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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review

Just last month, we got to experience the Microsoft Lumia 640, a budget-priced Windows Phone first introduced back during Mobile World Congress 2015. As a complement, now, its bigger sized twin is now available for the taking – bringing together a phablet-sized smartphone on the cheap. Yes folks, it’s an easy $250 to snag the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, which is a perfect timing considering Windows 10 is on the horizon!

The package contains:

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


True to its name, it’s an extra-large sized version of the Lumia 640.

Extra-large, that’s undeniably the first notion we get when looking at the design of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. The name alone alludes to what’s expected, a Lumia 640 look-alike that’s just bigger in terms of its size. Although it’s not entirely an original design per se, the larger footprint of the handset means it’s something that requires two-handed operation more than one. Despite that, we need to point out that it’s exceptionally light weight given its huge footprint, a mere 6.03 oz, which is lighter than the Note 4. Sadly, though, there’s not as much color variety with its exchangeable back plastic covers – you only have matte white or black to choose from.

Not surprisingly, all the buttons and ports are found in the same exact locations too! That means the power button and volume controls along the right edge (practical placements naturally), the microUSB port and microphone on the bottom side, and finally the 3.5mm headphone jack on the top. Removing the rear cover is pretty simple, which then grants us access to its removable 3000 mAh battery, SIM slot, and microSD slot.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
6.22 x 3.21 x 0.35 inches
157.9 x 81.5 x 9 mm
6.03 oz (171 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640
5.56 x 2.84 x 0.35 inches
141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8 mm
5.11 oz (145 g)

Microsoft Lumia 640

ZTE Max+
6.5 x 3.25 x 0.4 inches
165.1 x 82.6 x 10.2 mm
6.87 oz (195 g)

ZTE Max+

LG G Stylo
6.07 x 3.12 x 0.38 inches
154.2 x 79.2 x 9.7 mm
5.8 oz (164 g)

LG G Stylo

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

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Review


It’s bigger in size and brighter in tone, but it sticks with 720p resolution.

Its larger footprint is primarily attributed to the 5.7-inch 720 x 1280 ClearBlack IPS-LCD display it’s flaunting, giving it that connotation of being a phablet. Indeed, the generous amount of real estate presented to us makes it great for watching videos and whatnot, but its 720p resolution results in a pixel density count of 259 ppi – a tally that’s hardly astounding, though still tolerable.

Diving deeper into its other characteristics, it exhibits the same color reproduction as the Lumia 640 screen – one that isn’t always spot-on with all color gradients, but it’s neither obnoxiously inaccurate at the same time. There are some improvements at play here, such as its stronger brightness output of 569 nits, making it more readable under bright lighting. However, its color temperature is significantly colder in tone at ~7400K, making it less ideal than the Lumia 640’s mark of 6390K.

At the end of the day, though, the screen here boasts qualities that we find to be more favorable – with the exception of its resolution, obviously. Even though it lacks the intense sharpness and detail of other screens, the whole package still comes off better than its sibling’s screen.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 574
Microsoft Lumia 640 352
LG G Stylo 388
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posted on 24 Jul 2015, 07:50 1

1. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Only thing that is a turn-off for me is the old SD 400 chipset, but everything else is looking great so far.
I am thinking of buying this phone, after selling my current one.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 08:08 1

3. deltaman (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Jun 2015)

It's def. not a gamer-phone, but Microsoft has done an outstanding job getting WIN Phone OS to run far better than Android with Snapdragon 400. Recent Consumer Satisfaction survey placed Lumia 635 & 640 at top overall among new phones purchased in past year!

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 12:22 1

10. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Yeah, I wasn't expecting it to be a gamer phone, but a newer chipset would be nice. They have used the 400 quite a lot on different Lumia phones and it is quite dated. A minor flaw, but everything else rocks. That's just me.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 13:06 1

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 1639; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

I honestly would recommend you looking at getting a Lumia 1520 instead. Just about everything on it is better than this phone and on eBay you can find one that is in excellent (sometimes even brand new condition) for about $250, which is the same price as this phone. Also, I'm fairly certain the 1520 is going to receive the Windows 10 update as they used the device to demonstrate Windows 10 a few months ago.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 15:30 1

14. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

Okay, I will look for it. Thanks! :)

posted on 25 Jul 2015, 04:41

15. PorkyBurger (Posts: 585; Member since: 18 May 2013)

meh, pass. huge import charges and delivery costs. just to get that 250$ Lumia 1520 i need to pay ~200$ for both import charges and delivery. sucks.

posted on 26 Jul 2015, 08:17

16. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

what country you in?

