Japan-based Freetel to launch Windows Phone device this summer

Japan-based OEM Freetel revealed plans to enter the Windows Phone market later this summer. The company will showcase the phone as part of its 2015 Mobile World Congress announcements next week in Barcelona, Spain.

The phone, which doesn't have a formal name yet, will have a 5-inch 1080p display. Inside there will be an unnamed 64-bit processor (likely the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 410), along with 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front-facing camera. It will also have a 2500 mAh battery and will be sold SIM-free.

The render of the Freetel phone looks a lot like the Kazam Thunder Windows Phone devices that were revealed just a few days ago, so it's likely that Freetel is simply using the same case design for its product.

Although the hardware looks mediocre, itself a recycled design from Kazam, the bigger story here is Windows Phone returning to Japan. The Japanese market was all but dropped from the Windows Phone 8 launch with the Toshiba-Fujitsu IS12T from 2012 being the last big seller. Needless to say, this return could be interesting.

Hopefully, we will learn more at MWC 2015 next week as the same phone model should be shown for European carriers. Stay tuned for our coverage starting on Sunday!

Source: Freetell; Via: WMPU

John Callaham