Microsoft is making way for Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL finally and is slashing prices from its erstwhile hit models– the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. The price for these smartphones in USA on Expansys has significantly dropped to $175 and $200 for the 640 and 640 XL versions respectively. This means that the discounts stand at 17 and 31 per cent for both handsets. We also sniffed on Expansys that Microsoft’s Lumia 640 XL has been a consistent best seller and has also toppled sales for even the best Android phones listed on the website.
Why The Lumia 640 Was A Hit?
This slash comes after the prices had been dropped over a single weekend for the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. The handsets have been huge success stores thanks to presence of Zeiss camera lens that allows it to sap better than the premium models iPhone 6+ or even the Samsung Galaxy S.
Snippet From Argus Report
In addition, the handsets also offer a beefy battery that lasts more than two days even after pretty much decent levels of usage and browsing. A report from Argus Insights states, “In the midst of shifting away from Nokia branding, Microsoft saw an increase in delight from the few consumers reviewing their Microsoft Lumia 640 handsets, crowning Microsoft as the most delightful of the quarter.”
While Microsoft wanted to wow us with the Lumia 1320 budget-make phablet, the same failed to impress the users. Now the Lumia 640 Xl is being touted as a successor that could actually bring in more sales with renewed interest. As for most Lumia variants, Lumia 640 XL will be available in candy colors such as orange and cyan besides classic black and white hues. You can get hands on either a matte model of a glossy body in polycarbonate. Despite being very sturdy Lumia 640 XL is not fit to be used single headedly.
Looking Into The Specs
The phablet comes in 5.7 incher IPS display clubbed with HD resolution. You get pixel density of about 259 ppi. We do not expect great viewing angles but there are no pixelated dots around either. Throwing in Microsoft’s Clearblack tech has done more than good to the LCD screen. The icing on the same is presence of Corning Gorilla Glass 3.
Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2 GHz clock speed powers the Lumia 640 XL to life while your graphics and games are handled well thanks to Adreno 305 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. The handset comes with 8 GB of in built storage that can be extended via a MicroSD up till 128 GB storage.
Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL users will be able to update their wares over the air following a Microsoft firmware update today. The latest update will add a host of features on the Lumia 640 for those using it over T-Mobile network. The better bit here is that the update is available for regional and unlocked handset versions and thus, users can access the update over the Microsoft official server as well.
The operating system on these Lumia handsets will jump up to the 15148 version. This is a leap from the existing version 15127 on Lumia 640 and 640 XL. The latest gesture add-ons to be found post-update are-
Voice over LTE grade support for specific operators
Wi-Fi calling support for T-Mobile and EE UK users of Lumia 640
Enhanced audio quality
Better cellular connectivity
We are not yet sure when the Lumia 640 is set to launch but we did sniff news that Walmart is raking in some marketing for the same. More so, the main surprise here is the adding of Voice over LTE on the handset. Users can now gain hands on what we term HD voice on the Lumia variant. You can check if you can receive the update by accessing- Settings > Phone Update > Check for Update.