Microsoft Lumia 640 XL hands-on: a big budget Windows Phone

Introduction


The Lumia 640 XL is one of the new Lumia phones Microsoft brought to MWC 2015. It's a budget smartphone that runs Windows Phone 8.1 and is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 10 down the road. Here are our hands-on impression from the unit:

Design


With the Lumia 640XL, we have a very basic phone. It's an affordable device and you can tell that by its simple plastic build. But despite this, it seems well put together. It doesn't feel like a cheaply made device - in fact, it's very sturdy, it almost feels like it's built like a tank. As for the layout of the key, we have the volume and power keys on the right side, a microUSB port on the bottom, the left side is clean, and on the top we have a 3.5mm jack. Overall, this is a typical Lumia phone - even if it no longer has the Nokia logo on it.

Hardware


We have a 5.7-inch display right here with a 720x1280 resolution. The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 paired with 1GB of RAM. In terms of storage, we have 8GB to make use of, which is expandable via a microSD slot. Meanwhile, the battery is a 3000mAh unit, so you're obviously going to have quite a bit of juice on disposal before it runs out.

Camera


The Lumia 640 XL is generously specced with a 13MP main camera with f2.2 lens on the back and a 5MP camera for selfies. This is rather promising for a budget device, although it makes no guarantee this thing will take amazing photos.

Expectations


Microsoft is going to price this thing aggressively, with the 3G version costing 189 EUR, and the LTE-enabled version will cost 219 EUR. Microsoft is having trouble gaining market share, so it's probably looking forward to increase it by selling the Lumia 640 XL at cost. We'll have to see how this will pan out!


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Lumia 640 XL
  • Display 5.7" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 5 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 3000 mAh(25h 3G talk time)

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18 Comments

1. SamsungEU

Posts: 147; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

just meh , nothing more

2. mmmanuuu

Posts: 403; Member since: Nov 05, 2013

Yup. One more meh from me. Just another lumia with no big deal. I am waiting for note 5 edge.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Just another troll, no big deal....

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Oohhh not the SAMESUNG.....

3. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

Not a bad device but BRING OUT A FLAGSHIP!

7. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

They will.....

4. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

How is this a "basic phone" and who puts the jump list as the article photo in two separate articles? Seems intentionally biased. Not to all the biased and self centered people who can only think of what they like, what OS they like: Get over yourselves! Choice is what matters and you should use your mind time for something positive instead of being closed minded, self centered and negative. I use iOS, Android, Windows Phone and other OSes and a lot of you, including the some of the writers on PA come off as immature, selfish and often write negative things and spread obvious bias just because you feel like it. The content of some of your character is questionable and I wouldn't hire any of you to work in IT or any customer facing tech business because you are so close minded you can't see past your own needs or realize that it is ok to like what you like AND let others like what they like and not be a Debbie Downer. People can say "meh" about anything and go to Android and say meh, go to iOS and say meh, go to any product and say meh. Someone can say meh to a Note 5 Edge. What kind of mindset is it that compels a person spend time going around saying that, raining on others parade? Don't be "That guy". Some of you are like bullies in elementary school, you arrive in groups, kicking over kids lunches and spreading your negative mindset like a cancer, taking lunch money and causing kids to wish you never showed up, IF all you are going to do is be negative. Bunch of Negative Nancy minded people around here.

8. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3125; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

They are probably the same kids you mentioned getting their little asses beat when they were kids. Now they try to be tough while hiding behind a keyboard. Either way, ignore them and maybe they'll go away or someday get laid.

16. Furbal unregistered

I've got a 1520.3, ip6+, note 4, mx4 pro and a htc one m8 (win and android). Love them all in their own way. If the 1520 had more apps/wearables it would easily be my favorite, just love the way WP interactes (got denim today yay). MX4 pro is a close second for overall phone, just needs lte

9. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

how is the screen? is it comparable to the 730/830 or 535/635

10. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

535/635, since it doesnt have ClearBlack Display.

11. aksa123

Posts: 366; Member since: Jan 30, 2014

My bad, it does have CBD, so it'll look like 830 (not 730 since 730 has AMOLED).

12. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

BIG A$$ BATTERY on a big a$$ phone. Wish other companies can do that with a low end phone

13. SemperFiV12

Posts: 949; Member since: Nov 09, 2010

VERY impressed with this device. Will be even more impressed once it is priced (officially.) This device is packed with glance feature, ClearBlack display, decent size (lacking in super HD/ pixel count), Zeiss optics, 13+5mp combo camera set, expandable memory, removable battery?!! This is EVERYTHING delivered (IMO). In the areas it lacks... 1}RAM, 2}pixels per inch, 3}storage... I say, 1}Windows Phone, 2}Have you ever seen a Lumia [nokia/MSFT] with anything but a gorgeous screen, 3}expandable! This is the first mid range device that is not lacking anything (for my preferences, and I am pretty needy.)

14. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

shoot 250 is not mid-range for this large of a device this is still low end. Mid-range is 400 imo that is.

15. matistight

Posts: 982; Member since: May 13, 2009

The only major deal breaker seems to be screen resolution. Yeah, it has a "slow" processor, but windows doesnt require much resources.

17. Furbal unregistered

Hopefully the price is better than the 830, $400+ for a SD400 is blasphemy

18. Chloroform

Posts: 2; Member since: Feb 28, 2015

I need the 640 to come to Sprint. I want a Windows phone, I could get the 635 but it doesn't have a flash.

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