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Comparison: Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Comparison: Microsoft Lumia 640 and Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

The “brothers 640” reveal a new trend from Microsoft and show that the Redmond Giant really can walk alone in the busy market for intermediate devices. Let us thoroughly understand the main differencesbetween the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL and see what the company has to offer with these new smartphones .

Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL

In March of 2015, during the Mobile World Congress (MWC) – one of the biggest events in the mobile market – Microsoft introduced the first smartphones to be numbered “40” in their names. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL are products that have come to compete in the segment of intermediate devices and show that Microsoft is able to fight head on with this market.

  • Lumia 640
  • Lumia 640 XL
  • Windows Phone 8.1 ( Lumia Denim Update 2)
  • Operational system
  • Windows Phone 8.1 ( Lumia Denim Update 2)
  • IPS 5-inch LCD (with Gorilla Glass 3 Protection)
  • Screen
  • IPS LCD 5.7 inch (with Gorilla Glass 3 protection)
  • 1280×720 pixels (HD)
  • Resolution
  • 1280×720 pixels (HD)
  • 294 ppi
  • Density of pixels
  • 259 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • Chipset
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core
  • CPU
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core
  • Adreno 305
  • GPU
  • Adreno 305
  • 1GB
  • RAM memory
  • 1GB
  • 8GB
  • Internal storage
  • 8GB
  • Up to 128 GB with micro SD card
  • External storage
  • Up to 128 GB with micro SD card
  • 8 megapixels
  • Back camera
  • 13 megapixels
  • 1 megapixel
  • Frontal camera
  • 5 megapixels
  • 2.500 mAh (removable
  • Drums
  • 3,000 mAh (removable)
  • WiFi (802.11 b / g / n), 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (A-GPS and GLONASS)
  • Connectivity
  • WiFi (802.11 b / g / n), 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS (A-GPS and GLONASS)
  • Accelerometer, proximity and compass
  • Sensors
  • Accelerometer, proximity and compass
  • 141.3 mm (height) x 72.2 mm (width)
  • Dimensions
  • 157.9 mm (height) x 81.5 mm (width)
  • 8.8 mm
  • Thickness
  • 9 mm
  • 145 grams
  • Weight
  • 171 grams
  • R $ 799
  • Price official release
  • R $ 999

The first ’40’ of the family

It is no news to anyone that the Lumia series smartphones – formerly made available by Nokia – boast a numbering that serves to differentiate each of the models released. Lumia 610, Lumia 620, Lumia 625 and Lumia 630 are some of the variants already offered for the national market and follow the pattern of the “6XX” line.

Far from being a novelty, it is natural to think that the larger the number, the better-in varied aspects-tends to be the model. This does not necessarily mean a hardware or software evolution. Take for example the Lumia 630 and the Lumia 635: the difference is that the latter has support for 4G connectivity, which ultimately reflected in the final price of the smartphone .

However, in the first devices that present the “40” number in their names – the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL -, Microsoft hopes to deliver a considerable evolution and that will really mark a “next step” of this generation of handsets. When compared to the latest releases of the “6XX” line, the new models bring improved hardware, better quality screen, more accurate camera, larger capacity battery and a distinctive design.

Lumia 640 Screen Close

The trend ‘XL’

Family 40 view of the back cover

Along with the launch of the first family models with the “40” numbering, Microsoft introduces a new trend for its line of smartphones : the concept “XL”, inaugurated by Microsoft Lumia 640 XL . As the name may suggest – “XL” is a term used to refer to something very large – this device is a larger version than the Lumia 640 variant .

With this initiative, Microsoft hopes to launch models of its upcoming smartphones with larger screens and differentiated technical specifications. After all, it is not just the size that changes – at least between the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL – but this is an issue that will be discussed in a section below.

The important thing is to understand this: With this initiative, Microsoft intends to keep fewer models with different numbers in the market. This will make it easier to identify each variant and help the consumer choose what they want at the time of purchase . The company could have chosen to launch the Lumia 640 XL as Lumia 645, but that would likely cause more confusion.

Difference s and Similarities

A comparison to verify the differences and similarities between these models is essential in order to choose between them. As said, although they bear the same numbering, the trend “XL” presents some peculiarities that distinguish each of the devices – especially in aspects like the camera, capacity of the battery and design.

Comparison of size between the lumias 40

Lumia 640 Screen Close


Right from the start, the feature that stands out most between the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL is the size of the display . The extra large model has a larger 0.7 inch screen, an increase that numerically seems insignificant, but in practice is considerable, especially considering the dimensions of the apparatus resulting from this addition.

When it comes to quality, we can say that the experience of use is pleasant in both cases. The HD – 1280×720 pixel resolution, maintained on both models, causes a slight reduction in pixel density in the extra large variant, which does not make much difference in practice.


