Lumia 640 goes on sale in the UK
The new budget Lumia supports EE’s Wi-Fi calling
The smaller of the duo announced in March, the 5-inch Microsoft Lumia 640, has officially arrived in the United Kingdom. Microsoft Store UK is now selling the new model (the LTE variant) for £169.99 with color options limited to orange and black.
The Lumia 640 and the larger 640 XL come with latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 on-board, which brings minor improvements in addition to Lumia Denim.
Meanwhile, EE has announced the launch of Wi-Fi calling available for just a few devices – Lumia 640, Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. This feature would allow Lumia 640 owners to make calls and send texts while they are connected to home or commercial Wi-Fi networks indoors or outdoors.
EE’s Wi-Fi calling, which will be available for paying monthly customers, doesn’t require a dedicated app to be installed, and uses Lumia’s native phone dialer instead. More devices including future Lumia phones will be added by this summer, so that Wi-Fi calling could be used by 5 million EE customers in the UK.
Microsoft Lumia 640 is a mid-range device with a 5-inch HD display. Powering the phone is a quad-core Snapdragon 400 while the internal storage is 8 Gigs. The phone also has an 8 MP camera with flash, 2500 mAh battery, and 1 GB of RAM.
The 5.7-inch Lumia 640 XL, which is yet to arrive in the UK, has a similar design, but improved backside camera with PureView branding, and a larger battery.