The Microsoft event at MWC 2015, Barcelona, Spain just ended.
It lasted 40mins and within that time former Nokia CEO Stephen Elop announced a couple of pretty impressive Lumia devices.
The Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640XL.
The Lumia 640 packs a 5inch 720p HD displa, an 8MP camera with LED flash, a 2500mAh battery and it will come in both single and Dual SIM versions, and those will have 3G and LTE variants as well. It will be available in April for 139€ (for the 3G version) and 159€ (for the LTE version)
The Lumia 640XL is the bigger version of the Lumia 640, it packs a 5.7inch 720p HD display, a 3,000mAh battery with a Carl Zeiss 13MP camera and LED flash. But don't let the specs scare you, it is actually affordable, the 3G version will cost 190€ and the LTE version (coming to At&t, T-Mobile in the US and other carriers around the world)) will cost 220€
|Lumia 640 XL|
There are a few perks with buying either of these new Microsoft branded Lumia devices. You get 1TB OneDrive storage, 1 year free subscription to Microsoft Office Suite and in that time 60 Skype minutes every month for making those international calls.
Also while these devices will be released with Windows 8.1, they will most certainly be upgraded to Windows 10 later this year.
S.Elop got help from a couple of Microsoft employees to demo Windows 10 on Phone.
Next we saw a quick hands on with the Project Spartan browser on a Lumia 930 running Windows 10 build, it's a new browser that will eventually replace Internet Explorer and it was built from the ground up with a new browsing engine and optimized for Windows 10. The reading list feature of the browser was specifically demonstrated.
|Project Spartan on Lumia 930|
The Universal Apps... Outlook Mail, Calendar, Word, Excel and PowerPoint were also demo'ed , along with the new Maps app and Cortana too. Showing how working between your PC, tablet or Phone running Windows 10 seamlessly syncs all your activities across these platforms. but nothing we haven't really seen before from January's Windows 10 event in Redmond, WA.
What was new was the support for Bluetooth keyboard on Windows 10, you will be able to connect and use a Bluetooth keyboard with your Lumia running Windows 10, as this will be supported when the new OS is launched later this year.
|Microsoft Bluetooth Keyboard|
Again we took a look at the new Surface Hub, a gigantic 84inch Ultra HD digital whiteboard that offers the best features when it comes to collaborations and meetings.
You can watch/re-live the entire Microsoft event @ MWC 2015 (40mins)
We saw the new messaging app which integrates Skype chat with your regular SMS (think Google's Hangouts). This is one features I am really looking forward to. the UI looked nice too.
|New messaging with Skype integrated|
The next build for Windows 10 will be very interesting. S.Elop did mention that high end flagship Lumia devices will be released later this year running the new Windows 10 OS, that is definitely something to be excited about.
Again, you can watch the event on demand, it's only 45-mins long: WATCH IT