Microsoft’s next two phones are big, mid-range, and ready for Windows 10

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Nokia’s name may be gone from the Lumia mobiles, but its style is sticking around, and so is the focus on mid-range mobiles, with two more on the way from the big M — Microsoft, that is.

Over at Mobile World Congress in Spain, Microsoft is talking up two products designed to have easier naming conventions than the typical Lumia phone, with very similar specs between them, and a single size added to point out that one is big and the other is, well, bigger.

These two phones are the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, handsets that will pack in a high definition (HD) display, 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 8GB storage with a microSD slot to expand this, and Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, though both will support Windows 10 when it arrives later this year alongside its desktop counterpart.

Microsoft's 5 inch Lumia 640
Microsoft’s 5 inch Lumia 640

Aside for the moniker, there will be some slight differences, with the regular Lumia 640 supporting a 5 inch HD screen, 2500mAh battery, and a camera combination of 8 megapixels on the back and 1 megapixel up front, a set of specs which should result in a solid day of use, possibly a little more.

If, however, you like your phones a little bigger, Microsoft will also have the 640 XL, a change which will bring with a bigger screen, bigger battery, and two cameras with bigger megapixels packed in.

The slightly bigger 5.7 inch Microsoft Lumia 640 XL.
The slightly bigger 5.7 inch Microsoft Lumia 640 XL.

As such, expect the 640 XL to use a 5.7 inch display, 3000mAh battery, and a combination of 13 megapixel camera on the back, while a 5 megapixel sits up front.

Both are 4G, however, as far as we’ve heard, and there’s even a possibility we’ll see a dual 4G variant in this country, especially as that becomes a thing from other mobile makers.


Pricing in Australia isn’t known yet, but we have heard both are being eyed at for release, so as soon as we know anything, we will, as usual, let you know, too.