Microsoft Lumia 640 XL Dual SIM review: Size matters

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is one of Miscrosoft’s recently announced Lumias and it’s also available as a Dual SIM model, which we’re reviewing. It’s the best equipped smartphone in the Lumia 640 series – it packs a massive 5.7″ screen and a 13MP camera. The Lumia 640 is ready to capture new users for Microsoft’s mobile platform by offering a smooth smartphone experience on big screen, all with a tantalizing sub-200 euro price tag.

Nokia was well known for its rich lineup of phones, where everyone could find their dream phone. In the new smartphone era the diversity applied mostly to the color options, but today Microsoft is revisiting the past traditions with the new Lumia 640 series, which offers seven different handsets with attractive specs and bargain pricing.

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Breaking a pattern is a tough move today, but it seems Microsoft got it right for the most part. You can get a Lumia 640 in a regular 5″ size or a 5.7″ XL flavor. There are 3G, 3G Dual SIM, LTE and even LTE Dual SIM version of each size, which is very nice – you can opt for the one you need and save some cash in the meantime. And, of course, the paintjob options are as rich as they get – matte cyan, glossy cyan, orange, black, matte white and glossy white.

So, we got the 3G Dual SIM model of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL, one with a matte white panel. It is noticeably big, but feels really light, the Glance screen greets you at start and the ZEISS logo highlights the rear 13 MP camera. The 5.7″ 720p display isn’t offering the best pixel density, but it makes up for it with the ClearBlack technology. And while the Lumia 640 series was introduced as the first Windows 10 smartphones, they are still running on Windows Phone 8.1. They will be the first phones on the queue to get the update this summer though.

Key features

  • Optional LTE connectivity
  • Optional Dual SIM connectivity (3G and LTE models)
  • 5.7″ IPS display of 720p resolution, ClearBlack display, Gorilla Glass 3
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM
  • Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim, Windows 10 update coming summer 2015
  • 13MP autofocus camera, LED flash, 1080p video recording @30fps
  • 5MP front-facing camera, 1080p video
  • 8GB of inbuilt storage, microSD card slot, up to 128GB
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n; Bluetooth 4.0; GPS/GLONASS; FM radio with RDS, USB OTG
  • 30GB of free OneDrive storage
  • Free worldwide voice-guided navigation with HERE Drive+
  • 3,000mAh Li-Ion battery

Main disadvantages

  • Reflective screen
  • Dated chipset
  • No secondary microphone
  • About 3GB of internal storage available to the user

The Lumia 640 XL has pretty much all bases covered. The Snapdragon 400 chipset is our major concern. It proved a really powerful platform for the Windows smartphones in the past and is still utilized by many. But Microsoft’s recent push of new apps and games within the Windows Store may finally raise performance issues on these kind of smartphones.

Google Fit now tracks your distance and calories burned

The Google Fit app for Android has received a pretty big update today, which should already be available in the Play Store. Fit, as you may know, serves as the search giant’s integrated health and fitness suite, which can interact with other apps too.

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With the new release, Google Fit has received support for estimating distance covered and calories burned. To get this to work, you need to tell it your gender, height, and weight. Then the app will let you know how far you went each day, and how many calories you burned throughout the day and during your workouts.

You do however need to keep in mind that these are estimates, and nothing else, so they may be way off (especially when it comes to calories burned). These aren’t the only new features baked into the Google Fit update. You now also get a fitness history view, by scrolling down your timeline. Your activities are grouped by days, weeks, or months.

Finally, Fit now has its very own widget, as well as an Android Wear watch face. Both of these let you see how close you are to your fitness goals with just a quick glance – and supposedly keep you motivated in the process.

T-Mobile now offers the Nexus 6 for $100 less than Google

If you want to buy a Motorola Nexus 6 in the US, you can obviously order one straight from Google. In that case, you need to pay $649 for the privilege of getting the 32GB model. And up until today, the situation was exactly the same if for some reason you preferred to get it from T-Mobile.

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But right now the magenta carrier is offering the Nexus phablet for just $549.84 outright, essentially allowing you to save $100 compared to Google’s pricing.

This being T-Mobile, you also have the option of using its famous installment plan to purchase the smartphone. If you go this route, you pay nothing upfront, then followed by 24 monthly payments of $22.91. This obviously works only if you don’t mind having T-Mobile as your carrier. And remember, if you cancel wireless service (which you can do at any time), the remaining balance on the phone becomes due.

LG G4 Mini shows up in a Vodafone price list

LG has already made the G4 official, but so far the company has not outed a ‘mini’ version of its new flagship. Last year we had the G3 S serving this purpose, so it stands to reason that a ‘mini’ G4 is being prepped.



In fact, not long ago we found out about a G4c that will supposedly be out in Europe in June, with lower-end specs and a smaller screen compared to the G4.

Now though from Hungary comes a mention of a phone actually called LG G4 Mini. This has been spotted in a price list for Vodafone’s local arm over there, as you can see from the photo below.


The listing has since vanished, but it’s pretty clear that Vodafone is getting ready to release the G4 Mini. And since this particular carrier is present in many European countries, we assume the G4 Mini will get a wider launch.

According to some unnamed sources, the handset is due to be in stores in “early summer”, and it will sport a 5-inch 720p touchscreen and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 615 chipset. This directly conflicts with the previously leaked info out of Germany, which was claiming that the G4c would come with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC instead.

So either the G4 Mini and G4c will be different devices, or one of these sources is wrong. This time around we don’t get any more details, but the aforementioned German rumor also talked about the smaller G4 coming with an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP selfie unit, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable internal storage. It should run Android 5.0 Lollipop from day one, and will apparently be released in Germany in the first week of June.