- poor quality front camera
- 128 GB expandable
- Upgradable to v10 (Windows)
- Decent battery life
The Microsoft Lumia 640 has caught the attention of buyers with its compact size, formidable set of features and low price tag. A key USP of the Lumia 640 is its ability to support Microsoft's mobile apps and productivity tools. The inclusion of a 12-month free subscription to Microsoft 365 Personal is a welcome bonus as well.
The overall build quality of the Microsoft Lumia 640 is excellent, with the entire phone covered in smooth plastic and Gorilla Glass 3. The ergonomic design makes the phone easy to grip and use one-handed. A bump in size to a 5-inch screen and a translucent plastic back give the phone a fresh look. On the whole, the Lumia 640 doesn't stray too far in looks from its Lumia brethren.
The Lumia 640 flaunts a 5-inch IPS LCD screen that supports a high-definition resolution of 720 x 1280 (294ppi). The quality of the screen is high and can be compared to phones that are over twice the price of the Microsoft Lumia 640. The screen reproduces colors accurately so you can view your pictures and videos with aplomb. The only drawback is the tendency of the screen to be on the dark side under bright sunlight.
On the inside, the Lumia 640 has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM, a common standard amongst all budget phones under Rs. 10000. This means that your basic functions work like a breeze, with the odd case of minor lag. The Lumia can also handle 3D games well; however, you do not get the smooth graphics processing you see in phones with higher specifications. The meagre 8 GB internal memory can be expanded to a whopping 128 GB using a microSD card.
The Microsoft Lumia's greatest strength is its 8 MP primary camera that is equipped to take really good pictures. The Lumia camera app is packed with many useful features that users can actually use to make their pictures come out better. Rich Capture combines multiple shots to create dynamic images that can be altered after being captured. This is especially useful when trying to take pictures with flash in low light conditions. However, there is no stabilization in low light images, resulting in shaky and unfocussed images. To sum it up, the Lumia 640 is a good all-round camera phone that captures a fair amount of detail and dynamic range.
Over all, the Microsoft Lumia is a great buy for budget buyers that are looking for a good camera phone with a sturdy build and impressive features. The bundled subscription to Microsoft services is a bargain that many shouldn't miss out on.
|Spec||Microsoft Lumia 640|
|CPU||Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.2GHz Quad Core processor|
|Screen Size||5 inches|
|Display||720x1280 pixels (~294 ppi)|
|Operating System||Windows Phone 8.1, Upgradable to v10 (Windows)|
|Primary Camera||8 MP rear camera with LED Flash|
|Secondary Camera||0.9 MP front camera|
|Internal Storage||8 GB|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 128 GB|
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