The consequence in the increase of the display is the difference in size of smartphones . In absolute numbers, the Lumia 640 XL is 1.5 centimeters higher, 1 centimeter wider and 26 grams heavier than the Lumia 640. The thickness had an almost insignificant increase of 0.2 millimeters.

Other than that they are very similar in design; Both with high quality finish – available in bright and matte colors.

Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL
Microsoft Lumia Interface


Equipped with Windows Phone 8.1, these smartphones are the first of Microsoft to come equipped with Update 2 of Lumia Denim. However, the differences are still not as significant. The highlight goes to the reorganization of the settings menu, which is now greatly facilitates the process of exploring and finding the desired option.

In addition, it is worth mentioning that the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL have guaranteed upgrade for Windows 10 Home and that new version of Microsoft’s operating system already has official confirmed release date: July 29, 2015. The OS Has several new features, such as a unified application store and Windows Continuum.


On the performance side, Microsoft ‘s smartphones have virtually no difference . They have the same processor , GPU, amount of RAM and internal storage, plus the ability to expand memory – which is 128 GB with micro SD card.

Because of this, both have the same performance, being able to quietly play heavy games like GT Racing 2 and Asphalt 8, as well as social networks, messengers, productivity apps and light games. In benchmark tests, the similarity in this aspect is quite evident.

Windows phone internal menu

Basemark OS II Graphics

  • Lumia 640

  • Overall – 449


  • System – 587


  • Memory – 781


  • Graphics – 230


  • Web – 386


  • Lumia 640 XL

  • Overall – 446


  • System – 584


  • Memory – 765


  • Graphics – 228


  • Web – 389


Battery and Audio

The addition of 500 mAh to the 640 XL compared to the 640 was more than enough to account for the increase in display size . Here, maintaining the HD resolution was advantageous. Overall, both smartphones have a similar autonomy and quite satisfactory for those who intend to use the devices moderately during the day.

The sound quality of smartphones is also pleasant. The XL variant only stands out by not completely muffling the sound when being left on a smooth surface because of the bulge of the camera. The availability of headphones varies by model.

Windows phone internal menu


But the main differences between the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL are the cameras. The XL model presents a significant upgrade over the younger sibling. In the main sensor on the back, in addition to the increase from 8 to 13 megapixels, the presence of traditional Zeiss lenses makes a huge difference for photography lovers.

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The front camera also had the increased resolution – from 1 to 5 megapixels – which also makes the selfies a bit better on the 640 XL . Overall, despite the obvious superiority of the extra large model, the two smartphones only show satisfactory final photo quality. The amount of options for manual control of the captures is emphasized, a highlight of the Lumia line of devices thanks to the Lumia Camera app .

Which one do I buy?

The two handsets are good smartphone middlemen options . The decision lies precisely in the differences between each of the models.

Should I choose
the Lumia 640 XL ?

The Lumia 640 XL is considerably larger than the Lumia 640. While the 0.7 inch adds to content consumption, the size may bother some consumers.

When the subject is the camera, the decision is more direct. The Lumia 640 XL delivers better performance, especially considering the rear sensor with Zeiss lenses. So if the quality of the photos is a determining factor for you, opt for the Lumia 640 XL .

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

Should I choose
the Lumia 640?

But if the final quality of the photos is not a differential that justifies the price of the Lumia 640 XL for you, things start to get more interesting for the Lumia 640. The model is leaner and can present a shiny texture that tends to favor The footprint.

Now, if you’re scared of the idea that your smartphone runs the risk of getting a little – or too much, depending on the situation – out of pocket, it’s best to choose the smaller brother and bet on simplified design.

Microsoft Lumia 640

Office 365 Personal + 1 TB on One Drive

Microsoft office 365 personal

Whichever model you choose, Microsoft guarantees a very nice gift for those who invest in one of these smartphones until June 30, 2015. Consumers will be entitled to one year of free Office 365 Personal and can install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, and OneNote software on one computer and tablet.

In addition, Microsoft will also provide, during the same period, 1TB of free storage on OneDrive. Not to mention a special offer in partnership with Hotel Urbano: 10{890c36218bbc94bcbe8f5d159f212155cbf0c932418a12ec06828c4a996999c1} discount on the first purchase of travel packages and 15{890c36218bbc94bcbe8f5d159f212155cbf0c932418a12ec06828c4a996999c1} on the second – promotion valid until September 2016.

Available Models

Models in the family Lumia 640

Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM DTV

  • Suggested price of R $ 799;
  • Bright white color;
  • Matte black color.

Microsoft Lumia 640 Single SIM LTE

  • Available soon.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM 3G

  • Suggested price of R $ 999;
  • Matte black color;
  • Matte white color;
  • Frosted blue color.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM LTE

  • Suggested price of R $ 999;
  • Exclusively by Vivo – in the SmartVivo plan, the device comes out for R $ 179 and can be purchased in 12 installments of R $ 15
  • Matte white color;
  • Matte black color.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Single SIM LTE

  • Available soon.