The Trekstor WinPhone 5 was initially spotted in a listing on the German Microsoft Store in September after being on display at IFA 2017. Positioned as a business to business (B2B) device at the time, the WinPhone 5 never actually went on sale, but now it looks like it's headed to Kickstarter.
According to German blog WindowsUnited.de, Trekstor will kick off a Kickstarter campaign on November 1, aiming to crowdfund the WinPhone 5 at a cost of €209. That's for a low-end device with 3GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz 617 processor, and 32GB of storage. The display is a 5-inch 720p panel, and cameras include a 13MP shooter on the rear and a 5MP camera up front.
If all of that looks familiar, it should: those are the same specs included in the WhartonBrooks Cerulean Moment, which also took the crowdfunding route with a doomed Indiegogo campaign earlier in 2017. In all, Trekstor is targeting a goal of €500,000 for the campaign, a target that, while much lower than the million dollars WhartonBrooks was seeking for the Cerulean Moment, is ambitious, to say the least. For context, WhartonBrooks was only able to garner just under $30,000, landing far short of its goal.
Trekstor could very well run a more successful crowdfunding campaign, but with the combination of a device that certainly isn't blowing anyone's socks off in terms of specs in 2017, and Microsoft's waning interest in Windows 10 Mobile, prospects aren't bright. In any case, the campaign will run from November 1 through November 30, so we'll know for sure within a month's time.