Specs summary

Screen
5.7"

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL's screen is 5.7 inches with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.2 GHz

There is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 operating system (OS).

Camera
13+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 13+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 5+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8 GB

Internal memory is 8 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
3000mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 3000 mAh battery. Microsoft's performance ratings are 39 days standby time, 1878 minutes (2G), 1422 minutes (3G).


Reviews summary

7.4/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 21 reviews

What's good

  • Excellent camera quality
  • Vibrant colors and deep blacks
  • Smooth processor performance
  • Long battery life

What's bad

  • Only 8GB of internal storage
  • Reflective display in bright light

Since Microsoft's purchase of Nokia in 2013, they have been busy cranking out colorful smartphones that just so happen to be on the lower end of the cost spectrum. The Lumia 640 XL is the bigger brother to the Lumia 640. As the XL in its name suggests, the Lumia 640 XL is large measuring in at 6.2 inches x 3.2 x 0.4 inches though it only weights 171 grams. Despite its large size, reviewers found the 640 XL comfortable to hold though it did require two handed operation. In keeping with the rest of the Lumia lineup, the 640 XL comes in five different color options: while gloss, white matte, cyan, orange and black. Besides the bright color options, not much stood out to experts. In fact, Stuff.tv describes it as "inoffensively generic" while others add it feels like a budget phone. Still, they were impressed with its solid workmanship.

The reason for the 640 XL's large size is due to the 5.7-inch, 720p IPS display. While it isn't full HD, the 259ppi pixel density was sharp enough that critics needed to look very closely to see individual pixels or anti-aliasing effects. More importantly, they found the screen offered excellent brightness, great viewing angles and good color accuracy. As well, they add the ClearBlack technology offers excellent contrasts and deep blacks. It also comes with an ambient light sensor that adjusts the brightness based on your lighting situation. Protecting the screen is a layer of Gorilla Glass 3. While this does help prevent scratches, reviewers also note it is highly reflective especially in bright light situations.

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To keep the phone humming along smoothly, Microsoft has opted for a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400. While not the latest processor in its class, it is a step up from other competing budget smartphones. Paired with 1GB of RAM, the 640 XL performed well enough for most reviewers. They navigated smoothly throughout the interface with no hiccups or lag. With that said, they did notice some stuttering when multi-tasking. Overall, however, their experience was very smooth even when they fired up processor intensive games. Unfortunately, it does only come equipped with 8GB of internal storage though it has a microSD slot that accepts up to 128GB. Behind the removable back cover is the 3,000mAh replaceable battery, though reviewers don't think you'll need to swap it out that often. They were able to get 9 hours of heavy use from it though they still did need to charge it nightly.

The 640 XL comes with a 13MP rear camera. While not the best shooter on the market, reviewers were able to take decent shots in good lighting situations though Tech Radar noticed they were "a little under-saturated and noisy when you get right down to the details." Low light pictures managed to impress reviewers thanks to the integrated LED flash. While it might not be able to hold a candle to the iPhone 6 picture quality, when they compared it to similarly priced Android smartphones the 640 XL camera offered much better pictures and customization options.

While not a perfect phone, reviewers think the 640 XL is worth a look. V3 states, "…it ticks all the necessary boxes for a solid business phablet…" Neowin adds, "…the Lumia 640 XL is very, very good indeed."


Reviews (7.4/10 Avg. rating)


N4BB

Fast, functional phablet on a budget

from N4BB

Microsoft has packed an impressive amount into this entry level phablet. It doesn’t stack up well against powerhouses like the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or iPhone 6S Plus on paper, but it also comes in at more than half the cost. If you’re looking for a well performing phablet on a budget, Lumi...More

Microsoft has packed an impressive amount into this entry level phablet. It doesn’t stack up well against powerhouses like the Galaxy S6 Edge+ or iPhone 6S Plus on paper, but it also comes in at more than half the cost. If you’re looking for a well performing phablet on a budget, Lumia 640 XL delivers a great deal of value. Battery life alone is worth the price of admission.

