The Lumia 640 and 640 XL Continue Microsoft's Budget Smartphone Ambitions

By Tom Pritchard on at

Yesterday was a big day in the mobile world, and saw the announcements of the much anticipated flagships from Samsung and HTC. They're are going to be more on the expensive side, though, and if you need to keep your bank account in the black then Microsoft's Lumia 640 and 640 XL are here to help.

They aren't quite the flagship devices some Lumia fans may have been hoping for, but they both stick to Microsoft's policy of offering respectable hardware on a budget. Both phones come with a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 1GB of RAM a piece, 8GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, as well a year of Office 365, and 1TB of free OneDrive storage.

The Lumia 640 comes with a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a 2,500 mAh battery. The 640 XL is slightly bigger, clocking in at 5.7-inches, and includes a 13-megapixel camera, and a 3,00 mAh battery.

Both devices will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when it launches later this year, and you will be able to install the Windows 10 preview when both phones are released later this month.

As mentioned before, both phones are firmly in the budget handset range. The 640 will cost around €139/£101 for the 3G model and €159/£115 if you want 4G. The 640 XL is slightly more expensive, costing around €189/£137 for the standard 3G model and €219/£159 for the 4G model.

Update: O2 has confirmed that it will be stocking the Lumia 640 on pay-as-you-go tariffs. There is no information on pricing or an exact date just yet, just that the phone will be in stock "in the coming weeks". No word on whether this also includes the 640 XL.

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