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First Impressions : Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640XL


Microsoft had announced the Lumia 640XL and Lumia 640 at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and has now, launched these devices in India at a price of Rs 11,999 for the Lumia 640 and Rs 15,799 for the Lumia 640XL. Both these phones will be upgradeable to Windows 10 mobile phone OS when it is launched.

Now from the naming convention, one may think that these phones just differ in screen size, but that is not the case. While both phones sport the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, both phones come with different cameras, different battery capacities.Here are my first impressions on the phones based on just a 20 minutes with them.
 


Display and Build

Lumia Devices are always known for their decent build qualities, and Lumia 640XL and Lumia 640 don't disappoint much. It is quite similar to most of the Lumia Phones such as Lumia 1320. It sports a plastic back cover (which is common in all Lumia phones), but its the most sturdiest I've seen and is also removable.

The Lumia 640XL comes with a 5.7-inch  display with the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 but unfortunately it only has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. I thought it would sport a full HD display, but thats what is missing. The pixel density is 259ppi. But the Clear Black IPS LCD panel gives a good contrast and thanks to the IPS panel, the viewing angles seem good.


There are plastic buttons on the right hand side which have a good feedback. Removing the rear cover is
easy and it shows you the long removable battery beside which you have the dual-SIM slots and a microSD card slot above it. The matte finish on the phone helps with the grip.(Yes.. MATTE!!)

On the contrary,The Lumia 640 has a 5-inch screen with the Corning Gorilla Glass. The resolution is 720x1280 pixel. The pixel density is 294 ppi.All the other things are quite similar on both the phones.

Processor, Storage, RAM

Microsoft Lumia 640XL
The dual-SIM Microsoft Lumia 640XL and Lumia 640 come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC which has a 1.2GHz quad-core processor along with an Adreno 305 GPU. There is 1GB of RAM along with 8GB of internal storage. You can expand the storage from the microSD card slot to up to 128GB.

Additionally Microsoft will also offer you 30GB free of OneDrive cloud storage. Apart from this, buyers will also get a 12 month Office 365 Personal subscription as a limited time offer redeemable between April and June 2015 which will also include 1TB of OneDrive storage.

In the limited time that I had with the devices, the 640XL and 640 performed speedily. There wasn’t any stutter while scrolling through the app menu or the home page. Switching between applications was quick.I'll have to run the benchmarks and run the phones through out battery of tests to really give a verdict on the performance, though its basically not possible for me to do so.(Cause chances are I won't get to use it again, But I'll try my best to do so)

Microsoft Lumia 640
Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640XL run on the Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update. But it will be getting the Windows 10 mobile update when it is available. Thanks to the Denim update, you get Cortana support, folders, and even the settings menu has got some changes. 

You now have different sub-heads for settings and can even pin a setting to the Start screen. It comes with built-in Skype integration. It comes pre-installed with apps such as BookMyShow, BBM, Ola cabs, Food Panda among others. On the battery front, the Lumia 640 houses a 2500 mAh battery which promises a day-long usage and the Lumia 640XL houses a 3000 mAh battery.

Camera

Cameras are the most promising things in any Lumia Device, and these phones are no exceptions.

The Lumia 640 is packed with a 8MP main camera with auto-focus and LED flash. The camera has a 4x digital zoom with f/2.2 aperture.The camera features a Backside-illuminated image sensor, Dynamic flash, Rich capture(As promised by the company)The main camera has 28 mm focal length. I couldn't take sample pictures but the camera appeared quite good. The main camera supports 1080p (Full HD, 1920 x 1080) video resolutions with  Video zoom, Continuous autofocus, Video light. The camera frame rate is 30 fps.The front camera is 1MP with f/2.4 aperture. 





Lumia 640XL comes with a 13MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture and a 5MP front camera. The 1/3-inch size sensor on the Lumia 640XL promises good performanceThe front camera has a 24mm wide angle lens, which is something we had seen with the Lumia 730 as well.


Both phones come with the Lumia selfie app for selfie-enthusiasts.

Microsoft's Lumia portfolio is growing steadily and it looks as though the pace will continue through the year, leading up to the Windows 10 release. It's reassuring to know that these models are guaranteed to receive the upgrade. 

Let's see if  I'll get to use again for the sample pictures and a full review. Till then keep reading.

Here are the highlights from Microsoft's Launch at Mobile World Congress: