Microsoft is getting where the wind is blowing among smartphones.
We are really tempted to say Finally! but we won’t because we love what Microsoft has been doing of late (Holo Lens, Surface, Xbox One… See?). The market is leaning towards larger phones at affordable prices and Microsoft is ready to bring the fight to the competition with the newly launched Lumia 640 and 640 XL.
square in the mid-range
Both the phones were first introduced at the Mobile World Congress earlier in the year and we were impressed right from the get-go. The 640 and the XL come armed with Windows Phone 8.1 and will be upgradable to Windows 10 when it comes out later this year. Both the phones chug on 1GB of RAM and 1.2GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The specs are nothing to write home about but the specs were never the point with these 2 phones. MWC Barcelona saw a lot of heavy weights but few gave this much bang for your buck. The Lumia 640 gives you a 5in HD IPS display, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and the latest Windows Phone OS at ₹11,999.
If you need an even bigger screen, Microsoft has got you covered as well. For a price of ₹15,799, the Lumia 640 XL offers a 5.7in HD IPS display and a beefier 3000mAh battery. The XL also boasts of a 13MP/5MP camera set with the rear camera packing Zeiss optics.
Did we mention both the phones are Dual-Sim? Oh and Microsoft is going the extra mile in India with a couple of super sweet deals on these 2 babies- A 12 month Office 365 subscription which includes a massive 1 Terabyte of OneDrive storage. With this, you can access Office365 across 1 PC or Mac, 1 tablet and 1 smartphone. Microsoft has also partnered with Mobikwik and Ola cabs to facilitate a host of discounts and cashbacks.
Starting from 7th April, the Lumia 640 XL will be available across channels at ₹15,799 but interestingly, the cheaper Lumia 640 at ₹11,999 would be available only through Flipkart. Microsoft is clearly thinking along the lines of Motorola and Xiaomi. Keep em coming. We love smartphone wars.