At MWC2015 Microsoft introduced two new Lumia phones with the Lumia 640 and the 640XL. The announcement only gave European pricing and Microsoft could not disclose US pricing as deals with carriers have yet to be made. European pricing is affordable with both phones seeing an LTE version and 3G dual sim version. The 640 is priced at 159 Euros for the LTE version and 139 for the 3G dual sim version. The 640XL comes in at 219 Euros for the LTE version and 189 for the 3G dual sim version.
These phones have the classic Nokia look about them but are boldly branded with Microsoft all around. The same bright colors Nokia was known for remain here, the 640’s we handled came in very bright orange. The 640 has a 5″ 1280×720 IPS display with a 294 ppi while the 640XL sports a 5.7″ 1280×720 IPS display with a 259 ppi. The 640’s back camera is 8MP with the traditional Carl Zeiss optics and the 640XL gets the bump to 13MP. Both phones have 8GB of internal storage and have expansion slots that accommodate up to 128GB.
Microsoft touts the battery of life of both phones with the 640 clocking in with a 2,500 mAh battery and the 640XL a 3,000 mAh version. Windows phones have a good track record of good battery life so these should keep you going for a good amount of time. Both are powered by a quad core Snapdragon 400 processor clocking in at 1200MHz. Both phones come with free 30GB of cloud storage and one year of Office 365 included. US pricing is yet to be announced but as soon as carriers sign the appropriate deals we should see who will carry them and how much these Lumias will be in the US.