Earlier this month, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft unveiled two new additions to the lower end of its smartphone range: the 5-inch Lumia 640, and the 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL - and one of them will soon be heading to the US.
As TMoNews reports, T-Mobile has launched a 'coming soon' page for the Lumia 640 on its website. Unfortunately, the company has not yet revealed a launch date or pricing info - and it also appears that the larger 640 XL won't be joining it.
Still, there's plenty to like about the Lumia 640 - check out our first impressions from a brief hands-on experience with both variants - and at the right price, it could make sense for quite a few smartphone buyers. Its 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
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- 4G LTE connectivity
- Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetometer and SensorCore
- Replaceable 2500mAh battery
- 141.3 x 72.2 x 8.8mm; 145g
The Lumia 640 will sit alongside the smaller Lumia 635 in T-Mobile's range as the only two Windows Phones on offer from the carrier. It will come with the added bonus of a free one-year Office 365 Personal subscription, which will be included with all Lumia 640 and 640 XL handsets sold worldwide.
By the way - and almost unbelievably, the 640 and 640 XL were not the only low-end Windows Phones that Microsoft announced this month. Last week, it unveiled yet another entry-level handset - the Lumia 430 Dual SIM - priced at just $70 off-contract, making it the most affordable Windows Phone ever.