Microsoft Announces the Lumia 640XL

In addition to the Lumia 640 announced today at Mobile World Congress, Microsoft also announced their new Phablet device, the Lumia 640XL.  The 5.7″ device is a replacement for the now quite dated Lumia 1320 (my personal phone of choice) and it is a significant bump up in specifications over the 1320.  Like the Lumia 640, there will be multiple variants of the Lumia 640XL:  Single and Dual SIM 3G models as well as Single and Dual SIM LTE Models.  It is expected to retail for around $245 for the Dual SIM LTE model which is a very attractive price point for what this device has to offer.

The Lumia 640XL will be powered by the Snapdragon 400 Quad-Core processor running at 1.2GHz and will sport 1GB of RAM.  It will have 8GB of internal storage with expansion up to an additional 128GB with a MicroSD card.  It has a 5.7″ IPS display running at 1280×720 with Glance screen and sunlight readability enhancements for when you are outside.  The rear camera is probably the single biggest improvement over the Lumia 1320.  The 1320 has a 5MP camera while the 640XL will have a 13MP camera.  That rear camera can also shoot 1080p video and has a flash.  The front facing camera is a 5MP wide angle fixed focus.  It will also have SensorCore which is something the Lumia 1320 does not have either.

Another interesting change is that the Lumia 640XL will have a user replaceable 3000 mAh battery, something you cannot do on the Lumia 1320.

Here are the specifications of the Lumia 640XL 3G Single SIM

Lumia 640XL
Lumia 640XL

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 (MSM8226), 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: 5.7” HD, (1280×720, 16:9) IPS, 259 PPI, Glance screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3, Sunlight readability enhancements

Primary Camera: 13 MP AF, 1080p @ 30 fps video (continuous autofocus), Flash: LED, Lumia Camera

Secondary Camera: 5MP wide angle, Fixed Focus,

1080p video

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

Sensors: Accelerometer, Magnetometer, Proximity, Ambient Light Sensor, SensorCore

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

Internet Radio

Battery: 3000 mAh (BV-T4B) removable battery

Like the Lumia 640, the Lumia 640XL specifications are the same throughout the variants with the exception of the networks supported.  The 3G models both support the same networks so there is no change there to be seen.

On the Lumia 640XL Single SIM LTE model you have the following network 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

The Lumia 640XL Dual SIM LTE gives you the following network support:

  • 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

The Lumia 640XL will make it to the US market with AT&T, T-Mobile and MetroPCS and should be arriving later this month.