News by Luke Jones on Monday July 21, 2014.
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Microsoft made a big thing of expanding its Windows Phone partners last month when the company tied up several deals with a number of phone companies. Most of them were small manufacturers, but it shows promise for the WP platform that new brands are willing to jump on board (a plus of making the OS free to Prestigo launches two Windows Phone smartphone developers). One such brand was Prestigio and now the company is ready to roll out its first Windows Phone packing smartphone.The device was launched over the weekend and is called the Prestigio Multiphones 8500 DUO and it will be geared towards the budget end of the Windows Phone market. Its specs are solid if unspectacular and include a 5-inch Gorilla Glass 720x1280 IPS display, a quad core chipset clocked at 1.2GHz, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera, and a 2MP front facer. As the name suggests, the 8500 will also have support for dual SIM cards, highlighting that this device is oriented for emerging markets. The 8500 Duo will be joined by a lower end version, the 8400 DUO on August 20th. That handset will tone down the specs and will have the same quad core processor as the larger model, but will instead sport a 4-inch (400x800) IPS panel and only a VGA front facing lens (the rear snapper will remain at 8 megapixels). While neither device hardly catches the imagination in terms of specs, the fact they run on the low impact Windows Phone OS should make them competent performers. Their price will certainly turn a few heads, with the 8500 DUO costing $210 and the 8400 DUO just $110. Both smartphones will be available in either black or white. source: WM Poweruser
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