At MWC 2015, Microsoft launched two new Windows Phones: the Lumia 640 and 640 XL. They're very similar phones, differing mainly in their screen sizes: 5in and 5.7in respectively. Here's everything you need to know about the Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications in the UK. Read our Lumia 640 and XL review from MWC.

In a nutshell, the pair are budget devices with 720p screens and unremarkable processors. The larger phone has better cameras and a bigger battery. The 640 is mainly available in a glossy finish, while the XL is predonimantely matte with only white as a glossy option.

Here's everything you need to know about the Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications.

Lumia 640, 640 XL release date

Microsoft has confirmed that the Lumia 640 will be available in April with the 640 XL joining it by the end of the month.

Lumia 640, 640 XL price

Both phones will be offered in single- and dual-SIM variants and our spec sheet sent by Microsoft confirms 4G LTE support for UK models.

Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications.

Above is the Lumia 640 which comess in glossy cyan (blue), orange and white, plus matte black. The cyan version will be exclusive to EE in the UK.

Microsoft has estimated the following prices for the phones: (prices don't include tax)

Lumia 640: £99 or £15.50 per month from Carphone Warehouse, EE, O2, Vodafone, Three, Amazon, Tesco and Virgin

Lumia 640 XL: £219 SIM-free

We expect the 640 will cost £120 for the 3G model, and £140 for LTE. It's likely the XL version will cost around £170 and £190 for 3G and LTE respectively.

Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications.

The Lumia 640 XL (above) comess in matte cyan (blue), orange and black, plus matte and glossy white.

Lumia 640, 640 XL specifications

First, it's important to say that both devices come with Windows Phone 8.1, but will be upgradeable to Windows 10. You can join the Windows Insider program and install the beta version of Windows 10 immediately, if you want to. Included with the phones are a year's subscription to Office 365, which itself includes 1TB of OneDrive storage plus access to Office on one PC, Mac or tablet. The phones also offer 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited worldwide calling per month.

The pair of handsets have the same core specifications including:

  • Quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor at 1.2GHz
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB storage (30GB free cloud storage)
  • microSD card slot (up to 128GB)
  • microSIM slot
  • microUSB charge/sync
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • 802.11n Wi-Fi
  • A-GPS
  • 1280x720 pixel screen

They're not identical of course. Here are the key specs for the Lumia 640:

5in IPS screen, 294ppi

2500mAh replaceable battery

8Mp main camera with LED flash, f/2.2 aperture, 1920x1080 video recording

0.9Mp front camera, f/2.4 aperture, 1280x720 video recording

 Here's everything you need to know about the Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications.

And these are the key specs for the Lumia 640 XL:

5.7in IPS screen, 259ppi

3000mAh replaceable battery

13Mp main camera with LED flash and Zeiss lens, f/2.0 aperture, 1920x1080 video recording

5Mp front camera, f/2.4 aperture, 1920x1080 video recording

 Here's everything you need to know about the Lumia 640 and 640XL release date, price and specifications.

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