With Microsoft prematurely announcing both the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL, we here at GeekOnGadgets can further add to this reveal that the “Lumia 640 XL” is none other than the same device that was leaked and rumored as the “Lumia 1330”. We understand that as part of Microsoft’s attempt to make the Lumia line-up easier to understand; they’ve done away with the 13xx range of devices that didn’t really fit in anywhere.
The Lumia 1320 was a 6 inch device, with a 720p screen, a 5 megapixel camera and a Snapdragon 400 processor; a mid-range device by all means even by 2013’s standards. However the larger screen size gave the Lumia 1320 a class range of its own; which didn’t make much sense, as it ended up between the Lumia 1020 and 1520, both of which were high-end flagship status devices. The “XL” moniker added on the Lumia 640 is Microsoft’s way of correcting this, offering a selection of large screened devices (read: phablets), without completely throwing the numbering system out the window.
Should Microsoft continue with this naming scheme, we might possibly see the Lumia 1520’s successor be called something around the lines of “Lumia 940 XL”, which certainly wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, given how at the moment the Lumia 1520 and 930 are identical in every aspect except for screen size (and screen type/technology). If Microsoft are successful in breathing some sense into the Lumia line-ups naming scheme, it would certainly make it much easier for smartphone novices to make an informed purchase.
Furthermore we can also add that the Lumia 640 and the 640 XL will be the only two devices to be announced tomorrow at Microsoft’s press conference. As we reported several months ago MWC will be a high-end free event for Microsoft, as no flagship status devices are expected to drop till the second half of 2015 (likely September). Although this might seem like an odd decision it’s no different than what Microsoft have done over the past few years, announcing only the Lumia 520 and 720 at MWC 13 (as well as some Asha devices).