Microsoft to make $80 Windows 10 Mobile phones, powered by Snapdragon 210
Being in this sub-$80 price bracket, the Windows 10 Mobile gear won't be a fully spec'd-out undertaking, of course, and is expected to be running on the MSM8909 Snapdragon 210 platform. Snapdragon 210 has four Cortex-A7 cores, clocked at 1.1 GHz, and Adreno 304 GPU, and comes with embedded Bluetooth 4.1 and 802.11n WiFi connectivity. Display resolutions up to 720p is supported, as well as 8-megapixel cameras, 1080p video capture and playback, and hardware H.265 encoding.
This being Qualcomm, the cellular modem has multi-band 3G and LTE, and the radio supports dual SIM configurations, these being for the Chinese market. The low-end Windows phones are expected to hit the conveyor belts in Q3, and be out and about in Q4, just in time for the end-of-the-year shopping craze.