Microsoft seeks partners to build low to mid-range Windows 10 Mobile phones for emerging markets?

Microsoft seeks partners to build low to mid-range Windows 10 Mobile phones for emerging markets?
You can't fault Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for complaining that his ears are burning. According to a report published today, the Taiwan supply chain is talking about the company. What this group of component suppliers are saying, is that they expect ODMs in China and Taiwan to be ordering parts from them. With those parts, the manufacturers can build entry-level and mid-range models of upcoming Windows 10 Mobile phones. 

These low to mid-range models will be launched in emerging markets such as China, India, Southeast Asia and Latin America. Microsoft will dangle some carrots in front of these manufacturers by giving them money for R&D and marketing. At the same time, Microsoft hopes to get chip makers to build common chip components for these phones. According to the report, MediaTek and Spreadtrum Communications will both be approached by Microsoft, and asked to build chips and IC components respectively, for these handsets.

While the report says that Microsoft would consider partnering with Chinese white box vendors to build these phones, high-end models like the rumored Microsoft Lumia 950 and Microsoft Lumia 950 XL are off-limits. Microsoft intends to build phones like those two, by itself. Speculation has the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL both getting unveiled in September, around the time of the IFA 2015 show in Berlin.

source: DigiTimes



1. rnagic

Posts: 215; Member since: Jul 13, 2014

*cricket* *cricket*


Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 11, 2012

Hopefully they will focus on those markets where can get success quickly.

3. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Just bring out flagships already

4. Settings

Posts: 2943; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

Just like Android One

5. Eslyabram

Posts: 6; Member since: Jul 27, 2015

After the 950/950XL, they will need another flagship in the early part of 2016, just to increase their chances of penetrating the space occupied by Android/IOS.

7. theguy2345

Posts: 1216; Member since: Jun 24, 2014

There is one in the pipeline, the Intel powered windows phone. Personally, that is the one I am looking put for.

9. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

There is already one rumored for early 2016, supposedly the Lumia 1020's long awaited successor.

8. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks there is Rumor that the next Microsoft Flagship smart phone will be the replacement for the Famous Nokia lumia 1020- 41 mega pixel camera Windows 8.1 smart phone. the new Microsoft labeled version will have 50 mega pixel Pure view Camera, a 5 inch 1080p screen and 32 gigs Main Memory, 3 gigs of ram and an SD card slot for extra storage space. I assume it will have the "Continuum" feature so People can see the beautiful pictures they will take with this Super Windows 10 Mobile smart phone on a Full sized HD Computer Monitor or their 50 to 60 inch HDTV. this is the Windows 10 flagship smart phone to buy

10. Plutonium239

Posts: 1214; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

I would rather they put a Quad HD screen on it than 1080p screen and a large battery like the 950. Hopefully the sensor gets paired with a processor than can fully use it this time.

11. checkmymike

Posts: 219; Member since: Dec 28, 2011

I hope microsoft gives up on windows phone.

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