Category: Microsoft Lumia

Hi-Res Images of The Lumia 640XL

With the announced of the Lumia 640XL this morning at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft has now released hi-res images of the new 5.7″ Phablet device that replaces the aging Lumia 1320.  Like I did with the Lumia 640 images, I’ve put them in this post after the break so those who want to skip the article won’t be bogged down.  The images range from 1.5-3MB in size so it may take a while to load the gallery depending on your network connection.

If you haven’t had a chance to review the specs of the Lumia 640XL you can find them here.  I’m pretty impressed with it given that the Lumia 1320 has been my primary phone for many months now.  This upgrade is quite impressive and I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one to review.

Hi-Res Images of The Lumia 640

As I posted just a bit ago, Microsoft launched the Lumia 640 this morning at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.  If you haven’t had a chance to review the specs, you can do so here and I think you’ll like what you see.  The Lumia 640 is certainly not a flagship device but it is a nice step up in the mid-market and one that should do well.

Microsoft has now released hi-res images of the Lumia 640 and I’ve got all of them here for your viewing pleasure.  All of them can be found after the break to save those who don’t want to see them from a big download on the front page of the site.  Keep in mind that these are all between 1.5-3 MB is size so rendering may be slow depending on your connectivity.

Microsoft Announces the Lumia 640

At Mobile World Congress today, Microsoft announced the new Lumia 640, a mid-range Windows Phone that is a step up from the popular Lumia 635.  The Lumia 640 comes in three variants, the 3G Dual SIM, LTE Dual SIM and an LTE Single SIM and it is expected to sell for less than $200 when it reaches the US.  Yes, the Lumia 640 is coming to the United States!  It is expected to be with AT&T, T-Mobile and MetroPCS but what is unclear is which variant will be with which carrier.  While I’ve voice my opinion on the need for a flagship Windows Phone from Microsoft, it is good to see this Lumia 640 as it is, specification wise, not bad at all for a sub-$200 device.

The Lumia 640 will run on the Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor at 1.2GHz and will sport a 8GB of storage on board.  That can be augmented with up to 128GB on a MicroSD card.  The rear camera is a 8MP autofocus capable of shooting 1080p video while the front facing camera is a HD 1MP wide angle. The display is a 5″ HD 1280×720 IPS that does support Glance which if you don’t have, once you do, will love.  It is expected to launch this month in various markets globally.

Extras+Info for Lumia Phones Updated – With What I Have No Clue

Before I started writing this post I seriously debated whether to bother with it. But I like to think that I keep everyone reasonably up-to-date with app changes – especially those involving settings on Windows Phones – so thus you have a post.  Microsoft today update the Extras+Info app in Settings for Lumia devices.  The new build, version for those keeping score at home, is available now in the Windows Phone Store.

I have absolutely no idea what changed.

Extras+Info for Lumia Devices – Free – Download Now

Microsoft Updates The Nokia Software Recovery Tool

Microsoft has released an update to the Nokia Software Recovery Tool with support for newer Lumia devices.  The update, version 5.0.5 for those keeping score at home, fundamentally works the same way as it always has although there are a few minor layout changes.  If you are not familiar with this tool, it is a download that allows you to recover your Lumia phone to its original firmware configuration if your phone will not respond or is stuck in a loop.  Rarely should you need to use this if ever but the tool is there and available for free.

If you need more insight into how the tool works, read my How To on restoring your Lumia’s software.

Nokia Software Recovery Tool – Free – Microsoft

Future Windows Phones to Run Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 Processors

In a post on their website, Qualcomm has announced their continued partnership with Microsoft and that future Windows Phones will be powered by the Snapdragon 810 processor.  This is good news for Windows Phone users as a new flagship phone is expected later this year along with the release of Windows 10 for Phone.  The performance and power of the Snapdragon 810 should make these a powerful option in the marketplace in 2015.

Lumia Storyteller App For Windows Phone Gets Minor Update

The Lumia Storyteller app for Windows Phone has received a minor update overnight, bringing expanded stories in your timeline among other small updates.  The new build, version for those keeping score at home, builds on the major 4.0 update that came out in December and is more-or-less a tweaking of some of the features that that releases brought to the exclusively Lumia only app.

Lumia Storyteller – Free (Lumia Devices Only) – Download Now

Lumia Denim Rolling Out on Some Carriers – But Slow in North America

Lumia Denim has started making its way to devices locked to carriers in South American and the United Kingdom, starting what hopefully will be a rapid release on other carriers globally.  As you may remember, Lumia Denim was released back in December but it is up to carriers to test and release it for specific devices on their network.  Those who have Country Variant version of Windows Phones have already received Lumia Denim by-and-large.

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