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Microsoft Unveils Midrange Lumia 640, 640 XL, No Flagship Model Till End of Year

The smartphone announcements continue at MWC.


After jumping the gun yesterday, Microsoft officially introduced its latest Windows Phone devices, the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, at a press event in Barcelona on Monday.

The midrange Lumia 640 features a five-inch, 720p touchscreen, a rear eight-megapixel camera and front-facing one-megapixel camera. Meanwhile, the Lumia 640 XL offers a larger 5.7-inch, 720p touchscreen and has a 13-megapixel main camera and front-facing five-megapixel camera.

 Lumia 640
Lumia 640

Both are powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor and have eight gigabytes of onboard storage (with a microSD card slot) and 1GB of RAM.

They’ll ship running Windows Phone 8.1 with a one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, and will be upgradeable to Windows 10 when the new operating system is launched later this year.

Those looking for a more high-end model will have to cool their jets. Microsoft said it is waiting till the second half of the year to launch a flagship device in order to give Windows 10 some time to mature.

The Lumia 640 XL will be available starting in March for around $155 unlocked for the 3G model and $177 for the 4G LTE version. The Lumia 640 will launch a month later and cost around $211 (3G) and $244 (LTE). So far, T-Mobile and MetroPCS have announced that it will carry the Lumia 640 this spring. AT&T will also offer the Lumia 640 and will be the initial exclusive partner for the Lumia 640 XL. Pricing details are expected closer to launch.

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