Microsoft yesterday introduced Lumia 640XL Max in India, for 15,799 INR. This lies on the pricier side but in a price sensitive Indian market, where specs do matter a lot. Lumia 640XL continues Microsoft’s experiments with large display phablets and is an improvement over Lumia 1320 with a new slimmer and more manageable design. Let’s take a look at the hardware.

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Camera and Internal Storage

Camera hardware and software is perhaps the most enticing part of Lumia 640XL. Th ephone features a 13 MP rear camera with a large 1/3 Inch sensor and wide f 2.0 aperture high end Zeiss lens on top. In our initial testing the camera performance was very good in day light and even in low light. You can also record good quality 1080p videos.

Even more interesting is the camera software. There are numerous apps like Lumia Selfie, Cinemagraph, etc. for camera fun on Windows 8.1. The front 5 MP selfie camera with a wide angle lens will also appeal to selfie junkies.

Internal storage is 8GB and there is option for 128 GB MicroSD card storage to keep everyone happy. Apps can be moved to SD card as well.

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Processor and Battery

Lumia 640XL is using 1.2 Snapdragon 400 quad core processor (Moto G) with 1 GB RAM, which might seem unacceptable by Android standards in the price segment, but is good enough to drive Windows Phone OS. In our initial usage, switching between apps, browsing and even high end gaming has been smooth.

The 3000 mAh battery is removable and offers impressive battery backup. Microsoft claims 936 hours of Maximum 3G Standby time and 23 Hours 40 minutes of talk time.

Display and Other Features

The 5.7 Inch display has 720p HD resolution amounting to 259 pixels per inches. There is no pixilation, but lack of full HD sharpness will be noticeable if you are accustomed to ppi busting displays. Lumia 640XL display is characterized with great colors and deep blacks. On the whole it’s a good quality display, protected by Gorilla Glass 3.

Lumia 640XL is running latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS and will receive Windows 10 update too. Other features include 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and NFC. Lack of 4G LTE might be hard to digest for some users.

Comparison

Lumia 640XL will compete with Windows Phone devices like Lumia 1320, Lumia 640, Lumia 730 and Lumia 925 in India.

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Key Specs

Model Microsoft Lumia 640 XL
Display 5.7 Inch HD
Processor 1.2 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable
OS Windows Phone 8.1
Camera 13 MP/ 8 MP
Battery 3000 mAh
Price 15,799 INR

What We Like

  • Camera and Camera software
  • Great battery
  • Windows 10 update approved

What we don’t like

  • Not an aggressive price
  • Only 8 GB internal storage

Conclusion

Microsoft Lumia 640XL is a great phablet for Windows Phone users. It looks good, has slim design, massive battery backup and smooth day to day performance. The selling price sounds a little expensive, but that should be fixed after a few price cuts.

Lumia 640 XL India Review, New Features, Camera, Gaming, Benchmarks and Overview [Video]

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