Xolo plans to launch Windows Phone 8.1 handsets next year, Microsoft has to announce the OS first

Xolo plans to launch Windows Phone 8.1 handsets next year, Microsoft has to announce the OS first
Similar to what’s happening in China, local smartphone brands have become hugely popular in India in the last few years. All Indian-made smartphones are running Android at the moment, but things will seemingly change in 2014.

Xolo, one of the well-established Indian smartphone makers, is planning to release Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows tablets next year (becoming the first Indian company to do this).

The Economic Times (Indian edition) has it that Xolo’s first WP handset could be launched “by early next quarter”, so it may hit shelves as soon as January.

Unlike other Indian companies, Xolo manufactures only “premium smartphones” and doesn’t seem to be interested in developing ultra-cheap devices. In India, ultra-cheap means under $100 off contract. And yet, the company’s first Windows Phone handset will not be expensive, possibly costing between $150 and $300 according to the publication.

All this is interesting because, at the moment, we don't even know if Nokia will upgrade its Windows Phone 8 line-up to WP 8.1. And here we have a company (not known internationally) coming to say that it's almost ready to commercialize a handset running the upcoming OS. Still, since Windows Phone 8.1 may not be announced by Microsoft until April 2014, it remains to be seen if Xolo’s plans can become reality as soon as the company is hoping.

Before introducing Windows devices, Xolo will celebrate another first: it's going to be the first Indian company to start selling a 4G TD-LTE smartphone. The handset should be available later this month via Bharti Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator.

Last year, Xolo became the world's first hardware maker to launch an Intel-based smartphone: the Lava Xolo X900 (this, of course, is running Android).

source: Economic Times India via WMPoweruser

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7 Comments

1. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And tell me Florin, who defined(s) the 'ultra cheap' lines in India?

7. dratomic

Posts: 483; Member since: Oct 09, 2013

Florin? ftom unwiredview?!

2. Gaurav008

Posts: 328; Member since: Jul 20, 2012

And tell me Florin, who defined(s) the 'ultra cheap' lines in India?

3. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Xolo is the company which experiments the most. They have handsets with SoCs from Qualcomm, MediaTek, Intel, Nvidia, Broadcom and others as well. They are the ones making Tegra note at an affordable price in India. They are the ones who have experimented with huge batteries, nice cameras and catchy designs. Go Xolo!

4. anirudhshirsat97

Posts: 408; Member since: May 24, 2011

They make good phones. Fluid and fast.

5. vishalaestro

Posts: 81; Member since: Dec 08, 2013

especially build quality they provide the best build among the Chinese rebranded phones in india .but their after sales support is still a very big problem as they have only one service center all over india so we have to ship it through a courier service

6. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

India has some intresting smartphone OEMs, I wouldn't be suprised if some of them would appear on western markets.

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