Microsoft may have recently unveiled its new operating system, Windows 10, but it’s not quite ready to launch new flagship mobile hardware just yet. Instead, the company introduced two new mid-market Lumia models at Mobile World Congress – the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL – both of which run on Windows Phone 8.1 but will be upgradeable to Windows 10 later this year.
“The Lumia 640 has a great 8-megapixel camera including a front-facing camera perfect for Skype, a long-lasting battery and fast LTE connectivity,” said Stephen Elop, executive vice president of the Microsoft Devices Group. “We’ve also integrated Microsoft Office services with 30 GB of cloud storage on OneDrive.”
Both the Lumia 640 and 5.7-inch XL model will come with a free one-year subscription to Office 365 Personal, plus 1TB of OneDrive storage and 60 free minutes of Skype Unlimited Worldwide calling per month.
The Lumia 640 XL will be available later this month with prices starting from €189 euros for 3G and €219 euros for LTE. The Lumia 640, meanwhile, will be available from April, with prices starting from €139.
At Mobile World Congress, Elop also revealed the AT&T Mobile Office Suite – a cloud-based, mobile collaboration solution for small-to-medium sized business customers in the US.
“Fully integrated and affordable, with predictable monthly costs, the AT&T Mobile Office Suite offers customers fast, easy and highly-secure access to voice calls, e-mail, calendars, instant messaging, HD video conferencing, desktop sharing, file sharing, and more,” he said. “The solution will help SMEs succeed in the mobile-first world, by equipping them with hardware and services aimed at productivity and collaboration.”
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