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Microsoft Lumia 640, 640 XL, 940, 940 XL Release Date: What We Know So Far

( [email protected] ) Jul 28, 2015 12:49 AM EDT
Technology giant Microsoft has recently unveiled and hinted a slew of feature-packed Lumia models; the Microsoft Lumia 640 & 640 XL and the Lumia 940 & 940 XL, respectively. While the former has already been making the rounds in the gadgets world, the latter has yet to surface and are currently the subject of tech rumors. Find out more about these Windows OS-powered devices below.
Micorsoft Lumia 640 and 640 XL are releasing in April only on the AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Photo: Microsoft

Technology giant Microsoft has recently unveiled and hinted a slew of feature-packed Lumia models; the Microsoft Lumia 640 & 640 XL and the Lumia 940 & 940 XL, respectively. While the former has already been making the rounds in the gadgets world, the latter has yet to surface and are currently the subject of tech rumors. Find out more about these Windows OS-powered devices below.

Specs under the hood

Microsoft launched two new models back in March, the Lumia 640 and 640 XL during the MWC 2015 event held at Barcelona, Spain. At first glance, they are very similar phones differing mainly in their display sizes which are 5 inches and 5.7 inches.

After months of waiting, avid Lumia watchers are finally able to browse through the 640 and 640 XL's full specs list via their official Microsoft portals. In a nutshell, the duo are budget devices with 720p screens and relatively mediocre processors. The XL version has better front and rear cameras (5MP & 13MP, respectively) and a bigger 3,000 mAh battery. The smaller 640 handset is mainly available in a glossy finish, while the 640 XL is predominantly matte with white variant as the only glossy option.

While we now know a lot about the 640 and 640 XL, we have only heard scant information about Microsoft's long rumored Lumia 940 and 940 XL models. A recent leak from Dutch web site MyWindows.nl has divulged some insights into the unannounced devices. However, the said post is now unavailable as of this writing but folks from WMPowerUser.com are quick enough to report about what the leak has to offer.

According to the Dutch site, the Microsoft Lumia 940 is slated to come with a 5.2-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920. That translates to a crisp 424ppi pixel density. A Snapdragon 808 chipset may be found under the hood containing a hexa-core CPU along with Adreno 418 GPU. It's partnered with a generous 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal but expandable storage. A whopping 20MP PureView camera is fitted into the rear while a 5MP front snapper handles video calls and selfies.

The bigger Lumia 940 XL is going to feature a 5.7-inch screen with a 1440 x 2560 resolution-a combination that will offer a sharper 515ppi pixel density. Lurking within its shell is a 64-bit Snapdragon 810 chipset carrying an octa-core CPU and Adreno 430 GPU. While the 640 and 60 XL is scheduled to receive the Windows 10 update sometime after its release, the Lumia 940 and 940 XL is said to be running the latest Windows OS right out of the box.

Microsoft Lumia 640, 640 XL and 940, 940 XL release date

Fans of the mid-range 640 and 640 XL smartphones are already enjoying the perks of these Lumia models as they are already available globally. Meanwhile, Microsoft's lips are still tightly sealed about the newer models' release.

The same MyWindows.nl leak revealed few details about the Lumia 940 and 940 XL's price. Given the specs mentioned above, we know that these models are set to be the company's flagship smartphone handsets. The Dutch site claimed that it has a "trusted source" who said that the upcoming Lumia devices would have heftier price tags than those of the iPhone 6 and Galaxy S6. This may come as a surprise to smartphone fans as both the 940 and 940 XL will reportedly come with plastic polycarbonate body. In contrast, both Apple's and Samsung's current flagship models are made with premium metallic body.

As we are already seeing an increasing amount of speculations about these Lumia devices, we can expect a launch just around the corner. International Business Times reported that given Microsoft's launch history, we may assume that the company will unveil its latest models around November. Since the Redmond-based tech giant has yet to confirm anything, it's safer to just take this rumor with a grain of salt.