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.

Here is rundown of the specs for the Lumia 640 3G Dual SIM:

Lumia 640
Lumia 640

Operating System: Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

Networks: GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 MHz

Processor: CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8926), 1.2 GHz quad core processor

Memory: 1GB RAM, 8 GB internal mass memory + up to 128 GB Micro SD & 30GB* free OneDrive cloud storage

Display: 5” HD (1280×720, 16:9) IPS LCD, 294 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements

Primary Camera: 8 MP AF (3280×2464), f/2.2, 28 mm, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia Camera

Secondary Camera: HD 1 MP wide angle, f/2.4, 720p video

Connectivity: BT 4.0, microUSB 2.0, Micro SIM, A-GPS+GLONASS, BeiDou, DLNA, Screen cloning with Miracast, WLAN 802.11 b/g/n/

Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor

Audio: 3.5 mm AV connector (AHJ), FM Radio, Internet Radio

Battery: 2500 mAh (BV-T5C) removable battery

As you would expect, the only real change between the three variants it the Networks information.  On the Lumia 640 LTE Single SIM it will support

  • LTE: 1, 3, 7, 8, 20 (2100, 1800, 2600, 900, 800) MHz
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: 850/900/2100 MHz

While on the Lumia 640 LTE Dual SIM the coverage is really impressive:

  • LTE: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 20, 28 (2100, 1900, 1800 1700/2100, 850, 2600, 900, 700, 800, 700) MHz
  • TD-LTE: 38, 40 (2570-2620, 2300-2400) MHz
  • GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz, WCDMA: 850/900/1900/2100 and 1700/2100 MHz

While certainly not a high-end flagship phone, the Lumia 640 does represent a nice step up from the Lumia 635.

What do you think of the Lumia 640?  Leave a comment or Tweet me up and let me know.  Personally, I’m pretty pleased with what I’m seeing here.