Introduction


Alas, the Nokia name is no longer attached to Lumia, replaced instead by its new caretaker - Microsoft. The change became more pronounced during Mobile World Congress 2015 earlier this year, where both the Lumia 640 and 640 XL were unveiled at Microsoft’s press conference. High-end, flagship phones have been all the rage from its rivals, but Microsoft has opted instead to steer the direction of these phones towards the entry-level segment. In this review, we’re putting the Lumia 640 through some testing to see whether or not it’s something that can pique the interest of consumers. At the very least, though, some might be instantly dazzled by its hard-to-beat pricing of $129.99 as a prepaid option courtesy of Cricket Wireless.

The package contains:

  • Lumia 640
  • microUSB cable
  • Wall charger
  • Quick start guide
  • Product and safety information

Design

Following in tradition, the Lumia 640’s design is distinctive and colorful.

While it’s billed as an affordable, entry-level offering, the Lumia 640 doesn’t fall victim to the handful of cheapo phones that are designed terribly – you know, the ones that look and feel cheap. Rather, there’s a pleasant balance present here, as it features the Lumia signature brightly-colored plastic body. From the front, it appears to exude a soft rectangle shape, but the rounded corners and high gloss finish of its casing definitely add some pep and pop to the design – enough to make it a visually appealing smartphone. And to that, there’s even a pleasant level of sturdiness attached to its construction.

Taking a quick peek around the phone, it’s obviously sporting all the usual buttons and ports found on any smartphone – like its microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack, microphone, volume controls, and power button. What’s strange, though, is that it doesn’t have a dedicated shutter key for the camera, which is a feature we’ve come to expect with Lumia smartphones.


Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

Dimensions

5.56 x 2.84 x 0.35 inches

141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE500CL)

Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE500CL)

Dimensions

5.83 x 2.81 x 0.43 inches

148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

OPPO R1x

OPPO R1x

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches

140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

BLU Win HD LTE

BLU Win HD LTE

Dimensions

5.71 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches

145 x 72 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640

Dimensions

5.56 x 2.84 x 0.35 inches

141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8 mm

Weight

5.11 oz (145 g)

Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE500CL)

Asus ZenFone 2 (ZE500CL)

Dimensions

5.83 x 2.81 x 0.43 inches

148.1 x 71.5 x 10.9 mm

Weight

5.47 oz (155 g)

OPPO R1x

OPPO R1x

Dimensions

5.54 x 2.76 x 0.27 inches

140.6 x 70.1 x 6.8 mm

Weight

4.59 oz (130 g)

BLU Win HD LTE

BLU Win HD LTE

Dimensions

5.71 x 2.83 x 0.32 inches

145 x 72 x 8.2 mm

Weight

5.15 oz (146 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display

A generously sized display, it’s neither a wash, nor is it a visual feast.

This aggressively priced phone has been slapped with a sizable 5-inch 720 x 1280 ClearBlack IPS-LCD display with Gorilla Glass 3 on top for protection. Even though tiny text is still discernible from a normal viewing distance, it clearly lacks the sharpness, detail, and intensity that other higher resolution screens produce.

Other aspects about the display reveal that it’s actually a pretty well-made affair overall. In particular, its 6930K color temperature and gamma value of 2.25 are very close to the the reference marks of 6500K and 2.2, respectively, which is a great feature to find on such an entry-level phone.

However, its maximum 352 nit luminance doesn't make it a a very good candidate for visibility under bright conditions. Adding to that, its viewing angles are rather weak, seeing that the screen distorts – ultimately giving the color black a milky/grey tone. Factoring everything, the Lumia 640’s display is surprisingly good in some aspects, while it makes compromises in others, just as one would expect from such a low-cost device.



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35 Comments

1. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

I was hoping for higher but not terrible. I'd like to see the xl score

2. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

PA is always giving low score to Lumia phones...

3. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

You should trust the user reviews and scores, not the numbers that PA gives...

9. Spedez

Posts: 542; Member since: Aug 29, 2014

You should forget Windows phone and let it perish. A good lesson for MS for destroying Nokia.

10. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah destroying wait what was the last phone that Nokia make without MS?

15. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

You should stop trolling and read up on why Nokia died.. It had so little to do with Microsoft but you idiot fanboys don't see anything other than your blind hate

21. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

you should learn nokia is not dead and one department of nokia (nsn) make more money than htc and xiaomi combined make.

23. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

Sorryni didn't realize I needed to spell out what I was talking about but I see I'm dealing with a slow individual.. Dead in the Mobile cell space

17. waddup121 unregistered

not bad not bad!

4. mutts

Posts: 3; Member since: Oct 02, 2014

Had my 640 for a couple of months. Mild use, getting close on 3 days before charging. Thats with Bluetooth, location services & wifi all on along with push email from Exchange. Didnt buy it for 3D gaming, got an Xbox one for that. But as a phone for using as a work tool. Bought it as an interim phone till the next high end Lumia comes out.

5. iphonexus

Posts: 130; Member since: Jan 04, 2015

i am still waiting for good phone frm microsoft im tired of using lumia 925 microsoft should release a worthy flagship with up to date specs

26. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

the 930 is a beast in that regards, and is a swell upgrade from the 925, I have both and use both. There is nothing, non-flagship about the 930. Do we need an up to date one? sure, that is the fall.

6. realmadrid_lover

Posts: 4; Member since: Apr 23, 2015

why is moto g's antutu benchmark is higher than lumia while they have the same processors??? how does it work under web browsing when you open many tabs? its antutu benchmark is also lower than my fonepad fe170cg!

11. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Lets say Lumia don't have good relation with antutu don't know why. Mine works good with 1gig ram and SD 400 the ram is mostly like IOS in WP.

14. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

The ram management* I was sure that i wrote that part eh.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

For $100, it isn't bad at all. The two gripes I had with the low end lumias, 512 ram and no flash, are now gone.

8. jellmoo

Posts: 2562; Member since: Oct 31, 2011

What on earth is with that battery section? It's kind of hard to take a review seriously when the crux of that section is: "Yeah, it had a battery. It's okay I guess. The phone stays on and stuff."

13. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

According to gsmarena battery life test in score a 76 hours with put it above the galaxy S6 (s6 only got lower talk time) With 23:09 talk time 10:23 web browsing 9:43 video playback it could easily last a full day. And they found the camera recording ok and sound quality food rather than PA.

16. Pattyface

Posts: 1658; Member since: Aug 20, 2014

This is John V here.. If its not an apple in his little hands he doesn't want to praise any part of it

20. kasrkin76

Posts: 6; Member since: Jan 21, 2014

I have to agree on this one. I have used several of the phones that he has reviewed, and I disagreed with him on several points. I give Iphone the credit it is due, but this sounds like a solid budget phone minus the MS app selection.

12. microsoft2050

Posts: 3; Member since: Jun 02, 2015

great phone ,great review ,thanks digiro.ir

18. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 2014

Interesting. This phone seems to be better in most ways (other than the camera) than the Lumia 830 which supposed to be an "affordable flagship" It just underscores how terrible the 830 was when it got released last November. MS has vastly improved the low end. Now, can it do the same at the midrange ($300-449)?

22. hemedans

Posts: 755; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

lumia 830 price has drop to around $200, it is solid phone for that price if you are not power user

19. fyah_king unregistered

Microsoft is just crawling to bring their high end phones. Lol

24. lalalaman

Posts: 638; Member since: Aug 19, 2013

rich tone brings the best out of the camera.....pls review 640 XL PA

25. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Guys,should I buy 830,640or wait for 840?

27. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

if your not dying, wait. However if you got cash to spend in the meantime, the 640 is a great great phone for the price.

28. ninja_master

Posts: 306; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Ok,Thanks

29. pureviewuser

Posts: 501; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Eagerly waiting for windows phone 10 I'm sure it will be awesome. Meanwhile loving my lumia 1520 and 830. Btw trolls the reason nokia was doomed was by its stupid strategy and they have a lot to thank Microsoft for saving their hides.

30. walkman800

Posts: 113; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

"Even though tiny text is still discernible from a normal viewing distance, it clearly lacks the sharpness, detail, and intensity that other higher resolution screens produce." Lacks the sharpness? Sharpness?!! Are you fokin eagle? You clearly see pixels @ 294ppi ? GTFO, you lousy troll
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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