- Adam Z. Lein , Pocketnow
A very capable midrange Windows Phone with an attractive price.
- Michael Allison , WMPoweruser
The Lumia 640 is a powerful midrange device that offers great bang for your buck.
- Solid mid-tier performance
- Storage expansion with microSD
- Dual SIM variants in select markets
- Weak front-facing camera
- Slippery grip
With the latest entry in their mid-tier Lumia series, Microsoft hopes to address some of the complaints of the previous 630 series. With improved stats and some slight design tweaks, the phone appears to offer a competent option for those looking for a Windows Phone at an affordable price. Do the specs match its performance? Let’s check out the reviews!
The 640 features the same unibody design as previous models. It’s high-grade polycarbonate shell received mixed reviews on grip but all agreed that it looks great and offers a rugged, well-built feel in the hand. Available in multiple colors and matte or glossy finishes, it offers plenty of options to make the phone appealing. Many reviews noted that the glossy shells were prone to fingerprints. Expert Reviews UK spent some time with the handset and noted, “Its sturdy unibody design is comfortable to hold and its angular edges give you plenty of grip.”
The phone sports a 5-inch 720p IPS LCD screen. Many reviewers were blown away by the contrast and color range offered by the display, second guessing if it was an IPS or OLED display. While the resolution is certainly well below flagship models, it is fitting for a mid-tier device. With the tile-based Windows Phone interface, reviews report it offers plenty of clarity and detail for easy operation. Expert Reviews UK called the display, “Easily a cut above any other budget smartphone panel we've seen in recent months.”
Power the Lumia 640, you’ll find 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. While these specs might be a bit lackluster in the Android or iOS market, it appears to be plenty of power to keep the Windows Phone experience running smoothly. With an update to Windows 10 promised from Microsoft, performance should only improve. Expert Reviews UK found it “Felt very quick and snappy when we were scrolling through the phone's Start screen and various menu settings.”
With 8GB of internal storage, the handset offers a fair amount of storage out of the box. If you plan to store media for on-the-go enjoyment or install a lot of large apps, you should count on expanding with a microSD card. Fortunately, support for up to 128GB cards means you can double or quadruple the storage on the phone for an affordable price.
As with most Lumia devices, the cameras on the 640 receive good reviews. The rear camera appears to handle lighting well and produce respectable results for an 8MP shooter. Unfortunately, if you’re a fan of selfies or video chat, the 1MP wide-angle front-facing chat and selfie camera was less popular. Notebook Review called it “grainy and inaccurate” while many other reviews found weak low-light performance and general shortcomings.
To keep everything running, Microsoft went with a 2,500mAh battery. While Microsoft claims all day battery life, reviews were vague on what to expect. However, with the specs listed, a day of moderate usage should be no problem. Heavy users might look for an external battery pack or keep a charger on hand. For a limited time, Microsoft plans to offer a free year of Microsoft Office 365 and 1TB of OneDrive storage, if you’re a fan of either service, this makes the already affordable phone a steal.
Overall, the phone received great reviews. While Windows Phone is still struggling to find a foothold in the market, Microsoft continues to offer compelling options for fans of the ecosystem. Trusted Reviews summed up the phone well, stating, “It's got the makings of a solid, affordable 5-inch Android alternative.”
Reviews (7.7/10 Avg. rating)
Great display and excellent battery life with surprisingly good camera
It's the practical Windows Phone most people can afford
One of the best values in mobile
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.Full review
Cost makes it extremely affordable
Everyone is eagerly awaiting for the next-gen Lumia smartphone, the one that’s specs heavy, feature-rich, and heavy handed against the competition. Well, we’re going to have to wait longer because the Microsoft Lumia 640 isn’t that handset. Rather, it’s on the other side of the spectrum – where it’s an entry-level, low cost handset meant for basic use.
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 Lu... Full review
Fits the bill, not the part
Mostly trouble-free and smooth
Microsoft has done well releasing mid and low-end phones over the past couple of years. It has cemented itself as a solid option for the budget-conscious smartphone buyer. With the Lumia 640, that reputation is even stronger. This is an incredible phone for its price point. It performs admirably and it’s almost impossible to find compromises that are bad enough to persuade you not to buy it. Right now in the UK, you can buy a Lumia 640 for for £130 unlocked. In the U.S., Cricket Wireless is selling it for $130 and T-Mobile will launch it soon. If you’re looking for a low-p... Full review
A little re-working for a little price
A remarkably complete package from Microsoft,
An incredible value for prepaid customers
The Microsoft Lumia 640 is not the cheapest phone available from Cricket Wireless, but it might offer the most bang for the buck.
As is often the case, Microsoft did a bang up job delivering a usable, high-quality piece of hardware that has few detractions. The plastic is a bit slippery and the phone may be heavier than I'd like, but these are modest complaints. The screen is great, call volume is incredible, battery life is respectable, and data performance is as good as it gets in Cricket's stable. Windows Phone isn't for everyone, but those who prefer it will find plenty to li... Full review
Decent attempt but not competitively priced
Premium product for an economical price
Functionality at its best
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