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Details emerge on Indian Windows Phone devices from Lava, Karbonn, and Xolo

0. phoneArena 16 Mar 2014, 22:06 posted on

For quite a while now, Windows Phone has been dominated by Nokia in every segment. But, recently Microsoft has made deals with a number of manufacturers who aim at the low-end market which could mean that Nokia won't have such a strong grip on the market. Three of those manufacturers are Lava, Karbonn, and Xolo are based in India and hope to gain traction in the emerging smartphone market...

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posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:37 2

1. timukh (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Should have roped in Micromaxx too, the 2nd largest smartphone manufacturer in india..

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 02:00

10. raunak (Posts: 494; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


I guess Google doesn't want that to happen. Micromax is just too big in the country.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 09:01

13. sgodsell (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Android currently has over 88% of the Indian smartphone market. You should correct your statement and say Microsoft doesn't want Android to dominate the Indian market. That's why Microsoft is making WP free for some Indian smartphone OEMS. Even the new WP 8.1 when it comes out is going to run on more lower speced Qualcomm CPUs like the Snapdragon 200/400 (cortex-A5/A7). Smart phones grew 3 fold in India last year, and it is projected that the Indian smartphone market will be the largest growth for 2014.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:39 1

2. Liveitup (Posts: 815; Member since: 07 Jan 2014)


Karbonn may as well go ahead and make a real WP, they were already making Android phones such as the one above the mimicked the WP experience. Its good that the fees are dropped, the platform will continue to look more and more attractive to OEM's, consumers benefit from competition.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:11

14. sgodsell (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Also Nokia released the Nokia X line of smartphones that run Android, but look like WP. Not to mention run only Microsoft services and apps, with no Google apps or services in site.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:40

3. Lt.Green (Posts: 317; Member since: 13 Mar 2014)


More WP for less. Good news for consumers and MS. I'd still stick with Nokia though.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:45 3

4. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 431; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


It will sell well, if it comes with WP 8.1

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 10:15

15. sgodsell (Posts: 861; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Currently WP doesn't support any CPU's other than Qualcomm's (Cortext-A9 or above). With WP 8.1 it will still only support Qualcomm, but will at least support a lower specification CPUs, like the Snapdragon 200/400 (Cortex-A5/A7) and Dual Sims. I think that is why Nokia released the Nokia X line of smartphones running Android, because WP was not ready.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:47

5. Gawain (Posts: 340; Member since: 15 Apr 2010)


Xolo is a brand of Lava...isn't it?

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 22:52

6. timukh (Posts: 152; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


Yeah their premium brand is named as Xolo.

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 23:01 1

7. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 683; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)


Dude, a quad-core Snapdragon 200 is enough for smooth performance. No need to expect a Snapdragon 400

posted on 16 Mar 2014, 23:56 1

8. supratik1993 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


windows phone should get support for mediatek chips too...... only then can it get traction in emerging markets like india.....

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 00:22

9. Felix_Gatto (Posts: 431; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Snapdragon 200 is Qualcomm's answer to Mediatek. Newer SD200 uses Cortex-A7 and more powerful Adreno 302, so it's a better choice than Mediatek.

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:28

12. supratik1993 (Posts: 12; Member since: 16 Mar 2014)


thats probably right, but the snapdragon 200 processors offer a very small environment......but that $100-200 range is the stronghold of the mediatek processors.......so we can get a wide variety of phones.......

posted on 17 Mar 2014, 06:26

11. anirudhshirsat97 (Posts: 378; Member since: 24 May 2011)


Bit off topic here, but i just saw the Canvas knight. By far the best sub 20k phone you can buy in India right now. just superb. Loved it. Excellent screen and build quality. Amazing VFM.
Common PA start reviewing Micromaxx phones now.

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