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Microsoft’s Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL phones make an aggressive push into the mid-range

Microsoft is pushing deeper into the affordable market with the new Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 smartphones. Both devices are mid-range releases and while you’d expect them to be quite expensive, they’re apparently very budget-minded with prices starting at just €139.

The Microsoft Lumia 640 has been leaked a few times already, but we really didn’t have much information on it. We initially expected the handset to be another entry-level release, but the company has certainly exceeded our expectations. It offers a 5-inch 720p HD IPS display for visuals and there’s Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for extra protection.

Microsoft Lumia 640

The front houses a 1MP camera and you’ll find an 8MP shooter on the rear. You’ll also get a pretty large battery of 2500mAh which will be capable of delivering up to 20.3 hours of talk time or 10.9 hours of Wi-Fi web browsing. The Lumia 640 XL is basically a larger smartphone with slightly better features.

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This device also has a 720p HD IPS LCD panel, but of 5.7 inches wide. Gorilla Glass 3 is present here as well, and you get better cameras. The rear snapper is rated at 13MP, while the front-facing imager is a 5MP fixed-focus sensor. The bigger display on the XL means more power consumption and a larger battery of 3000mAh is onboard to compensate for that.

Lumia 640 XL

Coming to the common features of both smartphones, Microsoft has loaded them with Windows 8.1 and the Lumia Denim update. A 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor delivers the steam and for memory, there’s 1GB RAM, 8GB storage and a microSD card slot. The company will be offing the new phones with dual SIM slots and LTE.

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The Microsoft Lumia 640 3G model will cost €139, while the LTE model is tagged at €159. It’s expected to go on sale globally in April. The Lumia 640 XL will hit stores in this month itself and will be tagged at €189 and €219, respectively.