According to a report by Times of India, India’s handset players LAVA and Karbonn will launch their Windows Phone devices in coming months.
At the Mobile World Congress last month, Microsoft had announced nine new OEMs as Windows Phone partners. Out of these nine - Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn, LAVA, Lenovo, LG, Longcheer, and ZTE – Karbonn and LAVA are two Indian handset brands which have managed to capture significant market share in the Android smartphones category.
According to the report, Karbonn will launch four Windows Phone devices by the end of May or early June with a price range of ₹6,000 to ₹12200 (roughly $100-200 USD). Earlier this month, there were also reports of Karbonn's upcoming dual-OS smartphones packing in Android and Windows Phone in a single device.
LAVA International will also launch a series of Windows Phone devices by July with a price range on ₹6,500 to ₹8,500 (roughly $106-140 USD) . These devices will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, and the company hopes to have Windows Phone devices make up 8-10% volume of LAVA smartphones in the following months.
The next Windows Phone update will bring new Qualcomm chipset support for Snapdragon 200, 400, and 400 LTE reducing the price band for Windows Phone devices – a critical factor in emerging markets like India. The update will also bring dual SIM support, a unique, but much desired, feature in the region.
Source: Times of India; Thanks, Dadstar0410, for the tip!