Microsoft cuts Lumia 640 price to £99 in the UK

It's been 18 months since Microsoft's Lumia 640 went on sale in the UK, following its unveiling at Mobile World Congress 2015 a few weeks earlier. Upon its release, the Lumia 640 could be purchased for as little as £99.99 on contract-free pay-as-you-go plans, but those wishing to buy the Windows Phone 8.1 handset SIM-free had to pay £129.99.

The 640 was superseded by the newer Lumia 650, which launched at £159.99 in the UK in February, but has had its price repeatedly cut, falling to £109.99 at the Microsoft Store last month.

But despite being a year and a half old, the Lumia 640 has held its price remarkably well. Microsoft continued to sell the device for £129.99 until August, when it cut 20% off its price, reducing it to £103.99. Now, Microsoft has trimmed the 640's price even further, and is now selling it for £99.

That price is even lower than other retailers such as Amazon, which is charging around £125 for the device; Expansys, which is selling it for £116.99, and Clove, where the 640 is priced at £139.

The Lumia 640's key specs include:

  • 5-inch ClearBlack IPS LCD with HD (1280x720px) resolution and Corning Gorilla Glass 3
  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB onboard storage (plus microSD support up to 128GB)
  • Backside illuminated 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video recording
  • 1MP front camera with 720p video recording
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetometer and SensorCore
  • Removable 2500mAh battery
  • 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8mm; 145g

While the Lumia 640 originally shipped with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2, it is eligible for an official upgrade to Windows 10 Mobile, including the recent Anniversary Update.

If you're thinking of buying it, be sure to check out our detailed review of the device first.

Source: Microsoft Store

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