Earlier this Week, Microsoft Mobile announced that they would be bringing the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640XL to Australia in early May. Both devices sport 4G connectivity, a 5 and 5.7” screen respectively, and relatively affordable prices. The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL will upgrade to, and benefit from, the core features of Windows 10 as it becomes available later this year. Out of the box both phones are also running the Windows Phone 8.1 GDR2 software, so there are some slight differences in the OS compared to other current Lumia devices. One standout feature would be the ability to use an external keyboard via bluetooth, which could be a productivity booster if you wanted to use the larger XL to get some real work done on the go. There is also a great Office deal bundled with both devices.
The subscription will be available for use across various platforms including one PC or Mac, one tablet, including a Windows tablet, iPad or Android tablet, plus easy access on one smartphone.
The Office 365 Personal subscription includes:
Latest full desktop version of Office applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote and Outlook
Extra subscription benefits include one TB OneDrive storage for 12 months
60 Skype world minutes of calling per month for 12 months to 60+ country landlines and mobiles in 8 countries
A lot of folks will be happy that Microsoft have also brought back the cyan colour option, alongside Black, White and Orange. The Lumia 640 will retail for $299 AU, and be available in May from Optus – in black, or orange with additional black cover from early May. Harvey Norman, Dick Smith, Officeworks, Allphones – in black, cyan or white from early May and Telstra – in black from late May.
The Lumia 640 XL will retail for $399 AU, and be available in Cyan, Black or White. It will be available from Vodafone – in cyan from early May. Harvey Norman, Dick Smith and JB Hi-Fi – in black or white from early May.
Of course this is another budget offering for consumers, offering low to mid range specs at what seems a reasonable price, and probably the last of the Lumias we see released before Windows 10 devices become available. If you’re after something to tide you over till that predicted flagship arrives later in the year, the 640 or 640XL good stop-gap value.