Microsoft Lumia 640 coming to T-Mobile and MetroPCS later this spring

Lumia 640

Early this morning, here in sunny Barcelona, Microsoft took the wraps off its latest mid-range smartphones: The Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. And at least one of those is making its way to T-Mobile and MetroPCS shelves later this spring. The carrier announced this morning that it will be selling the Lumia 640, making it a direct follow-up to the 635 which was released last year.

On the spec side, it’s a pretty impressive phone considering where it fits in the market. Key features include:

  • 5-inch, 720 x 1280 resolution LCD screen
  • 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 2,500mAh battery
  • 8MP camera
  • LED flash
  • Windows Phone 8.1 – Planned upgrade to Windows 10 for phones
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB onboard storage
  • Wide-angle 0.9MP front facing camera
  • 8.8mm thin

Surprisingly, despite being 8.8mm in thickness, it still felt like a really thin device when I got my hands on it earlier today. At least, it is thin compared to its predecessor. It feels solidly made, as all Lumias do and the user interface was fast and fluid. The screen might not be the brightest around, but its colors are vibrant and contrast is good for a mid-range device. It has a pixel density of 294ppi, making it plenty sharp enough and with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 to make sure it doesn’t get too scratched up during daily use.

The one thing I will say about the device is that the back is really shiny, at last on the blue model I had. That means it gathers fingerprints really easily, and shows even the most tiny of scratches. Apart from that, if you’re looking for a wallet-friendly Windows Phone this year, the 640 could be a great option.

Check out the full specs on Microsoft’s landing page.

Source: T-Mobile

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PRESS RELEASE:

“T-Mobile and MetroPCS Have You Covered this Spring with the Microsoft Lumia 640
Ask for more Mobile World Congress news and you shall receive: on the heels of Microsoft’s global unveiling of the Lumia 640, the Un-carrier™ announced it will launch the device this spring at T-Mobile and MetroPCS – the only wireless providers to be shipping the Lumia 640 with Wi-Fi Calling out of the box, allowing customers to make calls beyond the reach of cellular networks over a Wi-Fi connection.

The Lumia 640 comes with Cortana, your personal digital assistant who can organize and keep track of your life, so you can spend more time doing the things you love, like using your favorite music streaming apps on the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network. And with Music Freedom™, high-speed data charges do not apply.”

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  • VG

    Nice, but will Microsoft ever release a high-end flagship phone? Windows Phone is going to die a slow death. Not counting the HTC One M8 for Windows, it has been ages since The Microsoft/Nokia Lumia 925 on T-Mobile.

    • kgraham182

      Microsoft said they will release a flagship device when Windows 10 is ready. The 930 and 1520 are perfectly fine. Phone processor are going the way computer cpus, the hz race is over its all about efficiency now.

    • mattdistro

      No flagships until Windows 10 is released according to Microsoft.

      • Which means October at earliest, just before the holiday season.

        • monkeybutts

          I’ve heard Windows 10 might be launched as early as June or July, but who knows they love October for launches lately. Makes more sense to launch before September in my opinion where back to school sales are happening on laptops.

    • Taylor

      If HTC phones come with windows on them, Im sorry to hell you this they are also considered windows phones. Thank you.

      • VG

        Yes, I understand the HTC One M8 is a Windows Phone, but it was basically ignored in the media (especially since the Windows version was announced months after the release of the initial Android one). Everyone thinks of the HTC One as first and foremost an Android phone. The new HTC One M9 that was just announced is an Android device, no mention of a Windows version.

        I’m just saying that while everyone is going gaga over iPhones and Android phones from Samsung, HTC & LG; meanwhile, Microsoft is doing a poor job of promoting its own phones and OS in the U.S., and even a worse job with distinguishing their products in the T-Mobile lineup.

        • Taylor

          I think its an excellent job. I love the way they look to be honest. I love what Microsft is doing. Hey Windows phones are also considered to be android phones also. I do understand what you mean though, as far as the HTC one M9 not being mention as a windows considered phone is concerned. They just because they are known as androids, does not mean that they are not also considered as windows phones. Some HTC phones are windows phones/some of them are just plain old android. Ahaha. Again I do see where you getting at. :)

      • Taylor

        Not if right before the HTC word. Whoops. HTC do come* tell* Sorry mistypo there. lol ahaha

    • Cornelius Hardy

      I’ve been holding onto my 925 until Tmobile gets a windows phone worth buying. Had the 521, and got the 635 for my kid.

