A few months after the release of the new version of its operating system, Windows 10, Microsoft joins the list of compatible phones two new models. This morning, in Barcelona, the company has introduced the Lumia 640 and XL 640, two smartphones featuring 5.7-inch screen that will be on sale from April for less than $$245 for the LTE model, $211 for 3G version.
It is a new assault on the Redmond company to the low and mid range, the niche that seems to have found in the complicated career smartphone. The company ended 2014, according to IDC, with 2.7% of global telephony market, far from the 14.8% in the second operating system, Apple iOS and the clear winner in market share, Android, which is present in over 81.5% of smartphones in the world.
The 640 is a phone with 720p resolution, eight megapixel camera and support for LTE networks telephony. It will cost 159 euros and 20 euros less if you choose to do without the support LTE. The 640XL has the same resolution as a larger screen, but advocates a 13 megapixel camera with better quality optics. It will cost 189 euros in its 3G version and 219 euros if you prefer to support LTE.
Both phones will be part of the ambitious campaign prepares to launch Microsoft Windows 10. This operating system will be shared by PCs, tablets and phones and is the focus of the new strategy of Microsoft. “Windows is our home, the place where you can enjoy the best that Microsoft offers is an environment where we can bring different experiences. Skype, Cortana -the virtual assistant company OneDrive … are essential parts of a Windows designed to delight users, “said Stephen Elop, Nokia’s former president and now vice president of Microsoft devices.
Integration with the services ‘cloud’ of Microsoft will be just one of the attractions of these new phones. Both include a one-year subscription to the office suite Office 365 and up to a terabyte of storage in the OneDrive remote.
The company has used the fair in Barcelona to also launch a foldable and lightweight wireless keyboard compatible with phones and tablets any platform. The Microsoft Universal Foldable Keyboard is resistant to liquids and will be available in July.