Microsoft unveiled the Lumia 640 XL at Mobile World Congress in March 2015, and it went on sale in the US a few months later, priced at $299 unlocked, or $249 on AT&T. The extra-large Windows phone has fallen in price considerably since then - and it's now available at its lowest price so far.
In July, the AT&T model dropped to $149.99, before a further reduction to $99.99 in October. Microsoft cut the price of the unlocked version to $199 back in April, but last month, deals website DailySteals.com offered it for just $79.99.
Now, DailySteals.com is offering the Lumia 640 XL for even less, but there's a catch. The handset is now on sale there for just $69.99 unlocked, but the specific model (RM-1066) that it's offering does not include 4G LTE support.
The Lumia 640 XL's key specs include:
- 5.7-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 13MP rear camera with ZEISS optics, LED flash and 1080p video recording
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Ambient light sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor, magnetometer and SensorCore
- Replaceable 3000mAh battery
- 157.9 x 81.5 x 9mm; 171g
The unlocked device is available in black, white, orange and blue, but the lack of 4G LTE connectivity means that it won't be ideal for everyone, although it might be a suitable purchase as a spare handset, a phone for one of the kids, or perhaps even as a developer device for testing purposes.
But if the issue of connectivity is a deal-breaker, you might be interested in another deal, available at Amazon.com. For the same price of $69.99, the online retailer is offering the Lumia 640 XL in black with 4G LTE connectivity, but locked to AT&T.
Clearly, there are some compromises with either version of the handset in these deals - but at such a low price, for such an impressive handset, that may not be a problem for everyone. You can find out more about the Lumia 640 XL in our detailed review of the 4G LTE model.
The Lumia 640 XL ships with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 onboard, but it is eligible for an official Windows 10 Mobile upgrade, including the latest Anniversary Update.