    • jay_max

      Microsoft has stated it intends to launch at least one new flagship-level device with Windows 10 this fall. That’s really not that far away.

      • VG

        The Lumia 925 was released in June 2013. Waiting over two years for the next “flagship” Windows Phone on T-Mobile is a very long time. The HTC One M8 with Windows Phone does not support WiFi Calling, so I don’t consider it a “flagship” phone since one of the critical T-Mobile features is missing.

        • I don’t consider any of T-Mobile’s phones at present as flagships, because it is not at least 5.5 inches in size, and/or (in some cases) it’s missing a critical T-Mobile feature.

          A flagship phone won’t come until about the time Windows 10 begins to be shipped, which is August at earliest. It would be a complete waste of resources to release one before then. Microsoft made a critical mistake of releasing two Verizon phones – the Lumia Icon and the Samsung Ativ SE – a few months before Windows Phone 8.1 was released. They’re determined not to make that mistake again with any phone, flagship or not.

        • JonBarros

          t mobile makes the call on what phone is on their network. The exclusive deal with att over the 1520 has to be over by now, they could have sold the 930 or even the mid range 1320 and they chose not to. Even if there was a new flagship released t mobile wouldnt sell it. The 640 xl is a much better version of the 640 and the unlocked lte model is like $70 more, they just dont want to sell it.

  • kgraham182

    Windows phones are hard to find for TMO, I’ll be getting the 640XL dual sim LTE which has AT&T and TMO bands. 5.7″ screen, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP wide angle front camera and 3000 mAh battery. Battery is removable and comes with a microSD card slot.

    • Same here, because I don’t have much faith in the fact that T-Mobile will carry the Lumia 640 XL.

  • VG

    And I just read that AT&T will have the initial exclusive on the XL model in the US. When will these phone manufacturers ever learn? The only way to make a dent against Apple and Android devices is to release a nice phone on all carriers simultaneously. The 640 looks like a decent phone, but the 640XL definitely has much better specs.

    • kgraham182

      The exclusive iPhone deal was the best thing that could happen for AT&T. If TMO could work out some exclusive deals with Sony Z series, Blackberry, and a flapship windows phone people would have no choice but to jump aboard.

      • Joe

        Ya but that is not very uncarear and even John said that its stupid to have exclusives at one point in time.

        • Justin Smith

          *Uncarrier

      • VG

        Those days are long gone. Nobody is switiching carriers just to get a particular smartphone that is only available on a specific carrier. Sure, AT&T did get tons of new customers who wanted the iPhone back in the day when the iPhone was the ONLY real smartphone available, but things have changed since then.

        • Taylor

          Well I’m glad they’ve changed now. No more going back to AT&T just for an stupid Iphone now, knowing you can just simply get it either from T-Mobile, Sprint or Verizon Wireless. T-Mobile has been a better choice for us consumers here though. #teamuncarrier #teamt-mobile

      • monkeybutts

        Sony wants out of the phone game, exclusives aren’t likely to change their minds.

    • The dual SIM 640 XL is really gonna smash sales records for Microsoft here in the States! It’s a direct bypass from the locked prospect of the single AT&T SIM version.

      • eanfoso

        Lol good luck getting an American variant of a dual SIM phone.

        • English is just good enough. The dual SIM phone supports ALL GSM-network LTE bands worldwide.

        • eanfoso

          Not even the English, but just the whole band support, wow I didn’t know that, I’m rocking the Lumia 1520 but a dual SIM would definitely be nice, specially if I can get LTE anywhere in the world.

    • Iamnumber6

      Seriously. WTF is wrong with Microsoft? An exclusive with ATT? Sure that makes perfect sense to exclude the 50 million customers on T-mobile. Idiots. Nothing like limiting your market and potential sales. And then they wonder why people move on and buy other options like android. I repeat, Idiots.

  • I’m gonna bypass all of the logistics and get the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL dual SIM. I know it won’t be before October when we can expect T-Mobile to carry the single SIM version of the Lumia 640 XL.

    • jay_max

      I was thinking the same thing, but isn’t there an issue with using Wi-Fi calling if you don’t buy the handset directly from TMO? Any 1520.3 owners care to comment?

      • Yes. Wi-Fi Calling is only available on T-Mobile branded phones. Which means if you buy a T-Mobile branded Lumia 925, it has Wi-Fi Calling which can be activated, even if you unlock it to run on AT&T.

