Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6 Comparison

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6 Comparison

By Rich W Woods

Since receiving the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL last week, the most requested comparison I’ve received is for the iPhone 6. After all, the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has a pretty awesome camera. It stands to reason that we compare it with one of the best non-Lumia cameras on the market.

I’m not going to be able to compare benchmarks. There are really no comparable benchmark apps between Windows Phone and iOS. Maybe we can look at some battery tests a little later.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6: Specs

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL iPhone 6
CPU 1.2 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400 1.4 GHz Dual Core A8
GPU Adreno 305 PowerVR GX6450
Display 5.7″, 720p, 259 ppi, IPS LCD 4.7″, 750p, 326 ppi, IPS LCD
Body 157.9×81.5×9 mm, 171 g 138.1x67x6.9 mm, 129 g
Camera 13 MP, 4128×3096, 5 MP Front 8 MP, 3264×2448, 1.2 MP Front
Video 1080p – 30 fps, Front 1080p – 30 fps 1080p – 60 fps, Front 720p – 30 fps
Aperture f/2 f/2.2
Sensor Size 1/3″ 1/3″
Focal Length 28 mm 29 mm
Storage 8 GB, Expandable to 128 GB 16/64/128 GB
Battery 3000 mAh 1810 mAh
Price ??? $649/$749/$849

There is really never any sense in comparing specs with an iPhone. In fact, there is no sense in comparing specs with any two phones that are running two different operating systems.

We can see that the iPhone has a better display, coming in at 326 ppi and that the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has a much larger battery. Other than that, we will have to leave our judgements up to results.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6: Rear Camera

The first thing that most people will notice when comparing these two cameras is that the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has the higher resolution, coming in at 13 MP while the iPhone 6 comes in at 8 MP. This is because we, as consumers, have been trained to believe that resolution is what matters in a smart phone camera.

It’s not. Note that a 4K UHD display is 8.3 MP, and that’s at 16:9. Since you’re taking your photos at 4:3, anything over about 6 MP is going to have to be scaled down to fit your display.

What does matter is the fact that the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL has a larger aperture. Aperture is the opening of the lens, so a larger aperture will bring better low light performance.

One key advantage that the iPhone 6 has is phase detection autofocus. This allows all of the photos to be super sharp, essentially always focusing.

Of course, when it comes to smart phone cameras, hardware is the least important part. The most important factor in a smart phone camera is the software and the firmware. That’s what assures that the colors are accurate and so on.

Both Apple and Nokia, now Microsoft, have historically been the best at camera firmware and software. That’s why Apple can get away with no manual controls on the camera.

The Microsoft Lumia 640 XL runs the latest Lumia Camera 5 software, which is just awesome. It has a Rich Capture feature that allows the user to adjust exposure of an image after it’s been taken.

Please note that in order to enlarge the images, simply click or tap on them. To view the full size images, there is a link in the gallery.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL iPhone 6

For the most part, both cameras look exactly the same. That’s a good thing. They’re both awesome cameras. We can see that the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is a bit better at night; however, the iPhone 6 is better with the flash on, which is expected since the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL only has a single LED flash.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6: Front Camera

While resolution doesn’t matter in a rear camera, sometimes it does in a front camera. We can stand a lower resolution in a front camera since selfies don’t need to be cropped as much. 1080p is 2.1 MP at 16:9; however, at 4:3, the 1.2 MP front camera of the iPhone 6 is still enough to fill the screen. If you’re using a higher resolution display, you can start to see the difference.

As we can see, the front camera of the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is awesome in daylight, but we can see the iPhone 6 starts to do better as we get less lighting. This is undoubtedly due to the larger pixels that we get from a lower resolution camera.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6: Battery

As I said, we really can’t compare the performance of these two devices. AnTuTu is available for both platforms, but it is very feature lacking on Windows Phone. We can, however, test the battery of each.

I use Geekbench 3 to test battery on iOS and Android. Since Geekbench 3 is not available on Windows Phone, I use WP Bench. The results may not be as accurate as it would be if we used the same app, but the results were as expected, so I’ll show them.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL iPhone 6

Lumia 640 XL iPhone 6As we can see, the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL gets much better battery life, which was expected as the Lumia 640 XL’s battery is almost twice the size as the iPhone 6’s.

Microsoft Lumia 640 XL vs iPhone 6: Conclusion

When I was at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Microsoft announced the Microsoft Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL. I think I heard the phrase “flagship features in low cost devices” about a million times.

We just compared the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL against the flagshipiest of the flagships, the iPhone 6, and it stood tall. We can see that the camera is right on par. With features such as Rich Capture and manual settings, it’s fair to say that the Lumia 640 XL comes out on top. Aside from that, we have a massive battery.

When Microsoft said they were adding flagship features, they weren’t kidding and we just proved it.

One more thing that I want to add. The 6xx series of Lumias has historically been the low end of the mid-range. What can we expect from a 740? What about a Lumia 840? How about this? What can we expect from the Lumia 940? If they can sell a gem like the Lumia 640 XL for around $250, what are they going to sell for $600 with the flagship?

In short, the question to ask is, if they’re putting flagship features in low cost devices, what do they put in the actual flagships? I think there are very exciting things ahead from Microsoft.


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About the author
Rich Woods

Being a computer programmer wasn't enough to fulfill his love of technology. In 2013, Rich founded For the Love of Tech and has been writing about his love of tech ever since.

  • juanchoweb

    Good review. Pls keep it up!