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Microsoft Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL: Hands-on and first impressions

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After launching the Lumia 640, Lumia 640XL at MWC last month, Microsoft today brought the two smartphones to our shores. The former is priced at Rs 11,999, while the latter is priced at Rs 15,799. While the company had launched LTE variants of the handsets in Barcelona, it has only brought the 3G variants to India. We spent some time with the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640XL, and here are our first impressions. Also Read - Windows 365 now available to general public and this is what it costs in India

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There s not a lot that differentiate the two handsets, except for the size. In terms of design both have the familiar Lumia feel to it with glass on the front, and plastic at the back. Despite the use of plastic, the handset doesn t feel cheap.

The back panel on both the smartphones is removable, revealing the batter, two SIM card slots, and a microSD card slot underneath. On the right are the volume rocker and power button, the 3.5mm audio jack on top, and the microUSB port at the bottom. The overall fit and finish is quite decent, and there is little to complain about.

microsoft-lumia-640-hands-on (2)Both the smartphones flaunt an HD (1280×720 pixels) display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. As mentioned above, the size differs, so where the Lumia 640 flaunts a 5-inch screen, the Lumia 640XL flaunts a massive 5.7-inch screen. The difference in size also brings in a bit of a gap in pixel densities 294ppi and 259ppi.

Colors are vibrant, especially the blacks, which is down to the Clearblack LCD display. Viewing angles are quite decent, and legibility under direct sunlight too is impressive. There is also a sunlight readability mode that automatically adjusts the display’s settings so that it remains readable in very bright light.

On paper, the smartphones processing chops are a tad disappointing featuring a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC, paired with Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB RAM. While the internals were able to handle the relatively light weight Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, there was a bit of stutter visible. Microsoft has promised that these smartphones will be one of the first handsets to receive the Windows 10 update, and it will be interesting to see how the internals handle it.

microsoft-lumia-640xl-hands-on (6)On the photography front, the Lumia 640 features an 8-megapixel rear camera, supplemented with a 0.9-megapixel snapper up front. The Lumia 640XL, on the other hand, feature a 13-megapixel auto focus camera with Carl Zeiss optics with f/2.0 aperture and LED flash, supplemented with a 5-megapixel snapper up front. The camera performance on both the handsets is satisfactory to say the least.

The company has further improved its camera software and the phablet comes with Lumia Camera and Lumia Selfie apps. The former includes a new feature called Living Image , which is quite similar to HTC s Zoe. In essence, it records short burst of videos that leads up to the photo.

microsoft-lumia-640xl-hands-on (11)Another USP on the both the smartphones is the battery. The Lumia 640 features a 2,500mAh battery, while the Lumia 640XL comes with a 3,000mAh battery. Microsoft claims that both are good enough to last more than a day on a single charge. While impressive, we will reserve our judgment till we have reviewed the smartphone.

One thing missing however is LTE connectivity. With smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment supporting 4G (including the Lenovo A7000 launched today), Microsoft s two new smartphones are stuck with 3G. The company has however promised that it will launching LTE variants in the coming months.

In the short time we have spent with the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640XL, our first impressions are mixed. While the overall quality, display and the cameras are positives, the lack of power, LTE support and high price tag are a dampener. This isn t however the final judgment, which we are saving for when we review both the handsets.

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  • Published Date: April 7, 2015 6:40 PM IST


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