This month, Microsoft took the wraps off two new devices in the Lumia stable. The Microsoft Lumia 535 and Lumia 640 XL are designed for those looking for a high-quality smartphone experience without the need to check in with the bank manager first.
The $179 Lumia 535 features a 5” IPS LCD display (960 x 540) and ships in a range of colours, including bright blue, green and orange alongside matte grey, black and white. It’s 5MP main camera is reasonably humble but is good enough for quick shots when you’re out and about. It’s accompanied with a wide angle 5MP front facing camera for selfie-lovers and Skype users.
A quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 has been chosen by Microsoft to power the Lumia 535, which includes 8GB of storage and is expandable up to 128GB with a microSD card. As it’s a new Microsoft phone, 30GB of free OneDrive cloud storage is also bundled to hold photos, documents and videos.
Meanwhile, the $339 Lumia 640 XL offers a more powerful specification. With up to 24 hours talk time, the new device has a high-definiton 5.7″ (1280 x 720) IPS LCD display, with a 13MP ZEISS optics main camera and front 5MP wide angle snapper with a bright LED flash. Both cameras are able to shoot 1080p video.
Powered by the quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, the Lumia 640 XL includes the same 8 GB storage as its little brother, and is also expandable to 128 GB. It comes preinstalled with the Office suite so you can easily access, edit and share Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on the road. It’s shipping in white here in Canada with additional options available globally.
Both devices ship with Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim and will be upgradable to Windows 10 Mobile when released later in the year.
You can pick up the Lumia 535 and Lumia 640 unlocked from the Microsoft Store. We’ll be getting hands on with the larger Lumia 640 XL very soon. Stay tuned for a full review.