Microsoft has launched a new phablet – Lumia 640 XL in the Indian market. The phone was announced at MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. It is a mid range smartphone and features a 5.7 inch HD display. According to Microsoft it is a perfect mid range device for both Work and Play. So, is it worth buying? Read on to find out.
Design & Build Quality
Lumia devices have always been known for the build quality and Lumia 640 XL is no exception. The device has great build quality and design. It measures 157.9 x 81.5 x 9 mm and weighs around 171 grams. The front of the device is dominated by a 5.7 inch HD display.
Above the display you have a 5 megapixel front facing camera along with an earpiece, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor and Microsoft Branding.
Below the display you don’t have any physical touch buttons as the company have provided on-screen controls in Lumia 640 XL. Users can simply swipe up from the bottom in order to hide/display the controls.
Power/lock key and volume rocker is present on the right side of the device and you don’t have any buttons/slots on the other side. The keys are easy to reach and offer a good tactile feedback.
The phone comes with a micro USB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack located at the bottom and top of the device respectively.
You will find a 13 megapixel camera along with LED flash and speaker grill at the back. It comes with a removable back cover made out of polycarbonate which wraps around the phone panel.
Once you open the back cover, you will find a microSD card slot along with two micro SIM card slots and a 3,000 mAh battery. The device is available in 4 color options – Black, White, Cyan and Orange.
As expected, Lumia 640 XL is a solid and durable device. It does not feel like a cheap plastic device with squeaky body. We are really impressed with the build quality. Some users might find the device to be bit large and bulky but then this is a phablet meant for the users looking for a huge display.
Lumia 640 XL comes with a 5.7 inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display which has a resolution of 1280×720 pixels and pixel density of 259ppi. It comes with a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection and it does not get scratched easily. We did a small scratch test on the display and to find out whether the display survives the test, watch the video below :
It is a HD display and yet it offers sharp and crisp text and graphics. The display has good viewing angles with decent brightness and outdoor readability. It supports upto 10 touch points and we did not face any issues with the touch response.
Hardware & Performance
The phone is powered by a 1.2 Ghz quad core snapdragon 400 processor along with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 305 GPU. It comes with 8GB of internal storage which can be expanded by using a micro SD card of upto 128 GB.
Though the specifications are not very impressive but you should not forget that Windows Phone OS works pretty well with limited resources. The UI and overall performance of the device is quite smooth and we did not face any lag while navigating through the interface or while launching the applications or doing multitasking.
To compare the performance with other Windows Devices we ran few benchmark tests on the device and you can watch the video below to know the scores.
Just remember that don’t compare these benchmark scores directly with Android/iOS benchmark results as they are different platforms. We were even able to play high end graphic games like Asphalt 8 on the device without any issues.
Talking about the video playback, the device easily plays HD videos and most of the video formats. It is a dual SIM device and supports 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and NFC.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL runs on Windows Phone 8.1 update 2 out of the box which includes all Lumia denim update features along with some additional features. Update 2 include new features like in-app search in settings and ability to pin frequently used settings on Home Screen.
The phone comes pre-loaded with tons of apps including Lumia camera apps, Mobikwik, Olacabs, Makemytrip, FoodPanda and Bookmyshow. Thankfully, you can uninstall most of the apps which you don’t need.
Users can now also manage various app permissions and control which applications can access calendar, Camera, Contacts , Messages and Microphone. Windows Store now contains almost all the Major apps which are present on Android platform but the interface of the apps is not as good as the Apps present on other platforms.
Apps like Email, Microsoft Office, Lumia Camera, Here maps, One Note, Skype etc are the real strengths of the Windows Phone OS. Best part is that Lumia 640 Xl will get the Windows 10 upgrade which is a great advantage for the users.
The phone comes with a 13 megapixel (Carl Zeiss optics) back camera with LED flash. It has the latest Lumia Camera version 5 app which comes with some useful options like living images and Rich mode. Here is a detailed Lumia 640 XL camera review:
Overall, the quality of captured images is pretty impressive. The day light and macro shot images are sharp and contains lot of details. The low light images are not very impressive unless you take the photos in HDR mode with flash on.
The device comes with a 5 megapixel front facing camera which can record 1080p videos. The camera captures good quality selfies which can be further enhanced using the Lumia selfie lens.
Lumia 640 XL comes with a 3,000 mAh removable battery. The battery easily lasts for a day and a half with moderate usage. Even with heavy usage it lasted for an entire day which is pretty impressive for a device with 5.7 inch display.
Lumia 640 XL is available in India for Rs 15,799. The phone comes with a great design, solid build quality, productive Lumia apps, good camera and impressive battery life. Currently, it is the best mid range Windows Smartphone available in the market but faces a tough competition from Android Phablets with same or better specs, available at a lower price tag.
This device is best suited for business users who are looking forward to buy a big screen device with easy document (word files, excels and PPT’s) management, long lasting battery and good camera.
- Solid Build Quality
- Good Camera
- Impressive battery life
- Price is on the higher side