These mid-range phones are powered by the same processor, they have almost the same design, but one of them is a phablet and has a better camera. In this article, we’ll compare the Lumia 640 with its XL variant and see the differences between them.
Designs, dimensions and displays
Both phones have glossy plastic covers with a slight curvature on the edges, the corners are rounded and the bezels are thick. The Lumia 640 has the LED flash located on the left side of the rear camera, while the 640 XL model has the LED flash on top of the rear camera, which has larger lenses.
The Lumia 640 measures 141.3×72.2×8.8mm, it weights 145grams and has a 5inches ClearBlack IPS LCD display supporting 720×1280 pixels at 294ppi and benefits from Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection against scratches. The 640 XL model supports the same resolution on the 5.7inches screen, but its pixel density is 259ppi. The phone has a weight of 171grams and measures 157.9×81.5×9 mm. This means that you’ll use both of your hands to operate the device. Even if Microsoft opted for a medium resolution for its phablet, the photos look vivid and rich in colors.
Hardware and OS
Both phones come installed with Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 and have Lumia Denim on top of it. They’re powered by the same quad core 1.2Ghz Cortex A7 processor based on a Qualcomm MSM8226 Snapdragon 400 chipset, and they’re backed by Adreno 305 graphics and 1GB of RAM. Even the internal storage has the same capacity of 8GB and if you’ll use a microSD card, its space can go up to 128GB. Once Windows 10 will be officially released, these handsets will be upgraded immediately. They have the same 4G support, the same applications and features, but things change when it comes to cameras.
The smaller model is equipped with an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, autofocus and 1/4” sensor size, and has the Rich Capture mode which allows you to change the exposure of the photo, right after taking it. The XL variant has a 13MP back camera with Carl Zeiss optics LED flash, autofocus and 1/3” sensor size which produces sharper images and which look better when they’re taken in low light conditions. The front camera on the Lumia 640 is 1MP, which can’t rise up to the level of Lumia 640 XL’s 5MP shooter.
Inside the Lumia 640 you’ll find a 2500 mAh battery that lasts 17 hours and a half when talking on 3G, while the Lumia 640 XL received a 3000 mAh battery that lasts 6 hours more. However, both batteries are removable.
You’ll find both phones on Amazon where the Lumia 640 is priced at around 180 dollars, and the Lumia 640 XL is 40 dollars more expensive.