Microsoft Lumia 540 Dual SIM Review: A Selfie Phone with Decent Specs & Performance

Body and Display

Microsoft Lumia 540 is a beautiful Windows phone with affordable price. It has a lot to offer including good design, decent specifications and interesting features. It’s slim and lightweight. It has slightly curved corners which make it more ergonomic. You can operate the phone with one hand but it’s still more comfortable to use two hands when typing. The back cover looks glossy and somehow you can easily leave fingerprints on it. It also feels a bit slippery. However, this issue can be resolved if you use additional soft case or protection case.

The Lumia 540 comes with a lovely 5.0″ IPS LCD display. It has a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 294 ppi pixel density. It looks pretty sharp and crisp. The ClearBlack display technology is there to enhance the visual quality. You can manage the brightness according to your needs. You can also view various contents in wider viewing angles, so it’s quite fun. The responsive touchscreen allows you to navigate through menus easier. The onscreen keyboard has good accuracy and it’s very spacious.

Size of the phone: 144 x 73.7 x 8.6 mm (5.67 x 2.90 x 0.34 in)

Weight: 152 g (5.36 oz)


Microsoft Lumia 540 is a GSM Dual SIM smartphone. It offers decent processing speed. It uses Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipset with quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 processor. It’s also backed by Adreno 302 GPU and 1 GB of RAM. Everything works well in this phone. The Microsoft Windows Phone 8.1 (Lumia Denim) operating system runs so smooth. It feels responsive when you switch menus. It doesn’t take much time to launch apps. Multitasking is an easy thing to do. You can write documents and browse the internet at the same time without any problem or serious delay.

Battery life is satisfactory. The 2200 mAh battery provides enough power through the day. It can last about 10 hours for normal usage. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have quick-charging feature. The internal storage is a bit limited since the Lumia 540 only has 8 GB of internal storage. To store more files (documents, photos, videos), you should add external memory card. It supports microSD card up to 128 GB. The 30 GB of free online OneDrive storage could also be an advantage.


Microsoft Lumia 540 is equipped with two cameras. The primary 8 MP rear camera does a good job in taking pictures.  The results look sharp and have good details. Its video recording capability is also impressive, especially outdoors. With good lighting, you can record high quality videos with good sound quality. The camera is backed by many supporting features like autofocus, LED flash, 1/4” sensor size, geo-tagging, auto and manual white balance, automatic photo upload to OneDrive, and backside-illuminated image sensor.

You can take a lot of good selfies or wefies with the 5 MP front-facing camera. It has wide angle lens and other supporting features like focal length 24 mm, still image capture, video call, and video recording capability.

Other Features

Microsoft Lumia 540 still has many features to offer. Some features can help you boost your productivity and some others will give you fun experiences. Here is the list

  • Connectivity features: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, hotspot; Bluetooth v4.0, A2DP; and microUSB v2.0
  • FM radio
  • Wallet
  • HERE Maps
  • HERE Drive+ with turn by turn instruction
  • Accelerometer and Proximity sensor
  • Email, Push Email, Instant Messaging
  • Internet explorer
  • Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
  • MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player & MP4/H.264 player
  • Lumia camera apps
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point)
  • Weather app
  • Flipboard
  • Podcast
  • OneNote
  • Battery saver
  • Transfer my data



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