Meet the successor of the Lumia 1320: The Lumia 640XL

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Lumia 640XL
Stephen Elop unveils the Lumia 640XL at MWC2015
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Stephen Elop unveils the Lumia 640XL at MWC2015

Microsoft today unveiled the replacement to the Lumia 1320 phablet, The Lumia 640XL.  This device was unintentionally leaked by Microsoft on the day before launch, it presents a welcome departure in Nokia’s naming convention. Though a fantastic device, the numbering of the Lumia 1320 confused customers as it suggest it was a device with better specs than the Lumia Flagships at the time (Lumia 925, Lumia 1020). It appears that Microsoft has followed some of the recommendations we suggested on making the Lumia product range easier to understand.

The Lumia 640XL will be launched with Windows Phone 8.1 (Update 1), but will also be be fully upgradeable to Microsoft’s next operating system, Windows 10  later in 2015. Comparing the specs of the Lumia 640XL to the previous generation Lumia 1320, it is evident that Microsoft is aggressively cascading high end features to lower price points. The Lumia 640XL comes with a whopping 13MP rear camera (that will support all the innovative imaging features first seen in Lumia Denim), 5.7″ 1280×720 screen, and a 3000mAH battery.

Starting in April 2015, the Lumia 640XL will be available globally in both single SIM and dual SIM versions as well as 3G and LTE version at the following prices (before taxes and subsidies):

  • 3G 189 Euros, 211 US Dollars, KES 19,334
  • 3G 219 Euros, 244 US Dollars, KES 22,403

Microsoft envisions the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL as great devices for enterprise with features such as Office, Outlook OneDrive and Skype. As such, both devices will come with a free 1 year subscription to Office 365. This package will include:

  • Office 365 license installable on one PC (Windows or Mac) and one tablet (Android, iOS or Windows)
  • 1 Terabyte of online storage on OneDrive
  • 60 minutes per month of Skype World.

Specifications

Device Lumia 640XL Lumia 1320
Price (before taxes and Subsidies) $211 (3G) $244 (4G) $339
Officially announced 2-Mar-15 22-Oct-13
Design
OS Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim Windows Phone 8.0
Display
Physical size 5.7 inches 6.0 inches
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 245 ppi 245 ppi
Technology IPS LCD IPS LCD
Colors 16 777 216 16 777 216
Features Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Polarizing filter Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 3), Polarizing filter
Camera
Camera 13 MP 5MP
Flash LED LED
Features Back-illuminated sensor (BSI), Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Smile detection, ISO control, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Panorama, Night mode, Scenes Autofocus, Touch to focus, Face detection, Exposure compensation, ISO control, White balance presets, Digital zoom, Geo tagging, Panorama
Camcorder 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps) 1920×1080 (1080p HD) (30 fps)
Features Continuous autofocus, Video calling, Video sharing Continuous autofocus, Video light, Video calling, Video sharing
Front-facing camera 1 MP megapixels 0.3 megapixels VGA
Hardware
System chip Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Processor Quad core, 1200 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 Dual core, 1700 MHz, Krait 300
System memory 1024 MB RAM 1024 MB RAM
Built-in storage 8 GB 8 GB
Storage expansion microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 128 GB microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC up to 64 GB
Battery
Capacity 300 mAh 3400 mAh
Wireless charging Optional n/a
Multimedia
Radio FM, Stereo, RDS FM, Stereo, RDS
Speakers Earpiece, Stereo speakers Earpiece, Loudspeaker
YouTube player Yes Yes
Technology
GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz 850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz
UMTS 850, 900, 2100 MHz 850, 900, 2100 MHz
FDD LTE 800 (band 20), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz 800 (band 20), 1800 (band 3), 2600 (band 7) MHz
Data LTE Cat 4 (150/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, EDGE, GPRS LTE Cat 3 (100/50 Mbit/s), HSDPA+ (4G) 42.2 Mbit/s, HSUPA 5.76 Mbit/s, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS
SIM Type MicroSIM MicroSIM
Multiple SIM cards 2 slots n/a
HD Voice Yes Yes
Positioning GPS, A-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning GPS, A-GPS, S-GPS, Glonass, Cell ID, Wi-Fi positioning
Connectivity
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Wi-Fi 802.11 b, g, n 802.11 b, g, n
Mobile hotspot Yes Yes
USB USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Connector microUSB microUSB
Features Mass storage device, USB charging Mass storage device, USB charging
Other NFC, Computer sync, OTA sync DLNA, Tethering, Computer sync, OTA sync
Other features
Notifications Service lights, Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone Haptic feedback, Music ringtones (MP3), Polyphonic ringtones, Vibration, Flight mode, Silent mode, Speakerphone
Sensors Accelerometer, Compass Accelerometer, Compass
Other Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, TTY/TDD

 

 

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