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GottaBeMobile

It’s a perfectly competent first or even second smartphone

from GottaBeMobile

Microsoft dropped some extras with the Lumia 640 XL LTE. In particular, I’m not thrilled with the lack of a physical camera button. Forcing users to buy a separate cover to get wireless charging isn’t awesome either. Both complaints are the result of owning a Lumia before.

The Lumia 640 XL LTE is a terrific phone otherwise, and a serious bargain at $249.99 without a two-year contract. It feels great in the hand and the screen is spacious and gorgeous. Pictures and video are decent enough too....

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Microsoft dropped some extras with the Lumia 640 XL LTE. In particular, I’m not thrilled with the lack of a physical camera button. Forcing users to buy a separate cover to get wireless charging isn’t awesome either. Both complaints are the result of owning a Lumia before.

The Lumia 640 XL LTE is a terrific phone otherwise, and a serious bargain at $249.99 without a two-year contract. It feels great in the hand and the screen is spacious and gorgeous. Pictures and video are decent enough too.

I absolutely recommend this phone to anyone. Check to see if the Windows Phone Store has the apps you care about, then buy this thing. It’s a perfectly competent first or even second smartphone.

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Pocketnow

Should be priced at under $200 to really be competitive

from Pocketnow

The Lumia 640 XL has a great set of features for its $249 price tag. It’s disappointing that the battery cover could get bent out of shape so easily though, and it’s also disappointing that there is no Qi wireless charging capable battery cover available at this time. You’ll als...More

The Lumia 640 XL has a great set of features for its $249 price tag. It’s disappointing that the battery cover could get bent out of shape so easily though, and it’s also disappointing that there is no Qi wireless charging capable battery cover available at this time. You’ll also want to get a MicroSD card since it only has 8Gb of storage. Personally, if you’re in the market for a Windows Phone 8.1 phablet, the Lumia 1520 can still be found new for less than $300. That phone has a better camera, better glance mode, wireless charging options, more storage, better flash, RAW support, and much higher processing speed. On the other hand, the Lumia 640 XL will be one of the first phones to get the Windows 10 Mobile upgrade though it doesn’t have the hardware to take advantage of the crazy new Continuum feature that will let you plug in a large screen monitor and use universal apps like they were in a Windows 10 desktop. If you want a Windows Phone that’s new and inexpensive and will be one of the first to be upgraded to Windows 10 Mobile, the regular Lumia 640 is a better deal for $79 on AT&T. I’d say the Lumia 640 XL should be priced at under $200 to really be competitive, but if you can’t be bothered to search for an old Lumia 1520 on the internet and would rather walk into a local Microsoft or AT&T store and pick up the latest Windows Phone phablet, then the Lumia 640 XL should do just fine.

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Tom's Guide

A solid Windows phone

from Tom's Guide

Anyone who likes Windows Phone and has been dying for a huge canvas with which to use it will like the Lumia 640 XL. Its 5.7-inch display shows off the Live Tile interface of Microsoft's mobile operating system well, and makes it easier to do things like type messages and notes, as well as watch...More

Anyone who likes Windows Phone and has been dying for a huge canvas with which to use it will like the Lumia 640 XL. Its 5.7-inch display shows off the Live Tile interface of Microsoft's mobile operating system well, and makes it easier to do things like type messages and notes, as well as watch videos and view photos. The biggest drawback is its below-average battery life. If you want a smartphone that lasts all day and provides better overall performance, we'd recommend the $249 OneTouch Idol 3. But the Lumia 640 XL is a solid phablet for Windows Phone enthusiasts.

