The Lumia 640 is arguably the best low-end Windows Phone you can currently get, striking a nice balance between price and features. It is a generation behind, however, and with rumors of new mid-range Windows Mobile options looming on the horizon, Microsoft seems to be preparing for it by tipping the balance in a positive way towards pricing.
Specifically, Microsoft Store in the US is offering the Lumia 640 in matte black at $49 no contract, a $10 discount from the original price of $59.99. This means that for less than 50 dollars you are getting a 5-inch HD Clear Black display, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage with microSD expansion slot of up to 128GB, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400; in other words, an even more outstanding value proposition.
The phone will be running Windows Phone 8.1 with Lumia Denim out of the box, and is upgradable to Windows 10 Mobile when it comes. As with all recent Lumias produced under Microsoft, the back cover is completely exchangeable with a removable battery inside, so it should not be a problem if you’re not into black (alternatives from Mozo seems to be a good choice).
Even with newer phones coming, the Lumia 640, especially with the price drop, is still a great way to get into the Windows Mobile ecosystem without breaking the bank. Microsoft seems to be on a discounting spree as of late, and to properly take advantage of it, check out our post on recent Surface and Xbox deals.
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