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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL goes official: affordable LTE phablet

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL goes official: affordable LTE phablet

Microsoft today unveiled the Lumia 640 XL, a larger-screen version of the otherwise fairly similar affordable Lumia 640 handset.

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL comes with a 5.7-inch display (versus a 5-inch display on the Lumia 640), and it runs on Windows Phone 8.1 with the promise to get upgraded to Windows 10. Microsoft is also including a 1-year free subscription to Office 365 for increased productivity. The handset arrives in a range of vivid colors as well, a signature move for the Lumia brand.

Specs in a nutshell:
Platform: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim (upgradeable to Windows 10)
Display: 5.7" 720 x 1280-pixel ClearBlack IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 13MP rear cam with 1/3" sensor and f/2 lens, 5MP wide-angle front-cam
Dimensions: 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm
Weight: 171g
System chip: Snapdragon 400 quad-core 1.2GHz
RAM: 1GB
Internal storage: 8GB, supports up to 128GB microSD cards
Battery: 3,000mAh

The 640 XL also brings a 13-megapixel camera that Microsoft says is an improvement over the 8-megapixel shooter of the 5" 640. It's also got a beefier, 3,000mAh battery.

Finally, the Lumia 640 XL release date is set for April 2015, and the price is $210 (189 euro) for the 3G model and $245 (219 euro) for the 4G LTE version.


source: Microsoft

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posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:12

1. Neros (Posts: 1016; Member since: 19 Dec 2014)


Nice phone for its price.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:19 1

2. timukh (Posts: 295; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Awesome! Pure value for money phone! Too good!

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:31 1

3. ancellim (Posts: 35; Member since: 24 Mar 2014)


At least it has ZEISS lens but why still S400? Shld be 410 or 615..

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:57 3

6. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


Do you have any idea of the difference between the 410 and 400 ??

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:44

4. meanestgenius (Posts: 12964; Member since: 28 May 2014)


Nice payable, Microsoft! Definitely something I would pick up as a secondary handset.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 04:16

9. meanestgenius (Posts: 12964; Member since: 28 May 2014)


*Nice phablet

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 02:56 1

5. Cyberchum (Posts: 678; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


Wow, I'm liking this.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:01

7. Gemmol (Posts: 792; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)


this a very good back up phone for cheap

posted on 03 Mar 2015, 22:57

21. Doakie (Posts: 2107; Member since: 06 May 2009)


I really want to like this phone; especially at that price!!! If this was running Android I'd be jumping all over the place. But I can't really justify spending lots of money on another Windows Phone. I LOVED the 635 hardware but it wasn't worth the $90 I paid for it at the time so I returned it. Then I ended up buying a Lumia 520 when it hit $20 on Amazon. I've been kicking around the idea of selling the 520 for $25 and buying a 635 with LTE for $50 but I don't even know if Windows Phone is worth $50. The shortage of useful apps kills the platform as a viable alternative for me.

Especially when really good phones like the BLU Studio Energy is only $149 and has the amazing battery life it does(I bought one), plus it has access to the full Play Store which has a TON of apps....that's a true backup phone. My $20 520 is growing dust just like the 635 I had started to do before I returned it. :~( I REALLY want to love you Windows but I can't live without a Safeway app, or an official app for my bank, not to mention the Google apps which I know is not your fault. Web versions are just impossible to use for some of these services.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 03:48

8. volcano (Posts: 348; Member since: 25 Jan 2013)


wireless charging ?

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:02

10. hurrycanger (Posts: 1574; Member since: 01 Dec 2013)


Nice one. Microsoft is making me want a WP device again.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 07:52 1

11. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


will have to pick one up and try it out. Still waiting for the 50th s6 article detailing the same things, instead of a bullet point system you did here.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 09:34

15. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1741; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


Glad I'm not the only one who noticed all the S6 articles. It's a miracle I even saw this article.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:31 1

12. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


This is a STEAL compared to how Microsoft has been pricing phones over the last year or so. I hope this means they are going to start getting things right.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:41

13. elitewolverine (Posts: 5188; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)


I hope they price competitive and near costs so that they can catch up. Considering production is now theirs they can afford this kind of razor thin margin.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 08:46

14. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


"Microsoft is planning to release the Lumia 640 in April with LTE and 3G variants. The 3G version will start at 139 euro ($155), and the LTE variant will be priced at 159 euro ($178). The larger Lumia 640 XL will debut this month priced at 189 euro ($211) for the 3G version and 219 euro ($245) for the LTE variant."

http://www.theverge.com/2015/3/2/8128667/microsoft-lumia-640-lumia-640-xl-hands-on

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 09:36

16. Crispin_Gatieza (Posts: 1741; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)


I'm sure they will be aggressively priced since they're coming to AT&T, T-Mobile and Metro Piece of S**t.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 11:01

19. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)


You mean Nokia , right ? because Microsoft only has hd the bussines for little over half a year ..
535 , 435 and 532 all have great prices...

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 18:40

20. Cheezwiz (Posts: 430; Member since: 29 Dec 2014)


Nope. I mean MS. That deal closed last April.

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 09:42

17. darkoman4 (Posts: 165; Member since: 30 May 2014)


Why not call it 1340?

posted on 02 Mar 2015, 10:09

18. Jason78 (Posts: 252; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Maybe XL is going to be their new branding for phablets

posted on 10 Mar 2015, 11:39

22. mohamed.k (Posts: 8; Member since: 04 Mar 2015)


I think its a wonderful phone , Iam looking forward to having one

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