- Good camera
- Bright screen
- SD card slot
- Games Lag
- bad loud speaker
The Lumia 640 XL is budget Windows smartphone.It’s the larger version of the Lumia 640. Although the 640 XL is based on the 640 there are bumps in the cameras and the display quality has been improved as well.
Design and Build:
The phone is actually pretty huge with a 5.7 inch screen, so one handed use will be difficult. It’s design isn’t as great as other Lumia’s but it’s super light weight. The design is rather bland and simple, but the back cover can be removed to find a removable battery and SD card slot underneath.
The Lumia 640 XL has a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front camera. The rear camera is a wide 28mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss lens aided by an LED flash. The Lumia camera app offers quite a bit of control to the user,especially with the manual mode. The camera on the Lumia 640 was great, and since it received bumps in resolution and lens the pictures now come out with more detail and now can be cropped more. The photos are stellar in well lit conditions but low light photos come out a bit noisy. The video quality has been improved and fixed the issues that were present in the 640 as well.
The Lumia 640 XL has a 5.7 inch 720p “Clear Black” IPS LCD display. The huge screen with such low resolution means the sharpness is lacking quite a bit, as the pixel density stands at 239 ppi which is rather low. The display is pretty similar to that of the Lumia 640 but with slight improvements, the sunlight readability has improved a lot. Overall the display is pleasant with great color reproduction and viewing angles, with the only letdown being the resolution.
The 640 XL is powered by Snapdragon 400 quad core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz along with the Adreno 305 GPU. The phone comes with 1 gig of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage which is expandable upto 128 GB with a dedicated SD card slot. The phone deals with day to day stuff smoothly, but graphics processing leaves you wanting. 1 gig of RAM on a Windows phone is plenty and multi tasking is also pretty smooth. High end games are probably something you should pass.
The 640 XL comes loaded with Windows 8.1 Denim OS, so Cortana is already integrated into it. The Lumia branded suite of applications also come preloaded. The optimization of the apps is not there whatsoever, but the good thing is that since the 640 XL was launched with Window 8.1, you’ll definitely receive the Windows 10 update.
The phone comes with a rather standard 3000 mAh battery, for it’s size, which means it’ll easily last you a day with normal usage. If you compare the performance of the battery with other phones with similar battery capacity, the 640 XL is rather underwhelming. The power saving mode should help you out in conserving battery out, so the overall battery life is just decent. The fans of removable batteries though will be pleased, as the battery under the back of this phone is removable.
The Lumia 640 XL is pretty good value for money as a mid range Windows phone, ignoring the newest Android phones in the price range. The phone has a great camera, but the loud speaker even though loud is not so great for music or movies. The dual sim option is great, considering the SD card slot is still dedicated.