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 07:56 3

2. deltaman (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Jun 2015)

Color Temperature, Tint, and Saturation are adjustable in Windows Phone "Display" settings... Which color settings were used for measurements quoted in this review?

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 08:13 3

4. xnga123 (Posts: 51; Member since: 05 Dec 2014)

the main feature missing for which thisotherwise great phone lost on .5 or 1 more mark is the apple logo.otherwise it could have scored about 8.5-9 points

posted on 02 Aug 2015, 00:46

18. g2a5b0e (Posts: 3814; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)

Did you read the review or even bother to look at the score before you made this inane comment?

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 08:37 3

5. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 2014)

It also has wireless charging...

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 09:09 1

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

If only Microsoft could get the price/value right like this for all of their devices. This is a really great value at $199. I wish MS has a similarly good value at $399.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 09:57 2

7. Phonewbie (Posts: 43; Member since: 15 Feb 2015)

Not trying to start an OS war but this phone getting an 8 and the Zenfone 2 getting an 8.3 is crazy. I owned the Zenfone 2 and I currently use the 640 (not much different than the XL). It's not that close.

Besides that I have to say the value for the 640 is extremely good, the perfect back up phone. the best phone for $100-$130 range.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 10:38 3

8. elitewolverine (Posts: 5192; Member since: 28 Oct 2013)

IMO this should be 8.5-9. There is simply nothing wrong with it.

I highly doubt the effectiveness of their custom script, only because other sites get nearly 9hrs of video off the phone. Higher than the 7hrs custom script.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 12:01 1

9. hound.master (Posts: 1044; Member since: 27 Feb 2015)

Again antutu benchmarks of WP been compared to Android you even read what says in antutu app?
And I'm pretty sure that there's also blue and green colors available for this phone.

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 12:26

11. samystic (Posts: 231; Member since: 25 Mar 2012)

5" FHD screen with CBD and Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Contrast ratio: more than Infinite (nominal) / 4.000:1 (sunlight), multiple sensors, optimized 3000 mAH battery, dimensions at around (5.50 x 2.74 x 0.30 in), 2/3 GB RAM, stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus, Carl Zeis camera with OIS, microSD slot up to 128 GB support, multi touch up to 10 fingers, Optional Dual SIM, color options like green, gray, red, yellow and cyan, pebble design, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic, weight less than 130g. Windows Phone 10.

any price

posted on 24 Jul 2015, 14:19 2

13. aleunge (Posts: 32; Member since: 22 Sep 2014)

Does PA even do proper research anymore? Black and white choices only? No, that's half of the available choices. Wonder what else they get wrong with everything else...

posted on 02 Aug 2015, 06:27

19. deltaman (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Jun 2015)

Available "color choices" will vary by Country and Carrier. If the color you prefer isn't included with the phone, you can order it as an accessory thru Microsoft or eBay...

posted on 27 Jul 2015, 09:25

17. 7thspaceman (Posts: 1583; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)

hmm if you are a big phone fan this one is not a bad one to get. . if only you could use a surface pen with it could be a more useful device for sure

posted on 02 Aug 2015, 07:22

20. deltaman (Posts: 18; Member since: 06 Jun 2015)

Sure, and if they had thought to include a Taser, Cortana could also double as a nanny...

(My point being -- with a $250 USD price point, the features & performance of the entry-level 640 XL phablet already make it a 'phantastic' value; Microsoft isn't overlooking the high-end phablet market, and the 1st "Continuum" phablet from M'soft will stretch the definition of "Smartphone" further than it has ever been taken before... Can you hold your breath 'til March?)

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

OS: Windows Phone 8.1
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PhoneArena rating:
Display5.7 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (259 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Quad-core, 1200 MHz, ARM cortex-A7 processor
Size6.22 x 3.21 x 0.35 inches
(157.9 x 81.5 x 9 mm)
6.03 oz  (171 g)
Battery3000 mAh, 30.3 hours talk time

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