        • jay_max

          Yeah, that’s what I thought. Was thinking of getting the 640 XL direct from Microsoft if TMO doesn’t carry it, but I do need Wi-Fi calling.

  • dontsh00tmesanta

    how much

    • nutmac

      It looks to be a direct replacement of 635, which costs $100 from T-Mobile.

    • eanfoso

      In Europe it’ll cost 159€ so around 180$ no prices for America just yet.

  • Roger Sales

    B12 LTE onboard? voLTE?

    • VoLTE is Band 2, which is 1900. So yes, it’s there on all models.

  • eanfoso

    Yai! T mobile is getting some love lol

  • new smartphone user

    As a T-Mobile Lumia 521 user, I have come to be a Windows OS fan and now there is a great phone to upgrade to, but no! T-Mobile passes on the 640XL!? VG has it right, the AT&T exclusive on the 640XL is a big mistake…it’s going to limit sales and keep the WP market share shrinking! I am going to have to consider learning Android.

    • kgraham182

      Don’t blame AT&T for striking an exclusive deal, T-Mobile could of done the same. Fortunately the 640 XL Dual SIM can be bought through the Microsoft Store.

    • fentonr

      T-Mobile has had some success selling low end Windows Phones so that seems to be all they’re interested in now. You should be able to pick up an unlocked 640xl from Microsoft’s online store when it launches. They’re typically one of the cheapest Lumia sellers anyway.

    • Ordeith

      Better to change carriers to one that cares about WP users. T-Mobile does not.

  • fhritp

    This phone is a waste of space on the sales wall. I’d honestly rather see anything else take its place.

  • Cornelius Hardy

    why can we never get the larger phones. I waited forever for a 1520 which never happened, and now the same thing is about to happen with this one. Pretend it’s a Samsung galaxy and take every phone that comes out so we can have more choices.

    • fentonr

      T-Mobile doesn’t seem to want to offer high end Windows Phones.

      • JonBarros

        its $244 for the unlocked 640 xl that has the bigger screen and the 5mp front facing camera and 13mp rear camera. i don’t understand why they couldn’t offer both. Att probably will. or at the very least offer the better version.

        • fentonr

          Yeah, I wish they would have both. I think I saw somewhere that AT&T has an exclusive for a while on the 640xl but that you should be able to get an unlocked one from Microsoft.

        • And eventually, T-Mob and MetroPCS will have both. They just won’t have the Lumia 640 XL during the spring. Earliest you can expect the Lumia 640 XL at T-Mobile and Metro will be June 20.

        • Scott

          Buying the phone directly from Microsoft is the best option anyway. No need for carrier apps, etc. Plus it doesn’t get you sucked into financing the phone.

        • fentonr

          I agree, nothing wrong with a zero percent interest loan and carrier apps are removable, but, Microsoft stores provide great service and they’re cheaper. Add to it that they won’t attempt to talk you out of the phone you went into the store to buy or hound you to add extra services and its a no brainer.

        • Both of the GSM carriers in the States will offer both phones by the end of this upcoming summer season.

  • mezcal

    So-so hardware. Missing wifi AC. AWS completely deprecated now?? No band 12??

    Still, these are the only devices I’ve seen previewed at MWC that I might actually buy.

    • monkeybutts

      It has bands 2, 4, and 12 for T-mobile.

      • Actually, all of the 640s have all of the world’s LTE bands. That means the European models also have the American LTE bands and vice versa.

    • fentonr

      AC wifi on a sub $200 phone? That seems like asking a lot.

  • 9to5Slavery

    This is half ass’ed windows phone.

    • monkeybutts

      It’s supposed to be a successor to the 635, it’s not a high end phone. I’d rather have this around christmas time when it goes on sale for around 50 to 70 than a cheap android in the same price range. Windows phone doesn’t need the same specs android does to run well.

      • Acdc1a

        I would like to test drive the XL. I’m drooling over having full Windows 10! Don’t tease me Microsoft…

        • 9to5Slavery

          you got paid by microsoft

        • Acdc1a

          Nope…Windows Phone is a great OS without app support. Full windows would solve that. I assume you’ve not used it and are making assumptions.

        • 9to5Slavery

          Could happen.

        • Bill Berry

          I don’t mean to be rude but how many apps are enough? What’s the magic number?

        • Acdc1a

          American Express, Chase, Google Maps just to name a few I use that are not available.

