Microsoft’s dual SIM Lumia 540 is an incredibly affordable mid-range handset

Just when we thought that we’d be getting a break from cheap Windows Phones from Microsoft, the company surprises us with the brand new Lumia 540 handset. The device has a retail price of under $150 which makes it super affordable and the best part is that it offers mid-range features.

The Microsoft Lumia 540 is a dual SIM release and it comes loaded with the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS including the Lumia Denim update. It can be considered as a beefier version of the Lumia 535 as it offers a very similar design with better hardware.

Microsoft Lumia 540

The traditional Lumia look is flaunted here, but the sides are coated with a slightly darker shade to deliver an appealing look. And while the display size is the same 5 inches as on the 535 model, the resolution has been bumped to 1280 x 720 pixels. The processor, however, has remained untouched – A 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 200. And there’s no change to the front selfie camera which is rated at 5MP, either.

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But on the rear, you’ll be treated to an 8MP snapper. Sadly, there’s no LED flash accompanying it. Microsoft has also thrown in a 2200mAh battery that’s estimated to deliver up to 24 days of standby or around 14.8 hours of talk time on 3G. There’s no LTE connectivity here, but we could see a model designed for 4G networks surface in the future.

Microsoft Lumia 540 dual SIM specs:

– 5-inch 720p HD LCD panel
– Windows Phone 8.1 w/ Lumia Denim
– 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 200 SOC
– 1GB RAM
– 8GB storage, 128GB microSD expandable
– 2200mAh battery
– 5MP front camera, 8MP rear snapper

The Microsoft Lumia 540 smartphone will be released in IMEA and APAC regions early May in cyan, orange, white and matte black options.