Microsoft announces new affordable Lumia devices


New “affordable” devices will begin rolling out to selected territories this month

Microsoft announced the affordable Lumia 640 and 640XL handsets at a press conference at Mobile World Congress this morning.

The 640 has a five-inch display, 8MP camera, a 1.2GHz processor and 2500mAh battery. It is priced at €139 for the 3G version and €159 for the 4G version.

A beefed up XL variant which comes with a 5.7-inch screen, 3000mAH battery and 13MP camera was also announced. It will be priced at €189 for the 3G version and €219 for the 4G handset.

The 640XL will come in matte cyan, orange and black, and both matte and glossy white. The 640 will come in glossy cyan, orange and white, and matte black.

Both devices will be available in single and dual SIM format.

The XL version will begin rolling out this month with the 640 to follow in April. It will be available in the UK through Dixons Carphone, O2 and EE.

The devices also come with a year’s subscription to Office 365, 60 global Skype minutes every month for a year and 1TB of OneDrive storage. The subscription can be used on one smartphone, one tablet and one PC.

Microsoft Devices executive vice president Stephen Elop (pictured) told assembled media and press that that for businesses ‘you can get three 640’s for the price of one flagship model’.