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.”
Microsoft might have designed the budget ware Lumia 640 sensibly in a poly-carbonate body and stunning rear case, but the Windows 8.1 is one blockade that the phone could not compensate for.
Looking Into The Lumia 640
For starters, we loved the viewing angles of the screen as well as the clarity of pictures we took with the Lumia 640, but again, the OS was a letdown in the age when we are so happy with Android. Surprisingly, the biggest snag came about when we realized that the phone can barely support very basic apps due to the lowdown of the Windows 8.1 system.
A Deeper Look
Only 8.8 mm in terms of thickness, the Lumia 640 is an easy deal to carry in your pockets but we expected more speed that are missing due to an average quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400. Even the 1GB RAM size is a low point of the Lumia handset though the phone tiles on home screen work just about fine.
As for the contracted pricing, pay as little as £14 per month to avail Office 365 Personal for one year as well as most Microsoft applications toped up with One Drive. Still want to buy the Lumia 640? Wait for sometime before you do!
The Lumia 640 has become a fan favourite due to speeds, reliability and sharpness and ease of pic taking with its camera. Despite being a budget choice, Nokia had delivered immense value with this handset. Then again, the Windows OS killed all the great specs on the phone and to the lack of bandwidth to support the right apps on the Lumia 640.
The Lumia 640 Hardware
Not just that we do not like the plasticy build either, despite it belonging to old-school Nokia ideals. In terms of hardware and longevity alone, the Lumia 640 appears to be a great bargain.
At 8.8 mm, this is not Size Zero phone but is surely a good one to carry around easily. The quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 that powers it is worth it as if the 1GB RAM size.
Only if you are a real big enthusiast, this set up could appeal to you. The contract comes at £14 on a monthly basis with a yearlong trial for Office 365 Personal. Besides this, the entire array of MS apps and One Drive are available as well.
Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are eligible to receive the Lumia Denim update. Here is a step by step guide to get your hands on it:
Lumia 640 owners with subscription to EE UK or T-Mobile US will be eligible for native Wi-Fi calling functionality post-update. They can also access VoLTE compatibility active on specific wireless carriers.
Also, on cards are audio call enhancement and add-ons to cellular connectivity, stability for network and national roaming. The latest software version for Lumia 640 is 02177.00000.15184.36xxx/8.10.15148.160, says Microsoft.
As for users of the Lumia 640 XL, they are also eligible to get hands on VoLTE support via selected operators besides native Wi-Fi calling support if subscribed to EE in the UK. The update also brings in enhancements to audio call quality, Wi-Fi, connectivity, roaming and network stability, again. Lumia 640 XL comes with the version 02177.00000.15184.36xxx/8.10.15148.160 for the update.
Simply select the menu in this order– Settings > Phone Update > Check for Updates to access the latest update. In case, you are yet to get the same, it just might be due to your region and location.… Read the rest
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.
The battle ground for budget smartphones is packed with warriors– Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 640 precisely. Besides the OS and similar plasticy build with rounded corners, there is a lot of contrasts that define the two handsets from Microsoft.
The Lumia 640 is one of the best picks for those looking for decent performance without going overboard. Come June and the phone will be among the initial models to be eligible for Windows 10 update. Pretty hardy despite its build, the phone is sleek at 141x72x8.8 mm dimensions and impresses with its 5-incher size laced with 1280×720, 294ppi TrueColor resolution.
Let us not forget the IPS display that accounts for great screen colors and viewing angles. The Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim is not until the Windows 10 arrives and you can trust the Lumia 640 to multi tasks and handle apps. The 1.2GHz quad-core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor adds punch to the 1 GB RAM. As fr the camera, the 8 MP is decent with LED flash.
On the other hand, the Microsoft Lumia 535 runs on the Snapdragon 200 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and flaunt 1 GB RAM. Therefore, working on it is not much fun. It also disappoints with the 5 MP camera that has Flash but fails as a result of quality. More so, the final nail in the Lumia 535 coffin is its 1905 MP battery that is a pity against the 2500 mAh we find on the Lumia 640.
A latest render of the much awaited Lumia 940 from Microsoft has been leaked. While buzz around its stylus and retina scanner have dominated online forums, the latest leak points towards fresh metallic colors that add a bold look to the overall design, according to Phones Review. The render is a brainchild of Lucas F Silva who suggests that the Lumia 940 will be available in five tones.
A slimmer bezel with neatly rounded corners is up on the flagship besides having an angular style. According to this render from Silva, the smartphone will feature-
Snapdragon 808 processor
3 GB RAM
20 MP Main camera
3200 mAh battery
This opposes a much highlighted space on Lumia 940-the Carl Zeiss Lens of 25 MP on the main camera front. While the release date rumors are fanning our appetites, we are more eager to see whether the 25 MP camera will indeed be true. It is being hailed as a unique spec due to its 60 FPS feature and ability to shoot 4k resolution videos. The latest leak reveals presence of 3D Touch, fingerprint sensor and the retina scanner. While this is the hundredth Lumia render we have seen over cyberspace, we expect some specs to make it to the actual phone at least.
Ever since we have sniffed the Lumia 640, Microsoft has made it to our fave list. Especially when we could get it at about 130 dollars sans contract, it is more than worthy when pitted against the up market Lumia 735 and 830.
While the plasticy body of the Lumia 640 is not brag worthy, it feels like a hands on phone that offers decent viewing angles besides a bright display.
The 5-incher screen is mediocre but its IPS LCD grade ups the quality to a slight extent. The exclusive Clear Black technology for the makes it easy to adjust to the average resolution. Moving on to the camera just 8 MP under the main hood is not great news but once you recall the price, it is consoling.
Lumia 640 surprises us with an anti-glare and sunlight viewing specs but we wish it could less clumsy. Moreover the battery is a letdown at 2500 mAh. On a positive side though, the 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor makes booting and tasks on the Lumia 640 breezy.
Finally, the OS on this Lumia model is Windows Phone 8.1.2. We are impressed but if you want more from this Lumia 640 line up, wait for the magical Lumia 640 XL.… Read the rest
As soon as the Lumia 640 XL got on the block, reviewers and gadget freaks have gone ahead to dissect it. On first look, we love the plane jane neat look Microsoft has rendered on the Lumia 640 XL. However, the candy matte orange and cyan impressed us more than the glossy white or black.
The 5.7-incher screen with support for 4G LTE and 3G is impressive. The camera is the best deal on this Lumia model. With 13 MP sensors, Carl Zeiss lens and f/2.0 aperture, even low light shots are good. With add-ons such as Dynamic flash, burst mode and HDR too are impressive.The 5-megapixel with f/2.4 wide-angle aperture and Refocus add-on offer great selfie clicks.
Sure the IPS LCD display is not as great under glaring light and the 720p resolution is average. However, the 1.2 GHz quad-core processor offers such great multitasking capacities and quick working on apps including Cortana that we dare not complain about.
The 3,000 mAh battery adds zing to 1GB RAM and ultimately the Lumia 640 XL is a bargain buy at $210 USD for non LTE version and $245 USD for the LTE version. Watch out for more updates on the specs of the fresh Lumia ware.