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Microsoft Lumia 640

Specifications

Microsoft Lumia 640
Microsoft Lumia 640 (Lumia Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 1280 x 720 pixel, capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, 4 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3,5mm-Audiokombiport, Card Reader: microSD up to 128 GByte, Sensors: motion sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor, compass, A-GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, UKW radio, DLNA
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM-Quadband (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS-Quadband (850/900/1900/2100)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.8 x 141.3 x 72.2 ( = 0.35 x 5.56 x 2.84 in)
Battery
10 Wh Lithium-Ion, 2500 mAh, 3.8 volts, Battery runtime (according to manufacturer): 27 h
Operating System
Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1
Camera
Webcam: 0.9MP, video @720p (front), 8.0MP, AF, LED flash, Video @1080p/30fps (back)
Additional features
Speakers: speaker on the back, Keyboard: virtual keyboard, power adapter, App Social, Here Drive+, Lumia Selfie, Lumia Storyteller, Mix Radio, 1 year of Office 365 Personal, 3 months photo+, 24 Months Warranty
Weight
145 g ( = 5.11 oz / 0.32 pounds), Power Supply: 47 g ( = 1.66 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
159 Euro

 

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Average Score: 78.57% - good
Average of 21 scores (from 35 reviews)
price: 84%, performance: 66%, features: 62%, display: 84% mobility: 89%, workmanship: 82%, ergonomy: 80%, emissions: 95%

