Not to be outdone by many of its rivals at MWC, Microsoft has taken the wraps off of two (essentially the same) smartphones with which it will aim to keep its large market share in the mid-tier smartphone market. The major difference between the two are their sizes, as you would have guessed from the XL moniker.
Both devices will launch in April, and Microsoft says that the 640 features Windows Phone 8.1, as well as a 2,500 mAh battery for all-day battery life. You will also find a 5-inch HD display at 720p and it will come in four different colours, namely Cyan, Orange, Black, and White.
The XL variant comes with a 5.7-inch display, a 3,000 mAh battery, a 13MP camera, and other slightly improved specs over the 640. Both the phones have 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processors, as well as 1GB of RAM.
Both phones are upgradeable to Windows 10, which should offer more personal computing and greater productivity.
Check out the full press release below:
In a competitive marketplace, Microsoft continues to deliver innovative smartphone experiences at all price points. Both devices offer the seamless integration of hardware essentials “” with a choice of screen sizes and camera capabilities “” and Microsoft services to offer incredible productivity with affordability. With Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, people are prepared for anything “” for work, at home and on the go:
· Smoothly and quickly access important documents or run popular websites, apps and games thanks to the onboard 1 GB of memory and powerful Qualcomm ® Snapdragon â„¢ processor featuring quad-core CPU running at 1.2GHz.
· Enjoy photos and videos on a crisp high-definition (HD) display “” either 5 inches on Lumia 640 or 5.7 inches on Lumia 640 XL.
· Power through the day with battery to spare with a long-lasting battery “” 2500 mAh for Lumia 640 and 3000 mAh for Lumia 640 XL.
· Capture detail-rich photos even in low light with the 8MP camera on Lumia 640 or 13MP ZEISS optics on Lumia 640 XL. Both feature LED flash, a front-facing camera for Skype video calling, and Lumia Camera software right out of the box.
· Enjoy the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update, complete with one-swipe Action Center, Word Flow and Live Folders. People can also upgrade Lumia 640 and 640 XL to Windows 10 and enjoy its benefits as it becomes available later this year.
· Have the best of both worlds with LTE support available on dual-SIM models for the first time. In addition, all dual-SIM models will feature Smart Dual SIM to help ensure people never miss a call.
Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL customers will be able to access new Windows 10 features and innovation through the Windows Insider Program, as well as upgrade to Windows 10 later this year. Key features and improvements of Windows 10 include new universal apps such as Office, Mail and Calendar, and Photos; Internet Protocol-based messaging from Skype and others integrated directly into the messaging experience; an entirely new browsing experience with the new Project Spartan browser; and extended integration of the Cortana personal assistant.
Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL also come with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, which includes the latest Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook and OneNote) on the Lumia as well as on one PC or Mac and one tablet, plus 1TB of OneDrive storage, and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.**
“œOur newest Lumia devices build on our momentum in the affordable smartphones space,“ said Jo Harlow, corporate vice president for Phones at Microsoft. “œWith the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, we continue to make innovation accessible to more people. We have packaged competitive hardware with innovative Windows software and Microsoft services to help you achieve more, wherever and whenever you want.“
Lumia 640 XL will begin rolling out globally in March and will be available in matte cyan, orange and black, as well as both matte and glossy white. Lumia 640 will be available starting in April and will be available in glossy cyan, orange and white, as well as matte black. Both Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will be available in single-SIM and dual-SIM LTE and dual-SIM 3G variants. Lumia 640 XL will also be available as a single-SIM 3G variant. Pricing will vary by market and operator; Lumia 640 is estimated to be around 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model, before taxes and subsidies. Lumia 640 XL will be around 189 euros for 3G and 219 euros for LTE, before taxes and subsidies.
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