Microsoft to make $80 Windows 10 Mobile phones, powered by Snapdragon 210

Microsoft to make $80 Windows 10 Mobile phones, powered by Snapdragon 210
Microsoft is allegedly working on two low-end Windows 10 Mobile handsets that it plans to introduce in the $80 range or below, though it is hedging its bets by probing other potential makers for entry level Windows phones, too. These budget handsets are destined to take advantage of the burgeoning China market for LTE phones, which has increased several times just in the past year alone.

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.

source: Digitimes

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28 Comments

1. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

Isn't technology supposedly moving forward all the time? The heck is Microsoft doing?

6. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

This is a smart move of MS, not everybody can afford a high-end phone. So for the upcoming markets this will sell like hell!

11. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Just like their existing WP devices are selling like hell. Is that why Microsoft wrote off billions because of their mobile stuff is selling like hell. You can buy a 635 for $40, which already has a much better quad core processor. But they are already selling like hell.

18. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

to be honest lumia sales are not that bad, they sell around 35-40m phones per year. lumia sales are better than sony, htc and motorolla

21. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

i agree, this is so great move, thank to ms people who can't afford high end, so they can buy this Smartphone in this price. isn't so cool.

15. waddup121 unregistered

Snapdragon 210...

2. kefalin

Posts: 292; Member since: Feb 08, 2015

guys,you should check FB page of Meizu.... 29th July 2015 is coming something big from Meizu- They say Nokia 1110 era is coming,if you know what they mean

7. SIGPRO

Posts: 2810; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

Yes Nokia and Meizua are partners now :)

16. osbert

Posts: 125; Member since: Jul 02, 2014

they already reported on it several times.

3. yoosufmuneer

Posts: 1518; Member since: Feb 14, 2015

Hopefully it doesn't lag.

8. RaKithAPeiRiZ

Posts: 1488; Member since: Dec 29, 2011

Microsoft is making landfill here

13. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

Come on be nice. Microsoft is only looking for some more ways to write off billions again.

4. legiloca

Posts: 1675; Member since: Nov 11, 2014

This is like the sd400 underclocked and recycled at best..

9. gaming64 unregistered

Dude, the hardware was designed for the software. Android logic does not apply to other platforms.

12. sgodsell

Posts: 6843; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

It does when it come to Microsoft's Universal apps. Especially if a Universal app is going to run on both Windows 10 x86 and Windows 10 ARM hardware.

19. hemedans

Posts: 746; Member since: Jun 01, 2013

thats why all new modal come with 1gb ram.

5. Chuck007

Posts: 1410; Member since: Mar 02, 2014

A pretty good strategy. Would be a major seller in China and India.

10. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Folks Microsoft already sells the "Microsoft brand Lumia 435 for 76 $ american dollars. it's all they need to sell to low income spots in the world. Mr Elop introduced a lot low cost Microsoft smart phones before he was retired from Microsoft.. Microsoft NOW needs to introduce a new Pre Windows 10 flagship smart phone like the 940/940XL to spark interests in Windows mobile smart phones. The 940/940XL can be upgraded to Windows 10 in the fall when the Windows 10 OS for Windows Mobile smart phones RTM's

17. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

Microsoft has stated they will release flagships when Windows 10 mobile is ready, not before, they will ship with Windows 10 mobile on board.

22. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

That was Former MS VP Mr Elop's decision one I disagree with. Elop introduced several Microsoft Brand low end and mid level Windows 8.1 smart phones that were upgradeable to "Windows 10" it's been over a year since a Windows Flagship smart phone was introduced. that is too long in this mobile world. now when Windows fans want a flagship windows smart phone they have to go on EBAY or buy one from an overseas source. the MS 1520 and Verizon Lumia 928 Flagship smart phones are no longer being sold by their carriers. People who have them have nothing to update to. That is not acceptable to me and a lot of folks

24. Plutonium239

Posts: 1154; Member since: Mar 17, 2015

The current CEO Satya Nadella has gone on record saying that flagship devices are coming soon. My guess is we will have new flagships at least announced by November.

14. 99nights

Posts: 1152; Member since: Mar 10, 2015

Always so many low end devices and they keep em coming like hot cakes.

20. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

ms said they will launch two devices in each segments.....so, this one might be one of the phones in budget segment.

23. 7thspaceman

Posts: 1597; Member since: Feb 14, 2011

Hmm is what you say is Correct MS will introduce only introduce 6 models of Windows smart phones a year. That is OK as long as they are good ones. Even the low end MS Brand smart phone should have I gig of ram and a rear flash for the rear camera.

26. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

& they need to use new components instead of the outdated ones.......n use samsung exynos 7420 instead of snapdragon 810 on 950 XL

27. hound.master

Posts: 1044; Member since: Feb 27, 2015

Yeah what a great idea why others don't do this too cause its not f**king available you idiot.

28. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

some phones do use.....i think some chinese brands have exynos int their phones.

25. rishav20193

Posts: 240; Member since: Jul 18, 2015

agreed....they need to launch awesome phones...loaded with features, in every price range !!

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