If you want an affordable yet functional smartphone, the Microsoft Lumia 540 is the perfect one for you. From the bowels of Microsoft’s take over from Nokia, the familiar Windows interface and signature case colours epitomize the Microsoft Lumia 540 to be a trendy little device. Let’s find out more about the Microsoft Lumia 540 below.
Recently, Microsoft made headlines as a spokesperson from the company spilled the latest Surface Pro’s launch date which is going to be on December 1, 2017. It is supposed to be revealed by the head of Microsoft’s Surface division, Panos Panay, on October 31 during the company’s Future Decoded event in London. However, the Microsoft spokesperson during the Ignite 2017 conference in Florida inadvertently revealed the launch date. Not to mention, the representative mentioned that the LTE version of the Surface Pro is already listed on the online storefront of Microsoft UK.
Microsoft Surface is one of the most successful hybrid tablets that managed to deliver top notch performance despite the handy packaging. That’s why the Surface Book series from Microsoft has become a device to watch out for. For the case of Surface Book 2, it seems like fans will be disappointed, not because of its performance but because of its release date. It seems like we’ll be waiting a little longer to get our hands on the Surface Book 2.
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|Processor frequency||1.2 GHz|
|Processor family||Qualcomm Snapdragon|
|Display diagonal||12.7 cm (5")|
|Display resolution||1280 x 720 pixels|
|Display number of colours||16.78 million colours|
|Pixel density||294 ppi|
|Ports & interfaces|
|USB connector type||Micro-USB B|
|Headphone connectivity||3.5 mm|
|Weight & dimensions|
|SIM card capability||Dual SIM|
|SIM card type||MicroSIM|
|Bluetooth profiles||A2DP, AVRCP, GATT, HFP, MAP, OPP, Pan, PBAP|
|2G bands (primary SIM)||850,900,1800,1900 MHz|
|3G bands supported||900,2100 MHz|
|RAM capacity||1 GB|
|Internal storage capacity||8 GB|
|Compatible memory cards||MicroSD (TransFlash)|
|Maximum memory card size||128 GB|
|Assisted GPS (A-GPS)|
|Operating system installed||Windows Phone|
|Operating system version||8.1|
|Rear camera resolution (numeric)||8 MP|
|Front camera type||Single camera|
|Optical sensor size||25.4 / 4 mm (1 / 4")|
|White balance||Auto, Manual|
|Maximum frame rate||30 fps|
|Rear camera resolution||848 x 480 pixels|
|Battery capacity||2200 mAh|
|Talk time (3G)||14.8 h|
|Talk time (2G)||26.2 h|
|Browsing time (Wi-Fi)||10.1 h|
|Continuous audio playback time||81 h|
|Continuous video playback time||6.9 h|
|Colour of product||White|
|Audio formats supported||MP3|
|Video formats supported||AVC,H.263,H.264,MP4,MPEG4,VC-1|
|Image formats supported||JPG|
|Subscription type||No subscription|
Like many other Microsoft Lumia models, the Microsoft Lumia 540 comes in a variety of colours. Ranging from black, blue, white and orange. The device itself has a glossy back case while a glass finish coats the front. Build quality of the Microsoft Lumia 540 is strong and sturdy. The front-facing 5MP camera embedded into the glass casing neatly hides away in the overall design. Typical of Microsoft Lumia smartphones, the microUSB port is at the bottom while the headphone jack is on the top. The IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen is bright and full in its depth of colour. On the back sits the 8MP camera and LED flash. Image quality is outstanding, typical of Microsoft’s photo devices. As for the exterior, you’ll realise that the back cover comes off easily so you won’t chip your nails. That feature comes in handy if you love to open up your smartphone.
The phone itself runs on the Windows 8.1 while updates could go up to Windows 8.5. Windows includes apps such as OneDrive and OneNote, giving you easy reach for all your work needs. The 1.2GHz QuadCore CPU that is a QualComm Snapdragon 200 processor with the Adreno 302 GPU works well with the overall feel of the phone. Along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, the device feels speedy for most applications in the mid-range category. As with any smartphone Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi, SMS, MP3 and MP4 comes standard. Other features include accelerometer and proximity sensors together with noise cancellation enhance the phone’s value overall. Battery power is strong throughout the day (with normal usage) with the Li-ion 2200 mAh battery.
So are you going to buy the Microsoft Lumia 540? Well, that depends on what you’re looking for. The Microsoft Lumia 540 is famous for its camera just like most Lumia smartphones. Autofocus, a f/2.2 aperture and LED flash give this phone’s camera a step above the rest. You would be wise to get the Microsoft Lumia 540 for its camera.