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

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

We heard recently that Microsoft may have completely waived the licensing fees for Windows Phone for at least Lava and Karbonn, but we wouldn't be surprised to find that Xolo is in on the deal as well. Karbonn has said that it will be launching four Windows Phone devices that range from $100 to $200, but no specs have been put forth, nor have release dates. Lava has put release dates in July for devices running Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 chipsets and costing somewhere between $105 and $140. Unfortunately, having options running the Qualcomm 400 chipset for not too much more seems like trouble for Lava.

The manufacturer putting forth the least info is Xolo, which has only said that its devices would be available in Q2 of this year. Xolo believes that Windows Phone can help the company reach 15% of the smartphone market in India by the end of 2014, but it doesn't mention what the devices will feature, nor what the prices will be, so we'll just have to wait and see on that. 

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15 Comments

1. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

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

10. raunak

Posts: 507; Member since: Oct 12, 2011

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

13. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

2. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 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.

14. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

3. Lt.Green

Posts: 397; Member since: Mar 13, 2014

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

4. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

It will sell well, if it comes with WP 8.1

15. sgodsell

Posts: 7419; Member since: Mar 16, 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.

5. Gawain

Posts: 441; Member since: Apr 15, 2010

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

6. timukh

Posts: 295; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

Yeah their premium brand is named as Xolo.

7. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

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

8. supratik1993

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 16, 2014

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

9. Felix_Gatto

Posts: 942; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

12. supratik1993

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 16, 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.......

11. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 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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