Microsoft announces the Lumia 540 Dual SIM - $149 WP8.1 trooper with a 5MP wide-angle selfie camera

Yes, we're still waiting for a new Microsoft flagship, but Redmond's just-announced new device is certainly not the device many fans are patiently waiting for. The company's newest device is the Nokia Lumia 540 Dual SIM, a quite affordable handset boasting specs that are almost on par with another recent entrant, the Lumia 640

As such, the Nokia Lumia 540 Dual SIM comes with a 5" display that has an resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, making up for a pixel density of 294ppi, while a quad-core Snapdragon 200 is humming inside the phone at 1.2GHz. The SoC is paired with 1GB of RAM and has 8 gigs of native storage from the get-go. You also get a microSD card slot and up to 30GB of cloud-based storage with Microsoft's OneDrive. 

The Lumia 540 Dual SIM is equipped with an 8MP rear camera that comes with a LED flash and auto focus, while the front-facing shooter is a 5MP wide-angle one. The battery powering this Windows Phone trooper is a removable 2,200mAh one. Speaking of Windows Phone, the Lumia 540 is running on Windows Phone 8.1 with most recent update Lumia Denim update. It will be eligible for the Windows 10 update later this year.

The handset will command a suggested retail price of $149 and will be available in a handful of regions - India, the Middle East, Africa, and in the Asia-Pacific region, as well as Italy sometime in early May 2015. It will be available in a handful of colors - "glossy layered" cyan, orange, white, and black.


source: Microsoft


REDMOND, Washington, April 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Microsoft Corp. on Tuesday unveiled the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, designed for young, ambitious people looking for their first serious smartphone. The Lumia 540 Dual SIM features the latest Windows Phone 8.1 innovations and boasts a 5-inch HD display and crafted design details. It helps people stay productive on-the-go with Microsoft services like Skype and Office available out-of-the-box, and enables better mobile experiences, such as taking wide-angle selfies that fit in more of the action, thanks to the front-facing 5 megapixel camera. The new Lumia 540 Dual SIM is capable of upgrading to Windows 10 when the service becomes available later this year1. It is priced to appeal to value-conscious consumers in markets like India, the Middle East and Africa and Asia Pacific, starting at just $149.

The Lumia 540 Dual SIM features quality-crafted hardware including a removable, durable back cover with a luminous, layered design3 and a generous 5-inch HD display for enjoying apps, photos, videos and the personalizable home screen. Built-in Skype integration enables people to switch seamlessly between voice and video calls, with the wide-angle, front-facing camera capturing even more of the conversation. The rear-facing 8-megapixel camera captures detail-rich photos with the help of an LED flash. Available apps include favorites such as Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp and Instagram, with thousands more available from Windows Phone Store. Microsoft services like Office, Outlook and up to 30 GB of free cloud storage via OneDrive4 mean people have the productivity tools to achieve more, anywhere. Smart Dual SIM allows people to assign unique profiles to their SIM cards, such as "work" or "family," to help them better manage daily communication.
"The Lumia 540 Dual SIM is a testament to our passion for product-making that is reflected across the entire Lumia product portfolio and will continue with future devices," said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. "With the Lumia 540 Dual SIM, we've made it possible to deliver a smartphone with strong design and technology credentials that is also fun to use, and incredible value for money."
The Lumia 540 Dual SIM is powered by a Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ processor featuring a quad-core CPU running at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB of RAM, and 8 GB5 of mass memory. The device will start rolling out in India, the Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, and Italy beginning in early May 2015. Pricing for the Lumia 540 Dual SIM starts at $149.6 It will be available in four colors: cyan, orange, white and black.

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18 Comments

1. hafini_27

Posts: 951; Member since: Oct 31, 2013

They released quite a lot of Lumia 5xx phones.

2. dlsnhuff

Posts: 111; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

8 MP primary + flash & 5 MP wide selfie, 1GB RAM, 2200 mAh batteries = $ 150. Great. Hmmhh ...

4. jedpatrickdatu

Posts: 169; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

Microsoft just killed the Lumia 535 and 640 with this phone.

10. NFSHesham

Posts: 297; Member since: Feb 04, 2014

They killed the 535 only the 640 is still safe thanks to its snapdragon 400/ Adreno 305 CPU/GPU and has a larger battery

8. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

But the GPU... Adreno 302 is definitely not fit for a 720p screen

13. MuddyCow

Posts: 90; Member since: Oct 09, 2014

Ugh, yeah, qHD could have been better like in the 535, let's hope it doesn't have "plasticky" touch like the 535, and again, it's a shame that we don't see a Snapdragon 210. MS Y U NO USE NEW PROCESSORS?!

12. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

I'll stick with my $35 Lumia 635.... $150 is too expensive for the app gap deficiency.

3. Dude2014

Posts: 448; Member since: Feb 12, 2014

Can't they just release a flagship?? Lumia 930/Icon is 1+ years old, 1020 is 2+ years old and 1520 is almost 2 years old. Lol .. How long do we have to wait until windows 10 is ready?? By that time, I'm sure they will mess up Lumia 940 by using Snapdragon 810/805 when other OEMs are using Snapdragon 820/815 in their flagships.

5. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

I think MS don't know how to trim side bezels.

6. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks this is not a Nokia Lumia smart phone it is a Microsoft Lumia smart phone look at the writing on the front and back of this smart phone no Nokia words there. I think you will see NO NOKIA Brand name will be on any NEW ! Microsoft smart phone from now on because Microsoft does not want any Brand name confusion issues when Nokia will begin making smart phones in 2016. the question is what Nokia lumia smart does this one replace that will no longer be manufactured. notice the speaker said Microsoft Lumia not Nokia Lumia. like I said before Microsoft is starting at the Low end smart phones and working their way up to replace the more expensive higher spec 720 HD / 1080 HD screen smart phones like the old model "Nokia" Lumia 820, 822, 920,925, 928, 930/ICON, 1020, 1520. folks all of these smart phones are no longer going to be manufactured. any of them that are now in any Microsoft ware house will be sold off but not replaced. Microsoft could just be cheap and put old the internal electronics of the old Nokia Lumia smart phones into new Microsoft labeled plastic cases with new numbers.

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Another day another lumia..

9. DarkRadeonFX

Posts: 37; Member since: Mar 29, 2014

Dont worry Lumia 1030 is coming in this july here are the specs Microsoft Lumia 1030 Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Chipset Octa Core Krait CPU ( Quad 2 GHz Cortex A57 + Quad 1.6 GHz Cortex A53) Adreno 430 GPU 4GB LPDDR4 4.9” Quad HD OLED Clear Black Display (2560 X 1440) 599.43 PPI 2.5D Corning Gorilla Glass 4 32/64/128GB UFS 2.0 + Up to 256GB MicroSD 30MP Pureview 16 Lens Pelican Array Rear Camera (2160p@60fps, 1080p@120fps, 720p@240fps, OIS) 10MP Pureview Carls Zeiss Front Camera (1440p@30fps, 1080p@60fps) Front LED Flash and Rear Xenon & 4th Gen Short Pulse Single LED Flash Dual Li-Ion 2400 mAh Batteries (2400 X 2 Patented Dual Battery) Qi 1.2 Wireless Charging IP68 Certified Dust Proof and Water Resistant 3D Touch Sensor IR Blaster Retinal Scanner MicroUSB Type-C Windows 10 Dolby Digital Plus 5.1 Sound Enhancements Capacitive Touch Screen Buttons Top & Bottom Dual Stereo Speaker Aluminum Unibody Design

16. Salazzi

Posts: 537; Member since: Feb 17, 2014

if only..

11. nasznjoka

Posts: 418; Member since: Oct 05, 2012

ugly phone, ugly OS, lots of limitations and limited apps choice, plus limited functionality apps compared to the same in other OSs' . Simply bad smartphone experience

15. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Daaaaaaaamn.........everyone at Microsoft is crying because of your comment.

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

I still prefer the tiles that upgrade data within them to grids of icons that do nothing. the functionality of the Windows smart phone grows greater as windows 10 nears completion. the amps situation windows has is not microsoft's fault they cannot force apps developers to make apps for the Windows platform indeed Microsoft might do better to not depend on them and hire a group of people to design Apps for windows smart phones. Nokia did that for Lumia smart phones so Microsoft could do the same.

17. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

clear black??the screen of 535 was such a bummer

18. mehedi_ku06

Posts: 3; Member since: Mar 12, 2015

I don't like this phone & i think it is as same as 535 &640 . Any way if any one want study in china & want to know china language then he should check out the following link http ://preply.com/en/chinese-by-skype They taught very well over Skype. You don't have to be physically present to go to a class. All you need is internet access and Skype.

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