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Phone Scoop

An inexpensive phablet that runs Windows Phone

from Phone Scoop

The Lumia 640 XL is, by and large, a great phone. It's attractive, well-made, and performs well for a $250 handset. I wish the screen had more pixels and I wish call quality was a bit better, but these aren’t deal-breakers. Windows Phone runs perfectly on the 640 XL, and Microsoft's core apps are quite good if you need to pair the 640 XL with your work environment. The camera does a great job, (as is often the case on Lumia handsets.)...

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The Lumia 640 XL is, by and large, a great phone. It's attractive, well-made, and performs well for a $250 handset. I wish the screen had more pixels and I wish call quality was a bit better, but these aren’t deal-breakers. Windows Phone runs perfectly on the 640 XL, and Microsoft's core apps are quite good if you need to pair the 640 XL with your work environment. The camera does a great job, (as is often the case on Lumia handsets.)

If you're in the market for a Windows phablet, the Lumia 640 XL is "extra likeable" and I recommend it. If you want something a bit more compact, the 640, available from Cricket or GoPhone, might be a better option. 

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PhoneArena

Refreshing balance of value and performance.

from PhoneArena

Windows Phones in general are in short supply, which means that we’re more accepting of phablet-sized ones even more, especially when they’re even rarer to find in the wild. Far from being a specs beast meant to tackle on the big names in space, the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL carries a refreshing balance of value and performance....

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Windows Phones in general are in short supply, which means that we’re more accepting of phablet-sized ones even more, especially when they’re even rarer to find in the wild. Far from being a specs beast meant to tackle on the big names in space, the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL carries a refreshing balance of value and performance.

On the pricing front, it’s being sold through AT&T here in the US for $0.99 with a 2-year contract. As an alternative, you can snag it sans contract by plopping out $249.99 to get it outright. That alone is within the threshold of its comparable rivals, but we like it for the fact that it bears improvements over the Lumia 640 (think the camera and certain aspects of the display) – while also catering to those who simply want a larger sized device to play around with.

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Softpedia

A pretty good device for a mid-ranger

from Softpedia

Lumia 640 XL is a mid-ranger that’s in its essence a perfectly balanced device. It doesn’t impress, but it doesn’t disappoint either. It has a decent price, a decent camera, a decent screen, and a more than decent battery life. It boasts the typical smartphone feature lineup, with all the things that you’d expect to find, and also features a front-facing camera for selfie aficionados out there...

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Lumia 640 XL is a mid-ranger that’s in its essence a perfectly balanced device. It doesn’t impress, but it doesn’t disappoint either. It has a decent price, a decent camera, a decent screen, and a more than decent battery life. It boasts the typical smartphone feature lineup, with all the things that you’d expect to find, and also features a front-facing camera for selfie aficionados out there.

Overall, it’s pretty clear that for a mid-ranger, the Lumia 640 XL is a pretty good device. But for those looking to get more than that, they might have to look somewhere else. And the bad thing is that, for the moment, Microsoft doesn’t seem to provide any better than that, as new flagships are said to arrive later this year. So for the moment, you might have to stick to the (somewhat) old Lumia 1520 if you really want a Windows Phone phablet. 

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Digital Versus

This phablet lives up to its promises

from Digital Versus

The technical specs of the Lumia 640 XL might not seem up to much, but Microsoft clearly knew what it was doing. The phablet runs perfectly and is great for day-to-day use, whatever you need your phone for. Of course, the handset has its faults, but none of these is a real handicap. If you're loo...More

The technical specs of the Lumia 640 XL might not seem up to much, but Microsoft clearly knew what it was doing. The phablet runs perfectly and is great for day-to-day use, whatever you need your phone for. Of course, the handset has its faults, but none of these is a real handicap. If you're looking for a phablet offering great value for money and you don't mind not having the very best screen resolution, the Lumia 640 XL should be high on your list.

