Yezz to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices in October for Europe


Yezz has announced plans to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices in October for the European market, the Billy 4 and Billy 4.7, both of which are apparently named for Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

These phones will be the first for the company based on the Windows Phone OS, which shows that more OEMs are trying to sell devices with Microsoft's mobile operating system. The company announced earlier this year it was ditching its license fees for Windows devices that have displays that are smaller than 9 inches.

Yezz claims the Billy 4.7 phone will be the thinnest and lightest Windows Phone yet at 7.2mm, but the India-based XOLO WIN Q900s, that went on sale earlier this year has the same thickness as the Yezz Billy 4.7 and weighs just 100g. It's more than possible that both phones are based on the same design.

In any case. the Billy 4.7 will cost 199 euros when it is released in Europe in October and will have a 4.7 inch screen with a 1280x720 resolution. Inside there's a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of on-board storage, an eight megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front facing camera.

billy 4

The Billy 4 will have a four inch display with a resolution of 800x480, a quad-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of storage, an eight megapixel camera, a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera and support for interchangeable rear cases. It will be priced at 129 euros.

Neowin reports that both of these phones are also due for launch in the US and Latin America but there's no exact word on when they will be released in those territories. Yezz plans to show off the Billy 4 and 4.7 phones at IFA 2014 in Berlin this week.

Source: Areamobile.de, Yezz, Neowin


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Yezz to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 devices in October for Europe


Are these recognized brands in their regions?

I wonder how the Android versions of these phones are selling... and where are they selling.

should've named them "Gate 4" not "Billy 4". I mean really I can see people saying "Hey guys check out my Billy" and others like wha-

This is great to see. I like the fact that more OEM's are coming aboard, it can only do good for windows phone.

These lower cost wps are very appealing. if OEMs could differentiate a tiny bit more, like bringing one or more high end features to their budget conscious devices, more would sell.

MS should be high end only, the rest of OEMs should be mid-range and budget imo.

Did anyone noticed excel and word tiles on red color phone image..is Microsoft going to release separate apps or something else?

Windows Phone 8.1 with more OEMs will increase the market share as it done for Android 2.1 in 2010. Windows Phone 8.1 is ready for big launch.

Is Yezz mad? They have launched these phones for the third time!

Or are they RELEASING existing phones for Europe?

That one with the camera in the top corner? I hate that. It's like an iPhone and it forces people to take vertical videos and pictures. Also the storage is really lacking considering how much the OS takes up. No mention of SD support.
Don't get me wrong, I welcome new phones and new businesses making different WP's, but these don't seem very appealing considering their prices vs any of the Lumia 500 & 600 series out there.

People take vertical pictures and videos when they shouldn't because they don't know any better or simply decide to do so, not because the camera is in the corner.

A person can turn an iPhone into landscape orientation and shoot correctly as with any other device. In my experience with consumers that use smartphones as cameras, they tend to take pictures and videos the the same way they hold their phone to talk on it or use it for other functions. Most people who do not take photos or videos on their phone and view them on a computer never consider turning their phone "sideways" to capture the moment.

Help or fellow consumers put a stop to vertical videos!

Well with my experience (experiences may vary of course) because of having the camera at one end of the phone (Galaxy) or at the very corner (iphone) trying to shoot landscape is more difficult due to how your hand needs to be positioned on that side. It is very common that you either block the shot with your hand/fingers or you need to hold the camera in an awkward way...... Or an unsafe way.
For decades people have taken photos with landscape-shaped cameras and is second nature to hold in such a way (in most cases - except going for a portrait shot) and yet people with some cameras tend to do things differently.
My wife originally had a Samsung Galaxy S3 and 90% of her photos were portrait. Even her videos were portrait. Then she got a 1320, loves it more than her Galaxy and I noticed most of her photos are now landscape. Shd and I are both into Photography. I used to work in a photography studio for a few years.
Lumias still have the camera more to one side, but it's in the perfect position for a phone where you can hold it in both positions without much obstruction.
It's not so much about ignorance or laziness but the phone's design, I find anyway.

Why is there never a front facing camera on Windows phone?????????? I have to use my iPhone for selfies... Sigh.

I really hope this will increase the WP market share. I am looking forward to Windows Phone 9 devices also.

129€ for a Lumia 530 level phone from a noname OEM? thanks nope.

The bigger one is overpriced too.


true that one is no go l530 will be better however the upcomming archos phone and prestigio 8400 duo phone will have better specs (front camera etc) and will be €79 btw i read somewhere that prestigio is really a brand from gigabyte.

I believe the Q900s and Billy 4.7 are based on the same reference design which if I recall correctly is available under the QRD programme.

Yezz is taking forever to release these phones. First they said it would be released in June. Then they pushed it back to August. Now it's pushed back again to October. Damn son..

If the big Billie have at least snapdragon 400 it would be and awesome low-mid range device better than 630 for sure but might not be as good as 730

Highly doubt anyone will pay 200€ for a phone from a company no one has ever heard of in Europe, specially when there are still Nokia's around despite the horrible customer support from Microsoft.

Always practise safe sext, get a Billy WP!

There you have it, best cross-promotional tie-up and marketing campaign, ever! ;P