Microsoft has launched two new models of its smartphones under Lumia brand, from its recently acquired mobile handset brand Nokia, saying “Powerful ideas can come at any time”, justifying the company’s late entry into the mobile phones domain.
To cover up its late entry into the mobile phone segment, Microsoft acquired Finland’s Nokia for $7.2 billion in April 2014.
Priced at Rs.15,799 and Rs.11,999, respectively, the 640XL and 640 enable users to access, edit and share Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents and OneNote notebooks with Microsoft Office suite.
Microsoft south India director of Microsoft Mobile Devices T.S. Sridhar told reporters in Bangalore during its launch time that both models, made in its Vietnam plant, come with a host of Microsoft office suite and add-ons.
“The XL model enables users to connect with work and personal e-mail while on the go, with Microsoft Outlook built-in,” Sridhar said. The XL model allows users to switch seamlessly between voice and video calls with built-in Skype integration feature.
With 1GB memory and a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, the 640XL enables users to access key documents or run their favourite websites, apps and games, said the company.”Both models have the latest version of Windows 8.1 and have dual SIM 3G variants,” Sridhar said.
To promote the product, Microsoft is offering a 12-month Office 365 Personal subscription worth Rs.3,299, with one TB of storage on OneDrive. Special offers from MobiKwik and Ola are included, but all these offers are valid if purchased till June.as an introductory offer.
The second model Lumia 640 will be available only on Flipkart, while 640 XL will be available for sale in Microsoft’s channel partners across the country, he said.
Both the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL run on Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim update. Powered by by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz coupled with 1GB of RAM, both devices come with 8GB built-in memory storage, expandable via microSD card up to 128GB.
The Lumia 640 is priced at Rs.11,999 and it sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It sports an 8MP rear camera and a 0.9MP front-facing camera for selfies.
In case of the Lumia 640 XL, a large 5.7-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS LCD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3, with a 13MP rear camera with Zeiss optics and a 5MP front camera are the additional features. The Lumia 640 XL also comes with a higher range 3000mAh battery, while the Lumia 640 Dual SIM has only a 2500mAh battery.
On 4G cmpatibility, Microsoft is still pondering the possibility of lining up more models once the infrastructure in India for high speed internet is available widely. It has offered only one 4G-compatible device, Lumia 638 (priced at about Rs 6,800).
“There are a number of 4G-compatible devices in our portfolio, we are ready with the handsets. Once infrastructure is ready, we will bring more 4G devices in,” another director Raghuvesh Sarup told PTI.
Presently, Airtel and Aircel are providing 4G services in some metros and Reliance Jio is likely to launch the high-speed Internet service soon.
Besides, Lumia 638, Lenovo’s A6000 and A7000, Yu’s Yureka and Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G are the smartphones in the market with 4G compatibility and priced in the budget range of around Rs.10,000.
Microsoft Lumia 640/Lumia 640 XL Common Specs:
– Windows Phone 8.1 w/ Lumia Denim
– 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 processor
– 5-inch/5.5-inch 720p HD display w/ Gorilla Glass 3
– 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 128GB expandability
– Dual SIM support, HSPA+
– 0.9MP/5MP front snapper, 8MP/13MP rear shooter.