What does the world need? MOAR LUMIAS!
Microsoft launched two new affordable Windows phones, the Lumia 640, and a larger, phablet version, the Lumia 640 XL, on Monday at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona.
And, while detailing some of the new features of its forthcoming Windows 10 operating system, it was flogging the new smartphones with a bonus one-year subscription to its personal cloud office suite, Microsoft Office 365.
The core stats of the phones are typical for mid-range phones: 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (expandable with microSD), quad core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processors. The RAM is an important upgrade from the current models in this price bracket, the Lumia 630 and 635; these only have 512MB, which limits their software compatibility. Both phones sport 1280×720 screens, again an upgrade from the 854×480 of the 630/635.
In another important upgrade over the 630/635, both include proximity and ambient light sensors. They also add digital compasses, and support the SensorCore platform, enabling them to somewhat function as pedometers.
Over at Lumia Conversations, there is a guest post by Stephen Elop:
I'm not surprised by this. MS didn't want to be completely silent, but at the same time they don't want to release a new Flagship without Windows 10.