Here’s our another Microsoft Lumia 640XL (P10,490 price) comparison pitting against the popular budget phone, Lenovo K3 Note (P7,990 price). Find out below if which phone won in our ultimate comparison and review.
Design and build
The two phones are made of removable polycarbonate back and they come with attractive color options. Our Lumia 640XL is cyan, while the K3 Note has solid yellow coating.
Measuring at 8mm thick, the K3 Note is 1mm thinner than the Lumia 640XL. Overall dimension is also more compact and the weight is 20g lesser. Despite having a thick bezel and larger profile, the Lumia 640XL remain robust.
The Lenovo K3 Note relies on capacitative home keys while the 640XL uses on-screen keys of Windows Phone 8.1. At the side of each phone are physical controls for volume and power.
For their affordable suggested retail price, both remain solid and attractive phones.
Flaunting on front of Lumia 640XL is a 5.7-inch HD IPS LCD display with ClearBlack technology of Microsoft. Picture quality is brighter and colors are more accurate compared to the 5.5-inch FHD IPS LCD of K3 Note.
Outdoor test also proved that the ClearBlack on Lumia made the display more readable and reliable outside.
Winner: Lumia 640XL
Deciding on which camera is better is quite hard. The Lumia 640XL utilizes a 13MP main camera with Carl Zeiss optics. Its images are sharp and bright even in low light and night scenes. It struggle a bit in color accuracy but we guess this is due to the software algorithms which could be remedied by software update.
The K3 Note images and videos are softer than Lumia 640XL, we like the daylight shots but the low light and night shots are too underexposed.
Winner: Still image – Lumia 640XL, Video – Lumia 640XL
Lumia 640XL beats the Lenovo K3 Note in terms of speaker quality and power. Though the sound quality on K3 Note is clear, speaker on 640XL remain more balanced and volume is louder.
Winner: Lumia 640XL
We didn’t include a performance test because the Windows Phone platform lacks benchmark apps. By figures, the Lenovo K3 Note has more power over the Lumia, thanks to the MediaTek 6752 octacore chipset and 2GB RAM.
Lenovo K3 Note is also few thousands cheaper, but if you are going for single SIM 3G-only model of Lumia 640XL, then you could get it near to K3 Note’s price too.
If you are a power-user then the K3 Note is the right choice for you, but if you want a better camera and smoother software experience then go for Microsoft Lumia 640XL.
Microsoft Lumia 640XL specs
Lenovo K3 Note
|5.7-inch HD IPS display, 259ppi||5.5-inch FHD IPS, 401 ppi|
|9mm thick, 171g weight||8mm thick, 150g|
|Gorilla Glass 3, Clear Black IPS||Scratch resistant glass|
|Snapdragon 400 quadcore||MediaTek MT6572 octacore|
|1GB RAM||2GB RAM|
|8GB internal, microSD card 128GB max||16GB internal storage, microSD card slot up to 32GB|
|13MP camera, Rich Capture, Carl Zeiss optics, LED flash, 1080p video||13MP autofocus, 1080p or FHD video, dual-LED flash, HDR|
|5MP selfie camera, 1080p video||5MP selfie camera, 720p video|
|4G LTE dual or single, 3.5G dual or single, WiFi n, Bt 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, NFC||Dual SIM, 4G LTE, WiFi n, Bt 4.0, FM Radio, GPS, NFC|
|Windows Phone 8.1 Lumia Denim version||Android 5.0 Lollipop|
|Orange, White, Black, Cyan||White, Yellow|
|P9,490 single 3G, P10,490 dual 4G LTE as of August 25||P7,990 price as of August 25|
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