        • eanfoso

          Chase app: Pin the website to the home screen and it works just like the app, I actually still have my chase app before they pulled it from the store, American express same thing, pin the mobile site and it works just like the app, Google maps? To say that Google maps are in any way close to being better than here maps is laughable, especially since Google can’t give you yet offline navigation, ideal for traveling out of state or places where t mobile has sucky coverage.

        • Bill Berry

          Frankly, I’m not surprised; however, I don’t use Google Maps except on my PC; I use CoPilot which I’ve used on Windows Mobile 6.x, Android, and I understand it’s available for WP8.x. It has a few flaws but it’s good enough for me.

    • eanfoso

      Not really, not for the price and specially since you run Windows and not lagdroid

  • VG

    Note: Even though the 640 has an 8MP camera, I don’t believe it has the Zeiss lens (while the 640XL does have Zeiss). This being the case, I doubt the 640 will be able to take good photos.

    I have a Lumia 925 with the Zeiss lens, and the photos are quite good in both day and night, indoor and outdoor. I really hope T-Mobile will carry a Lumia with Zeiss lens in the near future. If the 640XL is available unlocked and supports T-Mobile LTE bands, that may be the phone for me after the Lumia 925 dies (although I will miss WiFi Calling).

    • fentonr

      I don’t think it matters a whole lot considering the 640 is supposed to be a sub $200 phone. If its anything like the rest of the Lumia line you’ll be able to get one for under $150 in no time. That said, a high end Windows Phone is badly needed. Cheap phones are great and sell volume, but the ecosystem starts to look crappy if there are no/few high end phones and T-Mobile rarely gets them even if one is released.

      • Ordeith

        It will probably be $150 from T-Mobile, $99 on other carriers with better coverage.
        Most of T-Mobile’s phone offerings are overpriced.

        • fentonr

          Possibly, either way, that’s still a lot of phone for the price.

  • Brian Perez

    Windows phone are not very impressive their cheap and lack all thr good things a phone needs thats why there market share has dwindled in the usa because no one wants them

    • fentonr

      Just wondering, but what are “all the good things a phone needs” that Windows Phone is lacking?

  • Geoff

    It’s already for sale on T-Mobile’s website http://www.t-mobile.com/cell-phones/microsoft-lumia-640.html

    • jay_max

      The specs don’t show Band 12. I hope that is a typo.

      • It is an error. All Lumia 640s and 640 XLs, no matter where they are being sold, support every LTE band in use by GSM networks worldwide.

  • Chris Meyers

    Now with ugly as hell ‘Microsoft’ logo and branding on the back :-P I wonder when theyre going to realize that Microsoft isnt a cool brand and thats like social suicide with that logo. Atleast with Nokia on the back you can respect that. Ah well MS and their perpetual 4% market share LOL

    • Ordeith

      Microsoft already released the MS Branded 535 in other markets. Sales of the 535 were on par or better than the Nokia branded handsets it replaced. So far the MS branding has been more help than hindrance.

    • Bill Berry

      It’s called a case dude!

    • fentonr

      I don’t think that is true, go talk to non geeks.

  • Chris Meyers

    Now with ugly as hell ‘Microsoft’ logo and branding on the back :-P I wonder when theyre going to realize that Microsoft isnt a cool brand and thats like social suicide with that logo. Atleast with Nokia on the back you can respect that. Ah well MS and their perpetual 4% market share LOL

  • tomarone

    When, if ever, will the HTC ONE M8 upgrade to Windows 10 Phone?

    • MuthaFuckinStephen

      Windows 10 for phones are still in beta. It’s not even complete yet.

      • tomarone

        I think Microsoft is committed to putting it on all their self-produced Lumia phones, I’m wondering if there’s a similar commitment on HTC phones.

        • fentonr

          I would think so. Microsoft has said that they will support phones for two years or something like that but it is up to HTC to provide firmware updates. If they don’t then I suppose Tmo will block the update to win 10.

    • Bill Berry

      Excellent point given how long T-Mobile gets around to officially releasing updates, especially given how long it took for the 8.1 update to the Lumia 925. The HTC One M8 for Windows has yet to receive the update to activate Wi-Fi calling on that device.

      • fentonr

        I wondered why texting didn’t work over gogo. I just figured tmo was sticking it to me as a WP user again…although I suppose they are for not getting after HTC to make an update.

    • tomarone

      I think the question should be:
      Can you run the Windows-10 Beta version on the HTC One M8???
      Should be able to.

  • The Spunkster

    No band 12 per the T-Mobile site.

    • tomarone

      Is band 12 expensive to produce or install in the HW of the phone?

