More affordable Windows Phone 8.1 devices are coming from Kazam, TrekStor and Xolo


The vast majority of consumers who embrace Windows Phone buy low-end smartphones, so it should not come as a surprise to see manufacturers launching even more inexpensive devices running the tiled operating system. After all, as I said a few months back, Windows Phone is synonymous with the low-end.

The latest such offerings come from Kazam, TrekStor and Xolo, vendors which may not have established brands across the globe, but which are better known in their home markets, UK, Germany and India respectively, for their affordable solutions.

Let's kick off with Kazam. The company has announced two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices, called Thunder 450W and Thunder 450WL, which offer specs typical of a decent low-end handset nowadays: 5-inch display with a resolution of 720 by 1,280; 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; 1 GB of RAM; 8 GB of internal storage; microSD card slot; 8 MP main camera; 2 MP secondary camera.

450W adds a 2,200 mAh battery to the mix and dual-SIM support, while 450WL packs a 2,500 mAh battery and 4G LTE connectivity. So they cover the needs of low-end shoppers quite well, given the choice between dual-SIM and 4G LTE support to complete the solid spec sheet. There are no prices revealed just yet, as Kazam's likely waiting for MWC to give us more information.

TrekStor will be coming with WinPhone 4.7 HD to market, which, as the name suggests, packs a 4.7-inch display with HD resolution (same as the two aforementioned devices). It also offers a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor; 1 GB of RAM; 8 MP main camera; dual-SIM support; weight of 99.6 grams and 7.5 mm thickness. Pricing is said to be €149. It'll launch next month.

Finally, Xolo's offering is called Win Q1000. Like the aforementioned handsets, it also packs a 5-inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage; 8 MP main camera and 2 MP secondary shooter. There's a 2,200 mAh battery inside, and the price is Rs 8,499.

As you can see, all devices appear to be designed atop the same foundation, which will allow them to run Windows 10 for smartphones well. All come with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, however, as Microsoft will launch its new operating system this summer, at the earliest.

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