Microsoft today unveiled some new Windows Phones at Computex that newly announced hardware partners have produced, teasing consumers what they'll be able to purchase in the coming months. We've recently looked at some of the manufacturers adapting to the Windows Phone platform, including the likes of Blu and Prestigio, who are likely to offer more affordable smartphones running Microsoft's operating system. Today, we're able to take a glimpse at what we can expect to see.
First up is Blu, who actually teased its first Windows Phone some time ago on Facebook. Microsoft's corporate VP of the OEM division, Nick Parker provided some insight into two new Blu Windows Phones, including a 5-inch device pictured in the above render. While we're looking at more affordable hardware, it's interesting to point out the render shows capacitive keys over an on-screen solution.
The new Windows Phones from Blu will be launching later this year in both the US and Latin America. It's not difficult to see where some of the design influence came from with the colors and distinct looks, but we're excited to see more manufaturers support the platform.
Prestigio is also to debut its first Windows Phone, the MiltiPhone 8500 DUO. Unfortunately, much like the hardware from Blu, there aren't any specifications attached to the provided renders, but we can expect to see a Snapdragon quad-core processor, decent camera and HD display (be it 720p or 1080p).
Lastly, Parker showed off the Billy 4.7 from Yezz, which is actually named after former Microsoft CEO Bill Gates. This device will come with a Snapdragon quad-core processor (as is the norm with Windows Phones), 13.1MP rear shooter, 4.7-inch IPS display (720p) with Gorilla Glass 2. The interesting part about this device is how it's just 7.2mm thick. Expect to see the smartphone soon launched in Europe, Ltin America and the US for $249 (€229).
Yezz will also be releasing a smaller sibling to the Billy 4.7, called the Billy 4.0. This device will feature a 4-inch display, 8MP shooter and a Snapdragon quad-core processor. It'll be a cheaper option at just or just $139 / €129. Both Billy Windows Phones will be sold exclusively through Amazon.
In other news, Microsoft's Parker threw InFocus into the pit of Windows Phone manufactures, showing off other hardware prototypes. It seems manufacturers are warming up to Windows Phone, especially since Microsoft dropped licensing fees. Who's excited for new products?