Metal-clad NEO M1 to come out of China with Windows Phone 8.1?

Out of the blue, Chinese vendor NEO published a photo of its M1 smartphone, an Android handset, running Windows Phone. As you can see, this is a sleek-looking phone, and its specs aren't disappointing, either. The NEO M1 has a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek CPU running at 1.3GHz, 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage space, 13MP camera made by Sony, and a 2000mAh battery. Meanwhile, the body is not a metal-imitating slab of plastic, but a slim, full-blown metal shell. Some Chinese manufacturers have been stepping up their design efforts lately, and the outcomes are rather pleasing to the eye, if not exactly original.

Microsoft's decision to give out Windows Phone sans license fees to interested vendors is already beginning to result an increased variety of WP handsets that aren't Lumia. And that's a good thing. If Microsoft wanted Nokia to be the sole provider of Windows Phones, it wouldn't have bothered to ink partnerships with the likes of Samsung, HTC, and Lenovo, would it?

It has to be noted, though, that the NEO M1's MediaTek CPU is not supported by Windows Phone, or at least isn't announced as such. Maybe the vendor will opt for Qualcomm's previous-generation Snapdragon S4 chipsets , but that's only speculation. Regardless, keep the salt-shaker nearby when it comes to the M1.

via WMPowerUser



1. NokiaFTW

Posts: 2072; Member since: Oct 24, 2012

This is great! More and more OEMs joining the WP bandwagon. Waiting to purchase a WP other than a Lumia!

2. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Mediatek lol i thought MS made snapdragons compulsory(adreno compatible with directX)

3. Killua

Posts: 270; Member since: Nov 25, 2013

Wut? "an Android handset, running Windows Phone." ?

6. MacWiNux

Posts: 128; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

confusing.... me... Dual Boot :D i wish

8. luis.d

Posts: 354; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

The NEO M1 will launch on April 10 running Android, but the vendor might be planning to release the *same* model with Windows Phone. No dual-boot, because MS and Google don't play that.


Posts: 17; Member since: Mar 27, 2014


5. fsnas

Posts: 122; Member since: Jun 18, 2012

how come the "Call tile", "Messages tile" & "Store tile" are different in color?? this is not real!

7. NotAGeek

Posts: 279; Member since: Jan 26, 2014

Design is nice,but specs could be better

9. Liveitup

Posts: 1798; Member since: Jan 07, 2014

Looks great.

10. bakarock

Posts: 57; Member since: Aug 29, 2013

slim xperia z2 clone? anyone?

11. fireblade

Posts: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

Forget Chinese phones. You won't get the updates

12. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

FAIL.....the agreement between Microsoft and Oems says that: The oems that they put the Windows phone os in the phones MUST give ALL the updates to the devices.....Microsoft is not like Screwgle.

13. StraightEdgeNexus

Posts: 3689; Member since: Feb 14, 2014

Fail android is not like wp cartoonish comic book. Google is not like Microd@&$.

15. elitewolverine

Posts: 5192; Member since: Oct 28, 2013

Right let me know how new phones sold with droid 2.x are doing in the 4.x world, let me know how many droids have 4.4 right now, we will see how many wp8 devices get 8.1....

14. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

hmm if this smart phone is cheap it will sell well on a low tier network

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