Microsoft isn?t even pretending to have a coherent smartphone strategy - Yahoo News
It doesnt support a data connection or have any smart features, but its going to sell for one simple reason: it only costs $25. In return for that you get a phone with a 1.8-inch QQVGA display that runs the Series 30+ OS. It boasts 36 days of standby time (13 hours talk time), and has the ability to play back video and music using a MicroSD card (up to 32GB in size). Theres also the option of a Dual SIM model. Theres one reason Microsoft is launching this handset, and thats due to the size of the potential market for it. Microsoft cant compete at the high end however hard it tries, but with the Nokia acquisition it can carry on that companys tradition of catering to the low-end and shifting hundreds of millions of handsets while earning a profit on every phone sold.
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These budget models use the Series 30+ operating system and are so cheap that they avoid direct competition with the new wave of $100 Android smartphones. They are so simple that they dont offer a camera or 3G support. The market for these cheapies is still as large as 300 million units per year. But heres the problem: A $60 Asha feature phone would have offered a plausible pool of consumers whomight migrate to $100 Windows phones in the near future.
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Huawei's Honor 3C Play is a low end offering
The device is so good and so affordable (according to Huawei) that it is an Apple buster, or at least the ad after the break hints that. We presume Huawei is saying the Honor 3C Play is as good as Apple's iPhone 5c (or at least a better package), that of course costs a lot of money. We suspect the company will have more to say about the smartphone at the coming IFA trade show. Despite Huawei's apparant boasts that the 3C Play is an iPhone killer, its specs are fairly modest, even for the mid-range to low end. That is not necessarily a bad thing as the company and other Chinese brands often do good things with lower end hardware. The Honor 3C Play will pack a quad core MediaTek MT6582 SoC processor with 1GB of RAM, while the four Cortex-A7s cores means the chipset is clocked at 1.3GHz.
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