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Microsoft unveils Lumia 640 and huge 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL

Microsoft took the stage early Monday morning during Mobile World Congress 2015 where it unveiled two new smartphones, including the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. Both phones will run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 for phones later this year, when Microsoft officially kicks that software update out the door.

The Lumia 640 is equipped with a 5-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, a wide-angle front-facing camera and, depending on the market, will ship in either dual-SIM or single SIM SKUs and with LTE or with 3G connectivity. The LTE model will retail for €159 ($177) while the 3G model will ship for €139 ($155), Microsoft said during its press conferenc.

Microsoft also unveiled the Lumia 640 XL, a larger take on the Lumia 640, which features a massive 5.7-inch display, a larger battery for increased battery life and an even better 13-megapixel camera. A 3G model will sell for €189 ($211), while the LTE model will ship for €219 ($244).

The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will launch on various carriers around the globe beginning this spring, and both include a one-year Microsoft Office subscription with purchase. We’re here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, so stay tuned for our hands-ons with both phones.

Todd Haselton

Todd Haselton has been writing professionally since 2006 during his undergraduate days at Lehigh University. He started out as an intern with...