Microsoft Lumia 640 hands-on


The Lumia 640 is a brand-new low-midrange handset from Microsoft, which has just been announced at the MWC 2015. The phone will have an LTE variant and it is eligible for the Windows 10 update, making it a future-proof buy. But let's have a closer look!

Design


The Lumia signature brightly-colored plastic body can be seen on the Lumia 640 immediately. The specific handsets we had in our hands were these vivid orange and blue units you can see in our pictures, but rest assured that Microsoft will be offering the phone in at least one or two more colors, those being green and white.

The design language of the low-to-midrange Lumias remains unchanged – the device is a soft rectangle when viewed from the front, its rear corners are rounded off for a comfortable hold, and the back panel is still a removable one. The camera is nicely tucked even with the phone's surface and there is no uneven hump to be seen around it, which we appreciate.

Hardware


The Lumia 640 rocks a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, coupled with 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB of expandable internal storage. Its display is a 5-incher, protected by Gorilla Glass 3, and housing 720 x 1080 pixels. The handset has a 2,500 mAh battery to keep its lights on.

Camera


The main snapper is an 8 MP camera with an F2.2 aperture, while the front houses a 0.9 MP camera – a bit disappointing here, considering the Lumia 640 XL jumps all the way up to 5 MP for the selfie snapper.

Expectations


The Lumia 640 will run for ~$156 (€139) for the 3G version and ~$178 (€159) for the LTE one in Europe. It looks like a solid low-range device for the price, but whether it will help Microsoft gain some market share remains to be seen.


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Lumia 640
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 0.9 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz
  • Storage 8 GB + microSDXC
  • Battery 2500 mAh(17.5h 3G talk time)

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19 Comments

1. MyPhoneIsBetterThanYours

Posts: 60; Member since: Feb 22, 2015

Who the f**k would buy this over an android phone? And if you do, you're irrelevant to society.

2. luis.aag90

Posts: 277; Member since: Aug 12, 2014

You mad bro????

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

not everybody likes android just like not everybody likes ios. so there has to be something for those who dislike android and ios, even if that something doesn't come on high end phones.........yet?

4. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

I would, because I don't like android. Even though I have an M8 for windows, this does not look like a bad phone at all, especially for the price. And insulting others about their place in society just shows that you have none and are insecure about it.

10. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

I am on the same boat as you. I have been using iPhone with no tablet and I bought a Thinkpad 8 with Windows 8... I was very disappointed... I wish Microsoft can come back with Windows 10. Until now, I still not interested for Android, look for whatsapp on a Nexus 7 then you will understand my pain.

11. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

I loved my win8 tablet, just got a 7in one love it, and an asus 8in one. The asus can even run project spark

19. jackwong64

Posts: 60; Member since: Apr 23, 2014

So glad that you like it. I just don't understand why Microsoft changed the behavior of the Windows button completely... and now they knew they made a serious mistake of that.

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Not only is your user name arrogant, you need to mature and realize that your mindset is contained inside you head and only matters to you. There are people who like different things in the world and have different needs. You sound incredibly childish and self centered. I hope you don't think and talk like this in real life..

9. Crispin_Gatieza

Posts: 3157; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

And you're a walking argument for abortion.

5. Sidewinder

Posts: 515; Member since: Jan 15, 2015

"and housing 720 x 1080 pixels." you guys need to hire a proof reader urgently..

6. NateAdam8

Posts: 439; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

It's better then the Lumia 635, Seems like a good buy but BRING OUT A FLAGSHIP!

8. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

Microsoft has already said the flagship will be released when WP 10 is released.

12. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

13. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

PA dont forget MS annoucned keyboard support for GDR2 and windows 10.

14. BlackMobile

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 02, 2015

Looks pretty good for the price, they did a good jump from Lumia 630: RAM: 512MB -> 1GB Screen resolution: 480 x 854 -> 720p Screen size: 4.5 -> 5.0 (some people may like 4.5 over 5.0) Flash: No -> Available Camera sensor: 5 MP -> 8 MP Front camera: No -> Available Moto G competition i guess. By the way, the specs say Snapdragon 400 but in the video the guy says its the 410.

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

The Windows 10 flagship smart phones wont be available until probably October or early November 2015 just in time for the Christmas shopping season. Microsoft is rebrand all it's nokia lumia smart to Microsoft brand lumia smart phones.I hope the first Flagship Windows smart phone is the Microsoft brand 1020 which has that super famous 41 pixel pure vue camera. the next one Microsoft should rebrand is the Nokia lumia 1520 6 inch phablet smart phone. or the rebrand of the Nokia 920 give it a better purevue camera than it's 8.7 mega pixel and a 5 inch screen 1080 screen and that would go well with everyone who has the current one. the icon is in a what an upgraded 920 could be spec wise. im going to buy a used Verizon Icon and forget about a windows 10 flagship unless it has the famous 41 pixel pure vue camera. the Icon has enough good Specs for me it's better than my Nokia lumia Verizon 928. Verizon was a dumb ass for discontinuing it. they should have dumped the Nokia lumia 928 instead cheap Verizon shame on them

18. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I wish the best for all. folks for Windows smart phones to sell much better Microsoft needs the Windows 8.1 type "Blue Stacks App which now enables full windows 8.1 computers to "RUN ANDROID APPS". this one app would enable Microsoft Windows smart phones to close the APPs gap it has with Android. a flagship Windows 10 smart phones with the renown 41 pixel pure view camera with a 5 inch 1080 screen, 128 gig micro sd card slot and the Window smart phone version of the "Blue stacks" App than enables Windows smart phones to run any android app would be the "TOP" Windows smart phone to buy. damn Folks they would sell like hotcakes. as a matter of fact any windows smart phone with a smart phone version of the blue stacks apps would sell better. at lest Android fans could use a windows smart phone just thgink even a lowly microsoft Lumia 435 would be more sellable in the market place with this app. this app is the missing link to that would make Windows smart phones sell very well.

20. joee0208

Posts: 22; Member since: Apr 24, 2014

It looks like an iPhone 5C.

22. razraptre

Posts: 168; Member since: Oct 21, 2014

The C series got inspiration from the x00 and x20 range of Lumia devices. A more appropriate way to put it would be "the iPhone 5C looks like this" :)

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