Tomorrow morning at its Mobile World Congress press conference, Microsoft will announce some number of new Lumia handsets, among them the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. Unfortunately for the software giant, an errant early post on its News Center has revealed some details about these two devices a day early.
Both devices are mid-tier handsets. That is, neither is a flagship.
The Lumia 640 sports a 5-inch 720p display and is powered by a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage (with microSD expansion), an 8.7 MP rear camera (like that from the Lumia 830, presumably), a 1 MP fixed focus “selfie” camera, and dual-SIM LET capabilities. You can add Qi-based wireless charging with an accessory cover. Pricing is expected to be under $300 US.
The Lumia 640 XL represents a new (and overdue) Lumia naming convention, with XL used for Windows Phone phablets (or what we will soon call Windows Phablets, I guess). This device is what we previously called the Lumia 1330, and it is exactly the same device as the 640, albeit with a bigger 5.7-inch screen (still at 720p).
Both phones previously showed up in AdDuplex’s tracking data. The Lumia 640 is model number RM-1072 to 77 (depending on market) and the Lumia 640 XL is RM-1062 to 67 (depending on market).
Both phones should be sold in the United States, with at least one of them on AT&T Wireless. We’ll know more after the press conference, of course. (It’s happening at 2:30 am ET (8:30 am CET) tomorrow morning and you can watch along live on the web if you want. I’ll be asleep.)