The crown for the most affordable Windows Phone smartphone goes to a new company. A Cherry Mobile Windows Phone handsets can be had for an almost unbelievable $69.
There is no doubting the fact that Microsoft’s mobile platform has gained serious momentum, at least in terms of vendor interest — now all we need are some sales numbers for confirmation that these newly released devices are flying off the shelves.
Cherry Mobile, a company based in Philippines has just unveiled two new Windows Phone smartphones, along with a pair of Windows 8.1 tablets.
Priced at just 2,999 PHP (which translates to around $69), the Alpha Style is very much the most affordable Windows Phone smartphone ever. It is easily a few notches below the Blu Win JR that retails for $20, and the entry level Nokia Lumia 530, which comes with a price tag of $115, off contract.
This gets you a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 512MB RAM, 4-inch display with an 800 by 480 pixels resolution, 4GB or internal memory (expandable up to 32GB via microSD), a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front facing option.
The company has even managed to throw in dual SIM support, with 3G connectivity.
The Alpha Luxe is also a lower end device, but features some hardware improvements and is priced at 4,999 PHP, around $114. You do get a 5-inch screen with a 720p display, however, for starters.
Cherry Mobile has also announced two Windows 8.1 tablets — the Alpha Play and the Alpha Morph.
It remains to be seen whether these devices make out of the Philippines, but even if they are not launched internationally, they will help Microsoft solidify its position in an important Asian market.
If this is not momentum, then nothing is.