truth shrill. Windows Phone has a tiny tiny part of the market for a reason.

        It's a bad phone OS. Missing heaps of apps because its not smart business to build apps for 2% of the market. Plain and simple. Get an iPhone girls, get an Android boys.

        Last edited 03/03/15 10:02 am

        Wow! The weather app! The compass and flashlight toolkit app! The shadowed tile app! No wonder you aren't concerned about having apps to communicate with friends. Thanks for proving my point.

      Disagree entirely. Cheap androids are rubbish, cheap windows phones actually run smoothly. Flagship is where Microsoft have totally dropped the ball, low end they're kicking goals.

        You obviously have never owned a cheap, slow POS Windows Phone that has even less apps because your phone has no memory.

        Last edited 03/03/15 10:14 am

    Hi - very happy with my lumia 820 Windows 8.1 phone. Runs very well, hasn't blue screened yet ( lol )

    Some apps are not there (on the store) BUT usually have an excellent replacement. For example, last time I looked the best instagram app was a third party one. Also had trouble getting a really good gmail app without ads. But for the most part I don't think the app store is even close to a letdown. There is no antivirus app on the store. I hope that means there is no malware :)

    Most Windows phones have Cortana - like Siri, which seems to work really well. My phone has a great camera as well.

    There would be negatives and positives to any of the main phone platforms. I have used all three and have no issues with the 820.

      6tag is actually one of the strongest things keeping me with Windows Phone. The idea of using the iOS or Android Instagram apps turns me off instagram altogether. Totally transforms the use of the service.

    I own a 920, it just does not have the apps the competition has and those apps that are their are so buggy & limited they should be removed from the store any way. Don't get me started on how bad NFC and cortana is. Not the voice recognition, the features. It does so little in comparison to the competition. In its current state I would consider cortana alpha release and a great way to scare off customers at launch. I pick up siri and its just not the same experience. More natural, and bucket loads more commands.

    Bring on a nexus or iPhone. I haven't decided which yet.

    Last edited 03/03/15 10:09 am

      Cortana AU is an alpha release. Cortana US is far more fully featured, and trounces google and Siri. Not that I'm happy I have to choose between localisation and the store working, or fully featured Cortana with proper voice acting and imperial units...

        wrong: Cortana is not available in AU unless you change your region settings. I use Cortana US and it is not even f**king close to matching them for functionality. You obviously have never compared them ever. Because if you had rationally compared them, you would agree. The competition runs rings around Cortana.

        Another half finished product from Microsoft.

          Yea, sure buddy. Using Cortana Alpha right now in Australian region, when was the last time you played with settings? On original launch?

            Are you hard of reading? Do you need glasses? Read my comment and try again.

              wrong: Cortana is not available in AU unless you change your region settings
              Want to try again? Or do you just dislike being wrong.

                Are you hard of reading? Do you need glasses? Read my comment and try again.

                " I use Cortana US"

                and before you bother to state the obvious, no I dont not have a problem with the obvious issue of voice accuracy. In fact its quite the opposite, quite accurate. Again I'll restate what I have said; Its the clear lack of functionality. It's sh*t.

                But you know what your argument is invalid on one fact. Siri and Google now are better on every level because cortana doesn't exist (even in its half baked form).

                Last edited 17/07/15 11:34 am

                  I can see you get more and more aggressive as you try to avoid the fact that you started your statement with a huge inaccuracy, and you're just going to keep avoiding it while attempting to insult me again. You're not worth the time to discuss anything with.

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