Lumia 640 XL LTE

The Good The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE has a bright 5.7-inch screen, works on LTE networks, and has an impressive rear camera and long-lasting battery life.

The Bad The 720p resolution makes for a lower pixel density than you may want. The processor is a little under-specced for power-users, and the plastic casing can't match the premium feel of some phones.

The Bottom Line It's no flagship, but the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE offers a solid big-screen experience at a budget price point that's hard to beat.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Camera 8.0
  • Battery 7.0
7.6 Overall

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Review

Big-screen features for a small-screen price

If you're after a budget smartphone, then the biggest compromise you'll probably have to make is on the camera -- it's just not cost-effective to get the required lens in a cheaper phone. Luckily, Microsoft has found a way to put a quality camera in its newest big-screen phone without sticking on a big price mark-up.

Microsoft Devices' Lumia 640 XL LTE is the souped-up version of the company's 5-inch Lumia 640. The XL ups the screen size to 5.7-inches and adds 4G connectivity, while popping a significantly bigger 13-megapixel camera on the rear, a 5-megapixel one on the front and a 3,000mAh battery inside. Even better, it does all this while maintaining a respectably low price: just $240, £219 in the UK and AU$399 in Australia.

My colleague Andrew Hoyle was quite effusive about the smaller Lumia 640 , calling it "everything you'd hope for from a budget phone." But, bearing in mind the XL has the exact same processor, storage and RAM as the smaller model, are these additions worth the extra cost?

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $249
  • Brand Microsoft
  • Service Provider not specified
  • Diagonal Size 5.7 in
  • Weight 6.03 oz
  • Sensors Accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, magnetometer
  • Technology WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
  • Additional Features DLNA Certified, Kid's Corner, Lumia Color profile, Noise Cancellation Technology, Power Saving Mode, SensorCore technology, TTY compatible, Text-to-Speech (text recognition), Word Flow keyboard, sharing media via DLNA
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