1. wprocks's Avatar
    I just received my Lumia 640 XL RM-1096 from eBay. It was shipped straight from Singapore. Says manufactured in Vietnam. It's speaker volume for message tones seems low. Volume level of 3/4 on my 1520 used to be loud enough for me. This one needs at least 6/7 or out 10 to get correct message tones.
    06-04-2015 03:29 PM
  2. Woodman1914's Avatar
    It's low compared to Lumia 925 and 1520, this seems like a component that MS went a little too cheap with, the speaker itself is only about 8-9mm wide whereas the 1520's was about 3 times that.

    06-04-2015 08:20 PM
  3. wprocks's Avatar
    Thank you for the reply. How in the world Microsoft it's going to compete with their own OEM HTC with these speakers?
    06-06-2015 09:18 AM
  4. Woodman1914's Avatar
    MS has front facing speakers in the Surface tablets, so maybe there's hope future phones from MS will have this. Or maybe not. We know it was not an arbitrary cost-cutting decision. One possible factor is the battery run-down tests that are so common in review sites. These sites usually include some type of looping video, but they do not standardize volume output across phones (eg. played so-and-so video at an average output of X decibels), so if the review site just set the volume to the phone's "medium" setting, which in Windows Phone would be volume 5 out of 10, it's to the manufacturer's advantage battery-wise to make the output relative low, making the battery last longer. It's interesting that many review sites have noted the 640/XL for its good battery life, but rarely if ever mention the relatively low speaker output. Just a theory

    06-06-2015 10:11 AM
  5. Woodman1914's Avatar
    (duplicate post, not sure how that happened)
    06-06-2015 10:11 AM

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