Reviews for the Microsoft Lumia 640

85% Microsoft Lumia 640 Smartphone Review | Notebookcheck
Middle management. The Lumia 640 improves upon the predecessor in several areas. The middle-class smartphone features swappable covers and very decent software - but is that good enough to beat out the stiff competition?
80% Vodafone Microsoft Lumia 640
Source: Gadgetspeak English
Overall, this is a very reasonable Windows Phone based smartphone at an acceptable price. The Microsoft Lumia 640 from Vodafone is a slim 4G 5 inch versatile smartphone which, being Windows Phone based, will also provide the compatibility with Microsoft Office applications that will be a boon to many serious users.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 08/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 100% performance: 80%
70% Microsoft Lumia 640
Source: Gadgetspeak English
Continuing to play “Catch-up” and join the major players of Android and Apple in the mobile phone arena, Microsoft has released the Lumia 640 as it first offering to appear without any reference to the Nokia name that was previously associated with the Lumia brand. While Android and iOS are the dominant force with regards to smartphones, they are not the only choice. Windows Phone 8.1, with a promised upgrade to Windows Phone 10, is a viable alternative.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/21/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% price: 60% performance: 80% ergonomy: 80%
Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: Cricket’s scrappy cyan warrior
Source: Slashgear English
The value of this device is in its ability to provide calls, popular app access, and photos, all at reasonably fine quality for a rather low price. If you've never owned a smartphone before, this might be a great time to have a peek. If you've owned a Windows Phone device before and are planning on upgrading from a smaller display, this is also a perfectly fine place to go. At less than two hundred bucks and a guarantee for the "core features of Windows 10" as it becomes available later this year, this device is a fine choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 06/17/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640
Source: AnandTech English
It's honestly impossible for me to form a single opinion of the Lumia 640. I'm thankful that we don't operate using some sort of rating system where I would have to. Smartphones are comprised of many parts, both hardware and software, and all these things come together and provide an experience. Because smartphones are so appliance like, there's really no way to separate a device's hardware from its software.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/09/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 review: It's the practical Windows Phone most people can afford
Source: PC World English
By that metric, you may find yourself quite willing to put up with any quirks that the Lumia 640 offers. I will argue stridently that you’ll enjoy the Lumia 830 more. But in the midrange phone space, price can be a major sticking point. In that regard, Microsoft’s staunchly midrange Lumia 640 may be the right phone for you.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 06/08/2015
70% Microsoft Lumia 640 review: one of the best values in mobile (again)
Source: Pocketnow English
The Lumia 640 has all of the features you would expect from a smartphone that’s twice the price. It’s got 1Gb RAM, a decent 8 megapixel camera, front-facing camera for video calls, a high resolution screen with practically print quality pixel density, the processor is fast, and it even has a (somewhat limited) version of the excellent Glance Mode. It’s certainly a step up from the Lumia 630 and 635 as well as the 5XX series, and it has a few things that put it ahead of the similarly-priced BLU Win HD LTE. Overall, for the price, the Lumia 640 is a pretty nice deal.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 06/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% performance: 20% features: 60% mobility: 80%
Microsoft Lumia 640 Review
Source: Phone Arena English
In that regard, the Lumia 640 is a strong performer, especially if we’re to factor in its $130 cost as a prepaid option courtesy of Cricket Wireless. No doubt, the design is unmistakably Lumia in every facet, but more important is that it carries all the same tools and features we get in other Lumia branded smartphones. This phone isn’t for everybody, naturally, but for those who have been disappointed by comparable entry-level Android phones, this is surely a smart option to think about from the Windows Phone camp. It’s cheap, but not cheap-cheap in the way that the experience is dramatically compromised.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/02/2015
75% Microsoft Lumia 640 Review
Source: Phone Arena English
In that regard, the Lumia 640 is a strong performer, especially if we’re to factor in its $130 cost as a prepaid option courtesy of Cricket Wireless. No doubt, the design is unmistakably Lumia in every facet, but more important is that it carries all the same tools and features we get in other Lumia branded smartphones. This phone isn’t for everybody, naturally, but for those who have been disappointed by comparable entry-level Android phones, this is surely a smart option to think about from the Windows Phone camp. It’s cheap, but not cheap-cheap in the way that the experience is dramatically compromised.
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 06/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 75%
61% Fits the bill, not the part
Source: Think Digit English
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a decent attempt by the company, but it falters in the face of stiff competition from more affordable Android counterparts. An inferior hardware package combined with an underdeveloped app ecosystem make this phone just another option for the budget buyer. Maybe the upcoming Windows 10 update will bring some new life to the Lumia range but till then the Lumia 640 is only meant for Windows Phone loyalists.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/26/2015
Rating: Total score: 61%
60% Microsoft Lumia 640 Review
Source: Techspot English
Another reason I’ve been less forgiving with the Lumia 640 is because of its price point. At $200-250 (depending on the market) unlocked and outright, the Lumia 640 tends to be slightly expensive than the 2014 Motorola Moto G, which is as a competing entry-level smartphone is better across the board. Had the Lumia 640 offered a better value, it would be worth considering. Unfortunately it is not, which makes it hard to recommend.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/20/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Microsoft Lumia 640 review: Outgrowing the mold
Source: GSM Arena English
Microsoft Lumia 640 LTE ticks all the right boxes making it an easy to recommend pickup. There is a mid-sized IPS 720p display enhanced with ClearBlack, the Snapdragon 400 chip handles Windows hassle-free, the 8MP camera turned out way above average and there are various connectivity and color options. Just like the XL model, you can get the Lumia 640 in a single-SIM LTE flavor, dual SIM 3G or dual SIM LTE. It seems Microsoft thought a single-SIM 3G model is unnecessary for the smaller Lumia 640, probably because of the insignificant price difference, and we agree.
Single Review, online available, Very Long, Date: 05/18/2015
