Armed with an upgraded camera, you’ll relish over its great performance.

One of the few changes, aside from the aesthetics, is that the camera has been bumped up to a 13-megapixel 1/3” sensor – with a wider f/2.0 aperture lens. In contrast, the Lumia 640 was outfitted with an 8-megapixel one with an f/2.2 aperture lens. That’s a delightful treat, more so when the front-facing camera receives the same treatment by being upgraded to a 5-megapixel snapper. Naturally, the Lumia Camera app is in tow to offer hardcore shutterbugs a useful full manual mode – where the focus, ISO, white balance, and shutter speed can be modified.

Having been impressed by the Lumia 640 camera already, we have the same reservations here with the Lumia 640 XL. The difference at play here, naturally, is the higher capacity of detail it’s able to produce – one that makes it slightly more apt for cropping. While it’s stellar for outdoors, where colors tend to be emphasized by heavier saturation, low lighting shots still continue to be grainy looking and light on the details. Unfortunately, its LED flash loses its effectiveness after 5 feet. Love it or hate it, the Rich Tone HDR mode continues to sprinkle that artificial look to our shots by boosting the exposure in necessary areas – while adding sharpening and more color saturation in the process.

Taking a pic Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec) Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 3.4
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Microsoft Lumia 640 4.5
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LG G Stylo 3.3

We’re also happy to report that there’s a subtle improvement to its video recording quality as well! For starters, it’s more stable with its performance – whereas with the Lumia 640, it was marred by a sensitive white balance adjustment. This time, there’s none of that around, thank goodness! Well, the only soft spot is the artifacting elements that come up when panning quickly.


Big is better! It certainly shows here when it comes to watching videos.

When it comes to music, we have two options to choose from – the usual Xbox Music app or MixRadio. Both handle the task of playing music, as they both employ Windows Phone’s Modern UI design style. Despite the stronger 76.6 dB of power coming out of its speaker this time, the end result is still identical to the Lumia 640. Quite simply, it continues to sound strained at the loudest setting.

Thanks to the boost in the screen’s brightness output, the Lumia 640 XL, as a whole, offers the more ideal video watching experience. Our only qualm is once again related to the resolution, which is rather limiting considering high definition content can’t be experienced to their utmost best.

Headphones output power (Volts) Higher is better
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 0.611
Microsoft Lumia 640 0.615
LG G Stylo 0.335
Loudspeaker loudness (dB) Higher is better
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL 76.6
Microsoft Lumia 640 68.7
LG G Stylo 74



1. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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.

3. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 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!

10. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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.

12. Dr.Phil

Posts: 2356; Member since: Feb 14, 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.

14. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 2013

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

15. PorkyBurger

Posts: 585; Member since: May 18, 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.

16. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

what country you in?

2. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 2015

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

4. xnga123

Posts: 51; Member since: Dec 05, 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

18. g2a5b0e unregistered

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

5. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

It also has wireless charging...

6. Cheezwiz

Posts: 500; Member since: Dec 29, 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.

7. Phonewbie

Posts: 44; Member since: Feb 15, 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.

8. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 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.

9. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 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.

11. samystic

Posts: 242; Member since: Mar 25, 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

13. aleunge

Posts: 34; Member since: Sep 22, 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...

19. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 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...

17. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 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

20. deltaman

Posts: 18; Member since: Jun 06, 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?)
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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