An exciting array of new Windows Phone devices were on display this week at Computex. Several of our new partners unveiled Windows Phones 8.1 devices. These new devices are a result of the announcement we made back in February at Mobile World Congress with Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and $0 Windows for devices smaller than 9-inches in size which has enabled partners to more quickly and efficiently bring Windows Phones in to their mobile devices portfolio. Here is a look at just some of the many devices headed to all corners of the globe.
Prestigio has unveiled their first two Windows Phones: the Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO and Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO. The MultiPhone 8500 DUO has a 5-inch IPS display (720x1280) and a quad core 1.2 GHz processor. It also has an 8 megapixel rear camera and Dual SIM capability. The MultiPhone 8500 DUO available in Europe in July for estimated price of $235 (U.S.). The MultiPhone 8400 DUO will have a 4-inch IPS display (480x800), quad core 1.2 GHz processor, rear 8 megapixel camera and Dual SIM capability as well. The MultiPhone 8400 DUO will be available in Europe in August for estimated price of $115 (U.S.).
Yezz was on the ground showing off their new Billy 4.7 Windows Phone they announced earlier this month. The Billy 4.7 features a 4.7-inch IPS display, has a 1.2 GHz processor, rear 8 megapixel camera, and Dual SIM capability. Did you know Yezz named this phone to honor Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates? Yup! The Billy 4.7 is expected to be available soon starting in Europe, LATAM, and the U.S. In the U.S., the Billy 4.7 will be priced at $249 (U.S.) and available through Amazon.com. It will have interchangeable covers available in red, white and blue.
The Billy 4.7 is part of a larger family, though, since Yezz also announced previously it would be joined by the Billy 4.0 which comes will a 4-inch OGS screen, 8 megapixel rear camera, and quad core processor priced at $139 (U.S.).
BLU is also teasing their new 4-inch (left shot above) and 5-inch (right shot above). More details to come on these devices but they will be coming to the U.S. and LATAM soon. Their colors are awesome. I want the bright orange 5-inch one!
In addition, there were some interesting Windows Phone prototypes teased at Computex as well, from manufacturing partners BYD, Compal, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron. It is exciting to see new Windows Phones from new partners. Stay tuned for more to come!
Windows phone will eventually regain top spot. The introduction of dual sum support is already an advantage over the overpriced and underperforming iOS. Soon Android will be the only platform to beat while iOS is waning away on its own.
That's pretty cool by Windows Phone's partners. Looking forward to seeing more prototypes. Kudos to Prestigio, Yezz and BLU for these features. For now, I'm still sticking with #Nokia.
New Windows Phones are all well and good, but my cell phone carrier (U.S., Cellular) refuses to carry any other Windows Phone except the Samsung ATIV Odyssey or the ZTE Render. Which means I'm stuck looking in from the outside. Any idea which US carriers might have these phones, and when?
I agree with GoodThings2Life. BLU looks like an HTC One and a Lumia 710. Also the Prestigio looks similar to a Nexus 5. Makes me wonder if the manufacturers rebrand to cases to other vendors (they probably do). The Yezz looks really promising. Would have loved to see those devices in person!
Can't help but notice how much the BLU phones look like HTC One devices. Hopefully that doesn't cause any issues. But all of these look very interesting, and it's great to see Windows Phone continuing to focus on color distinction as well as low-cost devices.
The Yezz devices actually look pretty awesome too. Very impressive showing by your new OEM partners!