80% Microsoft Lumia 640 review: The Moto G of the Windows world, Microsoft proves just how well it can do budget phones
Source: PC Advisor English
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is a worthy upgrade over the Lumia 630, and this Windows Phone now presents very good value for money. This is the Moto G of the Windows world, with a near-identical spec and a £20 lower price tag. Which phone you choose will come down to your software preferences - many users will be happy with Windows Phone, but if third-party apps feature heavily on your wishlist you may find that extra £20 for the Moto G money well spent.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 05/14/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 80% performance: 80% features: 80% workmanship: 80%
100% Microsoft Lumia 640 review
Source: Expert Reviews English
The Lumia 535 may have been a big disappointment, but the Microsoft Lumia 640 certainly paves a much brighter future for Windows phones going forward. With a great-looking screen, snappy performance, decent battery life and loads of extra features, it's clearly punching above its weight for an entry-level handset, and it's a more than a worthy upgrade for existing Lumia 630 owners. What's more, the 4G version is just £120 SIM-free, with contracts starting around £16.99 a month for 500MB of data, 500 minutes and unlimited texts. The larger Lumia 640 XL may have more stamina over the course of a day, but the smaller, Lumia 640 is our new budget Windows phone of choice.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 05/07/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
80% Microsoft Lumia 640 review
Source: Trusted Reviews English
The Lumia 640 is one of the most capable affordable phones currently available, which is why we gave it a TrustedReviews award at this year’s Mobile World Congress. Its specs alone make it a good choice, but Microsoft has gone a step further by offering a free year’s subscription to Office 365 Personal. The added extras of having Microsoft Office tools, a terabyte of cloud storage and free Skype calls makes the Lumia 640 significantly more compelling.
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 05/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 80% price: 90% performance: 80% display: 80% mobility: 90% workmanship: 80%
80% Lumia 640 review
Source: V3.co.uk English
Offering a solid design, decent display and confirmed to receive an update to Windows 10, the Lumia 640 is one of the best affordable smartphones available to businesses using Microsoft services.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/28/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Lumia 640 Review
Source: Gadget Show English
If you’re on the hunt for a budget phone and you know you don’t like Android, Microsoft’s latest Lumia 640 is a safe bet to go with, offering plenty for your cash. Windows Phone is getting better and better, and Windows 10 is coming soon too. It’s just that the Moto G 4G offers much better value if you’re not specifically looking for a Windows Phone.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/23/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
100% Microsoft Lumia 640 Review: In Depth
Source: Recombu English
Microsoft’s Lumia 640 offers seriously great value for money, packing HD visuals, excellent optics and a satisfying user experience for around £150 (or £100 if you opt for the non-4G model), making it a solid rival to the Moto G. If you’re after an affordable but still highly competent handset, this could be your best portable pal.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/15/2015
Rating: Total score: 100%
Life after Nokia: Microsoft Lumia 640 budget WinPho blower
Source: Reg Hardware English
A rough comparison with the Moto E LTE – a phone that hits that magic £99 price point – reveals the Lumia has better cameras, better battery life and basic operations are faster. Also, I didn’t experience random lags as we did on the Moto E and the latest Moto G 4G. If you don’t have a problem putting 5-inches in your pocket, it’s an outstanding proposition.
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 04/14/2015
Hands on: Microsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL review now with prices
Source: PC Pro English
Microsoft is setting off on the right foot with its first major phone releases. The prices look good and the hardware even better at the price, especially once you factor in the inclusion of that Office 365 subscription. Microsoft is planning to release both phones in April. We’ll post our full review once we’ve got our hands on a review sample and had the chance to test the phones more thoroughly.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 04/10/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 and XL review: Hands-on with new Windows 10 ready smartphones
Source: PC Advisor English
The new Microsoft Lumia 640 and XL are nice looking smartphones and they will be relatively cheap. An upgrade to Windows 10 is also a positive if you're a fan of the platform. However, there's little to get excited about here in terms of specs. These are just yet more Lumias joining the already crowded range.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/04/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL First Impressions
Source: NDTV Gadgets English
The two devices have very similar spec sheets. The key areas in which they differ are their screens, batteries and cameras. Both are powered by the quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, which has been a favourite of low-cost manufacturers for a while now, but is getting on a bit in age. Both phones have 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage space and support for MicroSD cards of up to 128GB capacity. Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GLONASS and FM radio are also common.
Comparison, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/03/2015
MWC 2015: Lumia 640 hands-on review
Source: Stuff TV English
The Lumia 640 will be available come April in glossy white, orange, cyan, and matte for the black. It will be retailing for €139 (about £100) for the 3G version, and €159 (£115) for the LTE one. Perfectly affordable if you ask us. Could be a good time to jump on the Windows 10 bandwagon.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/02/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 review - hands on
Source: Expert Reviews English
However, from what we've seen so far, the Lumia 640 is clearly punching above its weight, delivering a fantastic looking screen and quick internals for a rock bottom price. If it can match the Lumia 735 or Lumia 830 in terms of battery life, screen quality and processing power, we'll be very impressed indeed.
Single Review, online available, Very Short, Date: 03/02/2015
MWC 2015: Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL hands-on
Source: GSM Arena English
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is more compact of the two with a 5" 720p screen and is will take on the Moto G (2015) at a Moto E (2015) price. The one we handled had a glossy polycarbonate body and one of the brightest orange colors we've seen in person. These high-visibility colors are classic Lumia, Stephen Elop had the Cyan version in his hands, but there are also the more muted Black and White colors.
Comparison, online available, Short, Date: 03/02/2015

