If you wind up the clocks by a year or so, Microsoft was hard at work trying to convince various handset makers to release smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8, going so far as to create a reference design for these OEMs.
Now, with Windows Phone 8.1 ready and raring to go, these efforts are bearing fruit.
Several new partners have signed up, and many have even launched new devices. Chinese manufacturer Hisense has also joined the party, and announced the availability of its first Windows Phone handset, the illustriously named, MIRA 6.
Details about price tag and launch date are scarce, but the good news is that this is set to be the first Windows Phone powered device to be made available via China Telecom. That’s a big deal, people!
As is the Android buttons on the image — obviously a mistake.
Another notable feature is the uncanny resemblance of the smartphone to the Apple iPhone 5. The above image hints at it, this bottom one demonstrates it even better:
The Hisense MIAR6 is squarely a midrange handset that offers dual SIM capabilities with dual standby.
A 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory. This can be further bolstered by up to 32GB via the included microSD card slot. The 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display supports a 720p resolution.
Camera options are rather impressive with an 8 megapixel shooter on the back, to go with a fantastic 5 megapixel camera on the front.
Dolby Sound support is also included in this device that is only 7.18mm thick. Beat that.