“Got questions about the new Microsoft Lumia 640 XL? We’ve got the answers”
Large-screened phones, or phablets, as we call them, fall in the no-man’s land – trying to traverse both phone and tablet categories. And in the recent past, these devices have become hugely popular – clearly, users love the idea of one device that can kill two birds with a single stone. On hand is the large screen that offers more real estate for stuff like working with documents, viewing images and videos and playing games, while on the other, an overall size which may not be great for one-handed usage, but at least can be carried about reasonably comfortably unlike a proper tablet. It’s a delicate balance, and not all the available phablets manage it well. And it possibly goes without saying that almost all the options we’re talking about run Android. But what about other platforms then? Talking about Windows Phone specifically, there were just a couple of options in the form of the Lumia 1520 (review) and the 1320, but these are roughly about a year old. In that short time, the phablet space, especially in India, has changed quite a bit. To address the changing requirements (and expectations) of users, Microsoft has just outed the 640 XL, a new phablet that’s not too heavy on the pocket, yet offers specs loaded enough for one to sit up and take notice. The Lumia 640 XL (first impressions) saw first light of day at MWC along with its smaller sibling, the Lumia 640, and has just landed on Indian shores.
So let’s dive right in and try to answer some queries we think may be swirling in your minds around the Lumia 640 XL…
The 640 XL sports a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. The phablet utlises a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor mated to a gigabyte of RAM. The imaging department comprises a 13MP primary camera featuring ZEISS optics, supplemented by an LED flash, along with a 5MP snapper at the front. Powering the show is a 3,000mAh battery.
The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is available in a riot of vivid colours including orange and blue, along with the usual black and white. As far as the design and build are concerned, you should check out our first impressions for the complete lowdown. In brief however, the build quality is quite solid, and the design is typically Lumia-esque. The screen dominates the front with black bezels around the sides, and you won’t find any dedicated navigation keys since they’re implemented as software overlays. The rear shell hugs the main unit from all sides, and sports the controls on the right. The device is quite large, measuring 158 x 81.5 x 9mm… tipping the scales at 171g.
The answer to that is yes. The display on the Lumia 640 XL is protected by third-gen Corning Gorilla Glass.
The device supports dual-SIMs and accepts a pair of micro-SIM cards. Unfortunately, Microsoft hasn’t launched the 4G variant of the device in India, so all you get is support for 3G networks.
Oh yes, the Lumia 640 XL does feature support for NFC.
Apart from 3G, dual-SIM and NFC, you also get DLNA, A-GPS, GLONASS and an FM tuner, apart from the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, hotspot and Bluetooth.
Out of the 8GB storage built in, about 3GB is available to use. However, you can add up to 128GB more via microSD, and you should also be aware that the Windows Phone platform allows you to install apps to the memory card as well.
The Lumia 640 XL sports a 13MP primary camera with ZEISS optics, f/2.0 aperture and LED flash. It also comes loaded with Microsoft's proprietary imaging enhancements like Dynamic Flash and Rich Capture. The front 5MP camera can take wide-angle images too. You should check out the camera review for more details on how well it can shoot, but we can tell you that the pair of snappers are quite capable, especially for daylight shots.
The 640 XL runs Windows Phone 8.1 with the Lumia Denim update, and is in line to receive an update to Windows 10 as and when it becomes available. Preloaded apps include BBM, Foodpanda, MakeMyTrip, MobiKwik, Olacabs, and WeChat, along with the bunch of first-party apps such as Cortana, Health & Fitness, Lumia Beamer, Lumia Cinemagraph, Lumia Storyteller, Maps, OneDrive, OneNote, Skype, and Office.
You might be interested to know that if you buy the Lumia 640 XL (or its smaller sibling, the Lumia 640), you’ll also be getting a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal which can be used on two additional devices (like your Windows laptop and tablet). You also get a terabyte of free cloud storage on OneDrive. These would normally cost you Rs 3,299, so it definitely looks like a good deal.
The Lumia 640 XL will set you back by Rs 15,799, and is available to buy across online as well as brick-and-mortar stores. It’s sibling, the Lumia 640 however, is priced at Rs 11,999, and is available exclusively online via Flipkart.