Foreign Reviews

90% Microsoft Lumia 640 Mit Dual-Sim Im Smartphone-Test
Source: Cyberbloc German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Medium, Date: 08/06/2015
Rating: Total score: 90%
78% Der richtige Einstieg in die WP-Welt
Source: Chip.de German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Short, Date: 07/22/2015
Rating: Total score: 78% price: 90% features: 46% display: 79% mobility: 92%
89% Überzeugendes 5 Zoll Smartphone mit Windows Phone 8.1
Source: Notebookinfo German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/05/2015
Rating: Total score: 89% performance: 83% display: 90% mobility: 90% workmanship: 90% ergonomy: 90% emissions: 95%
70% Preis-Leistungs-Knaller!
Source: Focus Online German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 05/04/2015
Rating: Total score: 70% features: 73% ergonomy: 74%
82% Microsoft Lumia 640 (LTE)
Source: Computerbild - Heft 10/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 05/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 82%
Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Source: Pocket Navigation German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/25/2015
80% Microsoft Lumia 640 (LTE)
Source: e-media - Heft 09/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/16/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
80% Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Source: Inside Handy German DE→EN
Single Review, online available, Long, Date: 04/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 80%
60% Microsoft Lumia 640 (LTE)
Source: Connect - Heft 05/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 04/01/2015
Rating: Total score: 60%
Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Source: e-media - Heft 07/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/16/2015
Microsoft Lumia 640 Dual SIM
Source: PocketPC - Heft 4/2015 German
Single Review, , Length Unknown, Date: 03/01/2015

Comment

Model: The Microsoft Lumia 640 is built around the concept of making life easier. This is backed with its user friendly interface and complete range of free Microsoft services directly built in. There is the most talked about virtual assistant in the form of Cortana and the Microsoft Lumia 640 comes with performance in mind. There are 4 colors to choose from; sky blue, orange, black and white. Design is kept similar to modern Lumia devices with rounded edges and a clean look. The Windows 8.1 device comes with a 5 inch HD display with ClearBlack and IPS technology. Needless to say, the smartphone can render beautiful, eye pleasing images.

The front is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 with an easy to clean surface. At the center of the device is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1 GB RAM, Adreno 305 GPU and 8 GB internal storage. Users can up the storage using a microSD card with a further 128 GB. The Microsoft Lumia 640 comes with an 8 MP camera with excellent image quality and a secondary 1 MP shooter. Other features include Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, A-GPS and microUSB-2.0. Battery life on the Microsoft Lumia 640 is good with a Li-Ion cell rated at 2500 mAh.

Qualcomm Adreno 305: Integrated mid-range graphics card in the Snapdragon 400 and S4 Plus SoCs that supports OpenGL ES 3.0 and features unified shaders. These graphics cards are not suited for Windows 3D games. Office and Internet surfing however is possible. » Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Graphics Cards and the corresponding Benchmark List.
400 MSM8226: ARM Cortex-A7 Quad-Core with up to 1.2 GHz and manufactured in 28nm» Further information can be found in our Comparison of Mobile Processsors.
5":

This is a typical smartphone diagonal.

» To find out how fine a display is, see our DPI List.
0.145 kg:

Only few smartphones are more lightweight than this.


Microsoft:

Microsoft smartphones and tablets have been tested since 2012. There are many reviews with average ratings. The reader's interest is quite given, but the market share is not big enough for the Top 5 smartphone manufacturers (as of 2016).


78.57%: This rating is not convincing. The laptop is evaluated below average, this is not really a recommendation for purchase.
» Further information can be found in our Notebook Purchase Guide.

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Stefan Hinum (Update: 2015-03- 9)