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After unveiling its first Windows 8.1 tablet last week, Indian manufacturer Xolo is getting ready to launch a Windows Phone handset, which will reportedly be the lightest smartphone in the world. Unnamed sources revealed to the Times of India that Xolo has managed to bring the overall weight of the smartphone, which will be sold in the Xolo Win series, to under 100g.

That would make the smartphone the lightest smartphone in the world, taking the crown from the Galaxy S4 mini, which weighs 107g. While the exact details of the Xolo Win smartphone weren't made public, the device will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch display and will be powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 200 CPU.

The smartphone is rumored to be targeted at the budget segment and is said to be available for Rs. 12,000 ($200). At this price point, there isn't much competition (for now), with the Lumia 630 emerging as the main competitor at a price of around Rs. 10,115 ($170). It remains to be seen whether the Xolo Windows smartphone will similarly be offered exclusively online, much like Xolo's Win tablet.

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Xolo, which is a subsidiary of Indian manufacturer Lava Mobiles, is known to bring innovative products to Indian customers. Whereas most Indian vendors have resorted to using MediaTek SoCs in their offerings, Xolo has launched products with Intel's Atom Z2460 processors, Nvidia's Tegra 3 and Tegra 4, and has recently collaborated with AMD in bringing the AMD A4 series APU to the Xolo Windows tablet.

While the moniker of the lightest smartphone in the world is interesting, Xolo won't be the first Indian vendor to launch a Windows Phone handset, as Micromax is scheduled to launch its offering in this segment later today. We'll be covering the event, so do check back to know more details of Micromax's first Windows Phone handset.

Thanks for the tip Arpit!

Source: The Times of India