    • monkeybutts

      The T-mobile site usually messes a lot of things up when it comes to bands on phones.

      • fentonr

        Sad, but true. I don’t know why either, sloppy mistakes like that get people in trouble where I work…i don’t see why it is so hard to take a box and type in what is printed on it.

    • Well, T-Mobile’s site is wrong. The Microsoft Mobile page, the sites.google page and gsmarena all confirm that the phone will have all of T-Mobile’s bands (1, 2, 4 and 12), in addition to all other LTE bands in use on all GSM networks worldwide. And that is for all Lumia 640s and 640 XLs, no matter where they’re being sold.

  • Deihmos

    Microsoft makes the worse phones ever. All cheap and ugly. I bought a lumia 635 just to try out windows but the phone is horrible. Returning it to amazon.

    • TheCudder

      It’s a low it end phone — .no ClearBlack Display, 480p display & no front facing camera. If you want something that feels good,looks good and is fast, you should be looking at the 8xx series & higher. AKA the Lumia phones T-Mobile never offer.

      • JonBarros

        its not a 480p screen its 720p screen and it does have a front facing camera.

        • Ordeith

          I think TheCudder was referring to the 635 that Deihmos lied about buying.

        • TheCudder

          Ordeith is correct in that I was referring to the Lumia 635 Deihmos mentioned. It’s resolution is 854 x 480 & it does not have a front-facing camera.

        • JonBarros

          sorry i read that to quick.

    • Ordeith

      It’s funny how afraid you are of Windows’ potential success.

      • Deihmos

        Why would I be afraid? Does not affect my life. The fact though is windows has been on the market for nearly 5 years and has not made any significant gains to the point that major banks are dropping support.

        • Ordeith

          It affects your life enough to come in to articles and lie about WP and make up BS about them. Interesting, that. Why do it if not out of fear?

        • Deihmos

          Sorry I don’t live in Cuba. I am entitled to my own opinion. That’s was my opinion of the phone.

        • Ordeith

          What’s scary is your sense of entitlement to your own stupidity.

        • Major banks never did support Microsoft Windows Phone. So, it’s impossible for them to drop support.

          All major banks did drop support for Google Android at the end of last year, after Apple put their NFC payment system together.

    • Iamnumber6

      Really, other than having no flash it is a great phone. Especially considering the price. You obviously didn’t actually use it because if you did you would at least acknowledge that it works great and is smooth and fluid.

      • fentonr

        Agreed. It really shout have a flash…that couldn’t add more than about 10 cents to the cost.

    • fentonr

      Its a fairly low end phone, and for $100, I think its pretty good. My wife uses one and likes it. It isn’t great but if you put it in the context that I could buy a 635 for my self, my wife, both of my parents and both of my sisters (and still have $50 left over) or buy an iPhone 6/galaxy s5 for myself then it seems like it is pretty good for the cost. It is a low end phone and what you get for the price is good. However, if you are comparing it to the iPhone or a galaxy s then it may not look so good because each cost considerably more.

    • GregoryGr

      Try a $100 android phone and tell us how it went.

    • FatManChew

      This is the perfect gym phone because I’ve dropped it, accidentally threw it and stepped on it and it still works as long as I’m not using IE.

  • Iamnumber6

    Are they going to carry the 640XL as well? It would be great to have the bigger version of this.

    • Yes. T-Mobile and MetroPCS will carry the Lumia 640 XL as well. However, don’t expect it in their stores before June 20.

      • Iamnumber6

        I hope you are correct. Thanks.

        • Mary

          No you are incorrect the 640 XL won’t be sold in MetroPCS stores, only the 640 XL will be sold in Tmobile stores. The 640 phone will however be sold in all MetroPCS stores though.

  • Travel

    Will T-Mobile carry the dual-sim version?

  • Bill Berry

    Correct me if I’m wrong, did they not say the same thing about the Lumia 1525? Anybody want to take a guess at its status today?

    • fentonr

      I don’t think Tmo ever said they were getting the 1525, I think that was just leaks, although I could be wrong on that.

  • eanfoso

    T-mobile has LTE on band 1?! Seriously?? I always thought it was only band 2,4 and recently band 12!

    • It’s 2, 4 and 12 on the standard 640, but it is all LTE bands worldwide on the dual SIM 640 XL.

      • eanfoso

        So….what does that have to do with my post again? great news btw.

  • T

    What is the big deal if you like the who care what these people say just buy the phone.

  • M

    Just release it already…… How long has Europe had it already???