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Fone Arena

A better-equipped smartphone

from Fone Arena

Microsoft introduced seven new models in its Lumia 640 series. The best variant among them is the Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM and if you happen to have big hands, then you’ll like handling the phablet. The device is currently available in the market for about INR 15,200. If you are a hard core Lumia fan or using Lumia device for a while, then you’ll like the 640 XL. However, if you are new to Windows Phone ecosystem, then 640 XL leaves much to be desired...

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Microsoft introduced seven new models in its Lumia 640 series. The best variant among them is the Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM and if you happen to have big hands, then you’ll like handling the phablet. The device is currently available in the market for about INR 15,200. If you are a hard core Lumia fan or using Lumia device for a while, then you’ll like the 640 XL. However, if you are new to Windows Phone ecosystem, then 640 XL leaves much to be desired.

The build quality of the Lumia 640 XL is great and we suggest you to pick a matte finish model over the glossy finish as they are slippery. The display is bright and the sunlight legibility is good. Lumia 640 XL has a very capable camera and it offers decent quality images. The video recording is also satisfactory. The Windows Phone 8.1 with Denim is snappy and is undoubtedly the best version of WP OS till date. Microsoft has also promised Windows 10 update for the Lumia 640 XL. 

The biggest let down is the processor and if you happen to be a power user, the Lumia 640 XL doesn’t sound like a right choice. We don’t understand why Microsoft picked the Snapdragon 400. Considering the price tag of the device and what it has got to offer, we don’t think Lumia 640 XL offers good value for money. Also, it fails to compete with most of the Android competition out there. 

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Pocket-lint

Budget beauty

from Pocket-lint

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has surprised us. We've been critical of some phones in the past that seemed big with no real advantage to their size. Although larger phones are becoming more common - and the 640 XL is among the largest out there - we're quite taken with this Lumia. The performance isn't the strongest that Windows Phone has to offer, so there's some slowness in places, and the connection seemed a little weak, but that's offset by battery life that's almost unbeatable: the Lumia 640 XL is a monster when it comes to endurance.

Although the display is large, the resolution is on the low side for this scale. That might not affect the day-to-day business of reading emails and keeping up with social media, but it lacks the punch of the best devices out there. You do, however, get a good camera experience. At less than £200, the Lumia 640 XL is a well designed and affordable device that performs pretty well in all areas. It's a great choice if you want to go big and don't want to break the bank....

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The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has surprised us. We've been critical of some phones in the past that seemed big with no real advantage to their size. Although larger phones are becoming more common - and the 640 XL is among the largest out there - we're quite taken with this Lumia. The performance isn't the strongest that Windows Phone has to offer, so there's some slowness in places, and the connection seemed a little weak, but that's offset by battery life that's almost unbeatable: the Lumia 640 XL is a monster when it comes to endurance.

Although the display is large, the resolution is on the low side for this scale. That might not affect the day-to-day business of reading emails and keeping up with social media, but it lacks the punch of the best devices out there. You do, however, get a good camera experience. At less than £200, the Lumia 640 XL is a well designed and affordable device that performs pretty well in all areas. It's a great choice if you want to go big and don't want to break the bank.

 

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Full Specs

Overview
Release date April 29, 2015
Regions available Canada, United Kindom
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/2100 MHz
LTE:
2100/800/900/1800 /2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
SIM card Micro-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System Windows Phone 8.1

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Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 Quad core 1.2 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 0.69 W/kg
Body: 0.4 W/kg
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 3000 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 702 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 858 minutes
3G Surfing Time Unknown
4G Surfing Time Unknown
Talk Time 1878 minutes
3G Talk Time Up to: 1422 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 39 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Cyan, Black, Orange
Dimensions [H x W x D] 15.8 x 8.2 x 0.9 cm (6.2 x 3.2 x 0.4 in)
Weight 171 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels
Pixel density 259 pixels
Size 5.7 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touchscreen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC, microSDXC (up to 128 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support Yes
NFC Yes
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
13+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
4x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, WMA, WAV, AMR-NB
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, PDF, PPT, PPTX, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Also available in a dual-SIM model.
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