Following on from Sunday’s mass influx of smartphones, Microsoft has opened up its MWC stall – showcasing two brand new smartphones.
During its very own press conference, Microsoft opened by revealing the Lumia 640. This followed by a brief Windows 10 demonstration, and then topped off by the unveiling of the Lumia 640 XL.
Microsoft’s first handset of MWC, the Lumia 640 offers a large and powerful display without being too highly priced.
Sporting a 5” 720p display the Lumia 640 is available in both a 3G and 4G version, making it one of the best connected handsets from Nokia.
It features a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB RAM, whilst 8GB internal storage also makes the cut.
On the camera front we find an 8 megapixel rear-based effort and a 1 megapixel front facing lens, each of which are nice improvements over many other Microsoft budget efforts.
A 2500mAh battery also gives Lumia 640 users plenty of charge – often lasting well over the industry standard of 24 hours.
Pricing up between £100-£120 (depending on whether you opt for 3G or 4G), the Lumia 640 is extremely cheap for its specs, and will be available in April.
Microsoft also took time in the conference to introduce the larger screened Lumia 640 XL.
Playing host to a 5.7” HD screen, the 640 XL is well within the limits of a phablet device but sizes up at just 9mm thick.
Internally, we find a similar looking spec sheet to that of the standard sized 640, with the camera and battery seeing the only improvements.
Photography fans would be wise to invest in the 640 XL, as it stakes claim to a 13mp rear lens which is supported with Carl Zeiss optics. On the front side, we’re also treated to a 5 megapixel lens – making it the ideal handset for selfie addicts.
Microsoft also includes a 3000mAh battery to compensate for the larger display, giving you more than enough charge for a day’s worth of use.
The XL device also packs a 3G and 4G model, but is priced slightly higher than the standard Lumia 640 – around £140-£160 depending on which option you go for.
Both devices have deal sweeteners involved as well, coming in the shape of 1TB OneDrive storage, 60 Skype minutes and one year’s subscription to Office 365. There’s no word on how long these will be included with the phones however, so you’d better act fast if you like these extras.
Both handsets will be available to buy in April, with Microsoft listing them as ‘coming soon’ on their smartphone website.
As always we’ll aim to keep you updated about their official release, so make sure to keep your eyes and ears open!
Written by Luke Hatfield