Mid-range smartphones don’t always get the credit they deserve – let’s face it, flashy phones with high-end specs will always steal headlines. But one smartphone which does look like it should garner some front page attention is Microsoft’s latest mid-ranger, the Lumia 640, but is it the best mid-range phone we’ve ever seen?

There are certainly some good signs coming out of the Microsoft camp, and after getting a good look at the handset at MWC it definitely looks like a hit. So, here are five reasons why we think that the Lumia 640 could be the best affordable phone ever.

Brilliant Microsoft design

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As with most mid-range smartphones, metallic builds are a no-go area, costing way too much for manufacturers to include. Microsoft knows this, and has included its now classic colourful design style on the Lumia 640 instead.

Using a glossy plastic construction with bright and vivid colours, the Lumia handset arguably features the best mid-range phone design we’ve ever seen.The smartphone comes in black and white for the more minimal fans, and blue or orange if you decide on something slightly more daring – all of which make you truly stand out from the crowd.

Windows services galore

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One of the shining lights that Microsoft waves around with all of its smartphones is the huge selection of built-in services each handset possesses. This is no different with the Lumia 640 – which once again boasts more apps and features than you can shake a virtual stick at.

Skype and OneDrive are obvious inclusions, offering free internet video calls and cloud storage respectively. But it’s Microsoft Office’s feature that will get most fans swooning, allowing consumers to handle work whilst on the go.

On top of this, users who invest in the Lumia 640 are also being promised a free 12 month subscription with Office 365. This means you get some free monthly Skype minutes, extra online storage and free technical support. Not many other smartphones offer this kind of service, do they?

Powerful Lumia performance

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Admittedly, the Lumia 640 won’t be packing specs comparable to the latest Samsung Galaxy S6 and HTC One M9 handsets, but it will be overpowering its immediate competition from the likes of the Galaxy S5 Mini and Sony Xperia M4 Aqua.

It all starts with the Lumia 640’s display, which rocks a full 5” size, whilst also staking claim to a 720p HD resolution as well. Behind this we’re getting a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, which should keep speed freaks happy enough, whilst a Snapdragon 400 chipset is also a handy addition. 8GB expandable storage is also included, with 1GB RAM helping out if you plan on handling some multi-tasking.

Battery life won’t be a cause for concern with the Microsoft Lumia 640 either, with a healthy 2500mAh effort keeping you in the loop for hours on end. This tops off what can only be called a polished spec sheet that’s well worth shouting about – especially in comparison to other mid-range handsets.

Windows Phone 10?

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Who doesn’t love a brand new operating system? Currently boasting Windows Phone 8.1, the Lumia 640 will be seeing an update to the new Windows 10 in the very near future. This means that all of the apps and features which the current system brings will be updated to give you one of the most unique operating systems around right now.

Features like the virtual assistant Cortana have already been taking the mobile market by storm, with many claiming it light-years ahead of Siri and Google Now. The live tile design has also been incredibly well-received thanks to its classy look and easy to use interface, whilst the sheer number of apps available to download in the Windows Store will keep you occupied for hours!

So, if you invest in the Lumia 640, you’re practically guaranteeing yourself a brand new system to play with, rather than being stuck in software limbo like with other mid-range devices!

The best mid-range phone camera around?

Lumia Camera

Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and Skype – what do they all have in common? They need a camera, and a good one at that. Luckily, the Microsoft Lumia 640 has gone out of its way to give you one impressive piece of photography tech!

Boasting an 8 megapixel rear lens, the Lumia 640 offers more than enough quality to ensure that you won’t have to go overboard with your filters to make your snap look the part. Also, with a wide-angled front facing camera in tow, you won’t have any issues sticking this handset on the end of your selfie stick either.

Both cameras also offer HD video quality for when you decide to try and make your way to YouTube stardom (or make a Skype call). Plus, with the Lumia Camera app included, you also get a nice and easy to use interface as well – making it one of the better camera phones on the market.

So, there you have five reasons why the Microsoft Lumia 640 is the best mid-range phone on the market, now that’s all left to do is get your mitts on a cheap as chips deal!