Matte vs. Glossy: The Lumia 640 and 640 XL colors

When the Lumia 640 and 640 XL were announced, I was excited to see a familiar color make a come back. I'm talking about Cyan blue. I fell in love with this color when Nokia introduced it in the Lumia 800, but it disappeared as a color option after the Lumia 1020 was released. Now, the color is back as an option for the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. To make things even more interesting, not only will you have to choose between a smaller and bigger phone, but you also have to decide between a glossy and a matte phone.

I compare the orange and blue Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in matte and glossy finish, so you can see the difference. Go watch the video.

Let's break down the color availability for both devices:

  • Lumia 640: glossy cyan, glossy orange, glossy white, and matte black.
  • Lumia 640 XL: matte cyan, matte orange, matte black, matte white, and glossy white.

So it appears that if you want something colorful, you'll get it in a glossy finish on the smaller Lumia 640, and matte on the bigger Lumia 640 XL. The size and color finish aren't the only differences between the two devices, though. The Lumia 640 has a 5-inch display while the Lumia 640 XL has 5.7 inches. There's a 2500 mAh battery for the Lumia 640 while there's a 3000 mAh battery for the Lumia 640 XL. The Lumia 640 has an 8MP camera while the 640 XL has a 13MP camera with ZEISS optics. The Lumia 640 has a 1MP front-facing camera while the Lumia 640 XL has a 5MP front-facing camera.

But let's forget about the specs for now and just talk about the colors. Which do you prefer? Do you like matte or glossy? Sound off in the comments!

Mark Guim

Mark Guim is Video Editor at Windows Central. He switched to Windows because the MacBook Pro isn't Pro enough. You can follow him on Twitter at @markguim.