Microsoft hints at affordable smartphones running Windows Phone to land next year
So, how cheap would such a smartphone be you may ask. Well, it is probably too early to know for sure, but it was said that a Windows Phone handset retailing at around $100 on contract might hit the market next year. The main reason for the substantial price drop, according to Mr. Lees, is that smartphone hardware production costs are dropping due to the advancements in system-on-a-chip (SoC) hardware engineering where all the components needed to run a platform are hosted on a single piece of silicon.
Well, even if the $100 WP smartphone becomes reality, would it be capable of delivering an experience on par with what one would expect out of a contemporary handset? The answer to this question is anybody's guess at this moment, but something tells us that more than a few compromises will need to be done while designing such a smartphone. What do you think?
source: Microsoft via Geek.com