First India-made Windows phones are here!

Home grown handset maker Micromax has introduced its two new budget windows 8.1 handsets–Canvas Win W902 and Canvas Win W121, priced at Rs 6,500 and Rs 9,500, respectively.

The handsets will be available in India from early July.

With the launch, the company has become the first Indian smartphone maker to launch window-based devices.

Micromax is one of the first partners of software maker Microsoft to launch handsets based on Windows 8.1 in India. Microsoft has announced its partnership with Micromax at its Build conference in April, where it had introduced Windows Phone 8.1.

Besides Micromax, Microsoft has partnered with Lava, Karbonn, Foxconn, Gionee, JSR, Karbonn,  Lenovo, LG, Longcheer and ZTE to launch Window-based smartphones.

Supported by a dual-SIM, both the devices look identical, even though Canvas Win W092 sports a larger display and a high-resolution camera.
The Canvas Win W121 has a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 (MSM8212) SoC and a 1GB of RAM.

It is embedded with an 8GB of built-in storage that can be expanded via microSD card (up to 32GB).

The Canvas Win 121 sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It is backed with a 2000mAh battery that can deliver up to 8 hours of talk time and 150 hours of standby time.

The Micromax Canvas Win W092 has a 4-inch WVGA (480×800 pixels) IPS display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC  and a 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of built-in storage and sports a 5-megapixel
rear camera, and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera. It is powered by a 1500mAh battery.

At present, Micromax sells only Android-based devices.

Sanjay Kapoor, Chairman, Micromax said, “With our vision to democratize technology and belief in providing consumers with choice of platforms, we are pleased to introduce a new range of Windows-based phones. I am pleased
that Micromax is the only Indian mobile phone brand to be present across the two most popular operating platforms in the world.”

Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman, Microsoft India, added, “I congratulate Micromax on the launch of their first Windows Phone today. The Micromax Canvas Win will be available both in India and other emerging markets. Our deep engagement with local OEMs is one of the engines of growth for Windows Phone and we are proud of our partnership with Micromax. With Micromax Canvas Win, Windows Phone is now available to a whole new group of consumers in India, who are looking for innovation and value.”

Lava and Karbonn are the other Indian phone markers which are planning to launch Windows Phone devices in the near future. The devices are likely to be available in the range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 12,000.


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