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Lumia 640 XL hands-on video: A look at Microsoft’s huge new phablet

Microsoft revealed two new Windows Phone devices during Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona. We’re still waiting for its flagship Windows 10 for phones device, but these two phones will certainly hold us over in the meantime and they’re both noteworthy.

We already brought you our hands-on with the Lumia 640, and now we’re back with a first look at the Lumia 640 XL, the phablet-version of the Lumia 640. It’s bigger, yes, but it also features some enhancements. It has the same Snapdragon 400 processor under the hood, in addition to 8GB of expandable storage (you can add up to a 128GB microSD card). However, it’s also equipped with a 13-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and a 5.7-inch 1280 x 720-pixel display.

The unit we had a chance to see had a slightly different body, too, with a more textured finish instead of the glossy polycarbonate body of the Lumia 640. Like the Lumia 640, however, the Lumia 640 XL lacks a dedicated camera button, which seems bizarre given Microsoft and Nokia’s focus on that option in the past. The screen looks OK given the price, but we’re still holding out for a new 1080p phone to replace the Lumia 1520 phablet.

The Lumia 640 XL runs Windows Phone 8.1 right now, but Microsoft promised us that it will be updated to Windows 10 for phones when the software is ready later this year. Watch the video above for a closer look.

Todd Haselton

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