Waiting to get your hands on a new Windows Phone handset in India? Check your local retail stores for the Lumia 640XL. Microsoft has launched the Lumia 640XL LTE smartphone in the country at a price point of Rs 17,399 ($270).
The Lumia 640XL comes with a set of mid-range level hardware modules. It sports a 5.7-inch ClearBlack IPS display of HD (1280 x 720) screen resolution and 259ppi pixel density, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protecting the display from scratches.
The Lumia 640XL is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. The storage in the device can be expanded by up to 128GB using a microSD card should you need more space.
On the camera front, the Lumia 640XL comes with a 13-megapixel rear shooter with autofocus, LED flash, and ZEISS lens, and a 5-megapixel sensor placed upfront. The dual-SIM capable handset supports 4G LTE (both of the available LTE bands in India), 3G, Wi-Fi and other standard connectivity features. There’s a 3,000mAh battery too, which the company claims can offer a full day talk time over 3G network.
On the software side, the Lumia 640XL runs Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim out of the box. It’s worth noting that the Lumia 640XL, much like a range of existing Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, is eligible to get Windows 10 Mobile software update when it becomes available.
Commenting on the launch, Ravi Kunwar, director North Microsoft Mobile Devices said;
"India is poised to be one of the leading 4G markets in the world owing to the exponential growth of smartphones and the growing access to Internet. We understand the needs of the Indian consumers and with the Lumia range we have always focused on complementing the needs of the customers across segments by delivering new experiences and features. Lumia 640XL LTE is a power packed smartphone that offers a great productivity package with the power of 4G."
The Lumia 640 XL is destined to face stiff competition from the Moto X Play, the Xiaomi Mi 4i and many other Android-powered handsets that arguably offer better hardware specifications for less cost. That said, the Lumia 640XL is a solid, good handset, as noted by Andy in his review of the phone. So it is likely worth the extra bucks anyway.