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Microsoft launches the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL in the UK

The new mid-range Windows Phones by Microsoft offer a complete mobile experience at an affordable price point. Specifications are similar for both handsets, aside from the screen and battery. The Lumia 640 has a 5-inch display, while the Lumia 640 XL sports the larger 5.7-inch option. The latter also comes packing a 13MP rear shooter and HD 5 MP wide angle front-facing camera.

Lumia 640 XL specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
  • Windows 10 Ready
  • Colors: Matte cyan, orange and black, as well as both matte and glossy white
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8226), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5.7" HD (1280x720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 259 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage
  • Rear camera: 13 MP AF, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia Camera 5.0 (with Dynamic Flash, HDR)
  • Front camera: HD 5 MP wide angle, 1080p video
  • Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, SensorCore
  • Battery: 3000 mAh (BV-T4B) removable battery
  • Weight: 171 g
  • Size: 157.9 x 81.5 x 9.0 mm

Lumia 640 specifications:

  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim
  • Windows 10 Ready
  • Colors: Glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926), 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5" HD (1280x720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB free OneDrive cloud storage
  • Rear camera: 8 MP AF (3280x2464), f/2.2, 28 mm, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia Camera 5.0 (with Dynamic Flash, HDR)
  • Front camera: HD 1 MP wide angle, f/2.4, 720p video
  • Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor
  • Battery: 2500 mAh (BV-T5C) removable battery
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Size: 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.85 mm

Both Windows Phones will be eligible for Windows 10 for Phones once available. The Lumia 640 starts at £99.99 or £15.50 per month on contracts in the UK. The Lumia 640 XL will be available from £219 later this month.

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40 Comments
  • So is the 640 an upgrade from my 735?
  • No.
  • The 640XL could be if u decide to upgrade...but still wont be that big of an upgrade to u...but 1 inch more in screen size man...u decide :)
  • But that price is way too much. Should have been £160 max for XL.
  • That's just the RRP, not the retail sales price, which will be lower at some retailers.
  • Totally agree about it...
  • You can buy it from amazon.de for about 110 £
  • Oh that's cool.. I gona buy 640xl
  • Quite a price hike for the XL; seems a lot for a little bit more screen area and 5 megapixels.
  • Five megapixels more on front and back. And nearly an inch more screen which is quite a lot.
  • Yeah, but more than double the price?
  • These devices are gonna be huge... Maybe bigger than the 520/5xx
  • The 640xl looks good but this is not a 1520 replacement :( I shall be staying on my 1520
  • More likely an upgrade from the 1320, the XL that is.........
  • So is the 640 a good intro into Windows phone for a 60+ parent?
  • Very much so, it'll give you a great experience without being so budget that it misses out on the vital processor & ram you need for a fluid experience.
  • So when do you guys think this phone will land in the U.S.?
  • You guys don't really push Windows Phone much with your carriers in the states do you? Compared to say Europe or Australia.
  • What do you mean 'you guys'???
  • 640 is £169.99 in MS Store UK.
  • The more countries, the better!
  • USA USA, come on now!
  • Australia Australia, come on down!
  • I'd consider the 640 XL, but it'll only be availble on AT&T. I have T-Mobile and they are only offering the 640. My only option would be to get the 640 XL dual sim when it comes out.
  • Hmmm... Matte or glossy..
  • matte but the xl is too big for me. hope there is matte cse for the normal 640
  • What's the news on the next flagship with windows 10
  • No news yet, not even a peep.
  • £99??? What??? Where???
  • Am I missing something? Where can I get a 640 @ £99.99?
  • I think based on how they phrased it they mean that it's  £99 if you get a contract. The Microsoft Store has it listed much higher than that. I don't think that you can find the phone for that price by itself.
  • Why do you guys keep listing the 640 w/o SensorCore?
  • Where is it available for £99?
  • I would consider the xl if it had wireless charging
  • I can't find any UK retailer offering the 640 for £99 either sim free or PAYG. Only From FREE* prices with contracts. Either link to the retailer selling for £99, or change the headline. It's a lazy copy/paste from the Microsoft press release. Most news sites seem to have made the same slip up.
  • Please, bring it to Mexico, I want a new phone, and the 640 XL is the one I want, don't make us wait to long, here in México actually lots want this phone 
  • Shame they don't have qi. As it happens, I walked into a Carphone Warehouse store today. It was a really tiny one, but it had the best WP selection I have ever seen. No glimpse of the new 640, but most of the others. And, they had the Fitbit offer clearly displayed in the window. The most coverage and floor space I have ever seen for WP, which was amazing considering that it is a tiny store, approximately the size of my living room. The main store in town never promoted WP like that, and the main store is much bigger.
  • I just bought 640, the only thing i miss now is the wireless charging. Sent from Lumia 640
  • Holy what, the XL translates into $322 US dollars. If that's the price when it gets here, they can keep it. I was looking forward to it too.
  • Its great that Microsoft has released the Lumia 640 and 640 XL but that it seems there is a huge price gap between them..