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Microsoft Lumia 640: Hands on and First impressions

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Microsoft has just launched the Lumia 640 in India along with its bigger sibling, the Lumia 640 XL. We were invited at the launch event and got some time to play with the devices. So, here’s our hands on and first impressions of the Microsoft Lumia 640.

Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL 2
Microsoft Lumia 640 with the 640 XL

The Microsoft Lumia 640 is priced at Rs. 11,999 and it competes with a lot of great devices at that price. Check out the full specs of the device below:

Microsoft Lumia 640 Specs:

  • 5-inch IPS LCD display
  • HD (1280x720p) resolution
  • 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 8 GB internal storage
  • microSD expansion up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP rear camera with flash
  • 1 MP front-facing camera
  • 2500 mAh battery
  • Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim

The Microsoft Lumia 640 comes in glossy cyan, orange and white as well as matte black. We got the glossy white version to play it and while I am personally not a fan of the glossy build, there are people who love it.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 1

 The front of the device features the Microsoft logo, 1 MP front facing camera and the usual sensors on the top. There are on buttons on the front, as it uses the on-screen buttons. There’s a 5-inch IPS display of HD (1280x720p) resolution. We found the display pretty decent in our short use. There’s a Gorilla Glass 3 screen, so you don’t have to worry about scratches.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 2

The back features an 8 MP autofocus camera with an LED flash along with Microsoft logo in between. As we mentioned, the white version is glossy and it looks pretty good. The black Microsoft logo makes good contrast on the white back of the device.

We took a few shots from the 8 MP camera and the pictures were okay but since the place wasn’t very well lit, the pictures underwhelmed. The front facing camera was pretty disappointing, which is expected from a 1 MP unit..

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 4

The left side of the device is bland, similar to other Lumias. The right side is pretty busy with the power/lock button and the volume rockers.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 3

The top of the Lumia 640 features just a 3.5 mm headphone jack, while the bottom features the microUSB port.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 6

Microsoft Lumia 640 Hands on 5

From the short time we played with the device, the performance was admirable, as with every other Windows Phone. It’s powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB RAM and the user experience was pretty smooth. The Lumia 640 comes with Windows Phone 8.1 and Lumia Denim, which means you get the Live Folders and more.

The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a decent device for the price but with a barrage of Androids competing against it, it’s going to be tough. We are slightly sceptic about the camera but we will check out properly when we work on the full review. Till then, share your thoughts on the Lumia 640.

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