Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE

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Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Introduction

Microsoft Lumia XL is actually a super-sized version of the Lumia 640. It has a large Note 4-rivalling 5.7-inch display, more megapixels and a bigger battery to play with than the smaller 640. Elsewhere, it’s a lot of the same. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 Denim, comes with 4G and features the loudest look you’ll find on any smartphone right now.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Design

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE design

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL sits on the chunky side of things in plan terms. Measuring 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm and weighing 171g, this is a big lump of the phone. Its design is directly recognisable as a Lumia, with an interesting plastic back and black front. The 640 XL is a big phone. If people don’t see it when you pull it out of your pocket, then they’ll most certainly spot it if you go for the model.

The look is standard Lumia 640 XL low to midrange, with a rubbery plastic back, clean lines and a solid feel in the hand. The mobile phone’s headphone jack is up top, the micro USB connector is at the bottom and a volume rocker and power button are on the right side. There’s a suggested ring or hump around the rear camera, but surprisingly it doesn’t make the phone wobble when placed on a table. The build plastic ensures that the lens cover doesn’t touch the table.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Display

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE display

Lumia 640 XL has a 5.7″ display with outdoor visibility enhancements and Gorilla Glass 3. the display’s colors and contrast are good and unless you’ve eagle-eyed vision, you probably won’t see individual pixels or jaggies. Simply put, the display really looks pretty good, and it’s not grainy or budget looking.

The viewing angles are pretty good and there’s lots of brightness to cut through reflections. If you wear polarised sunglasses, however, you might be bother that it blacks out in the landscape – not great for taking photos. Overall though, this is a nice (big) display for an affordable device at this size.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Software

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE software

The 640 XL is running the same version of Windows Phone 8.1 as the 5-inch display 640, with all the same benefits and disadvantages. It’s also packing the exact same processor and memory, with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 and 1GB of RAM. This minor update is only available for selected phones and combines a better list of settings and the option to pin settings on the screen. Beyond that, there are small changes like .mkv video support.

Apart from that, the Lumia 640 XL has the usual Windows Phone interface that can be customized broadly and looks clearly arranged. The three small adjacent tiles on the large display didn’t annoy us as a lot as on the smaller Lumia 640. However, the home display is still too busy, but that can be changed quickly.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Performance

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE performance

Microsoft XL offers a smooth experience when it comes to basic use and, while that processor is not going to set any speed records, the only time it’s noticeably slow is when the phone is a booting up. It takes almost 25 seconds from pressing the power button to when you can start using your Lumia.

As someone who’s been analyzing Windows-based phones for a few years now, I will say that the Windows App Store has vastly improved from its days of matching a Wild West town, with searches for apps either offering tumbleweeds blowing in the wind or an collection of unpleasant options that didn’t quite look right.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Camera

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE camera

When you jump up from the 640 to the XL, you get a 13-megapixel main sensor with an LED flash and 5-megapixel front-facing camera to fit more into those selfies.  The front camera moves up to 5MP resolution, and it can shoot a 1080p video, which results in sharper Skype video chats. 1080p video is detailed and sometimes a bit over-sharpened, and the audio recording quality is impressive.

The rear 13MP camera has a Zeiss lens, BSI sensor, HDR and it too can shoot 1080p video @30 fps. It would not beat the breathe off the Lumia Icon, LG G4 or Samsung Galaxy S6 cameras, but for the price, it’s a solid camera with loads of software features like Lumia Lenses and the capable Lumia 5 camera app. There are different goodies like the background defocus app though I find that one a bit heavy handed– backgrounds are excessively blurred, which looks artificial.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Battery

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL LTE battery

Lumia 640 XL has an ample 3,000 mAh battery that’s removable should you want to swap in a spare. Given the relatively low resolution and midrange CPU, battery life is simply heavenly for a big phone. We could not kill it in a full day of use, and it generally lasted two days on a charge. Of course, if you play Modern Combat 5 or Real Racing 3 for hours, you’ll drain the battery sooner–we’re talking average use that includes email, net, taking photos, social networking, a few calls and streaming a 30 minute video.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL- Verdict

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is a very likeable and strong phone at a reasonable price. If you’re in the market for a large screen phone on a budget and are a fan of Windows Phone or are hankering to try that OS, it’s a great introduction to the platform.

The performance isn’t the strongest that Windows Phone has to offer, so there’s some weakness in places, and the connection seemed a little weak, but that’s offset by battery life that’s almost unbeatable: the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is a monster when it comes to endurance.

The only things left to be desired are maybe a Full HD screen, and also stiffer casing, a better color copy from the cameras, longer battery runtimes, and a bit more energy.

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