Microsoft showcases new Windows Phone 8.1 devices at Computex

Karen McCandless
Karen McCandless
By Karen McCandless on 04 June 2014
Microsoft showcases new Windows Phone 8.1 devices at Computex

Microsoft unveiled new Windows Phone 8.1 devices from several partners at the Computex trade show, which is taking place in Tapei at the moment.

Nick Parker, corporate vice president, Original Equipment Manufacturer division at Microsoft, was demoing the phones on state at the biggest IT trade show in Asia.

International mobile device manufacturer Prestigio will release two new smartphones on the Microsoft operating system – the MultiPhone 8400 DUO and 8500 DUO.

The 8500 DUO will released in July 2014 at a price of US$235 with Gorilla glass protected 5.0-inch IPS display (720x1280), a quad core CPU 1.2 GHz with 1 GB RAM, an 8 MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera.

The 8400 DUO features 4.0-inch IPS display (480x800), a quad core CPU 1.2 GHz, 0.3 MP front camera and 8 MP advanced rear camera.

The phone is scheduled to be available for sale in August 2014 at US$115.

Both phones are Dual SIM and include Live Tiles, Office, Skype, One Drive and Xbox services.

Parker also showcased the Yezz Billy 4.7 (named after Bill Gates), which is said to be the world's thinnest mobile device based on Windows Phone 8.1 at 7.2mm.

The dual SIM device has a Snapdragon quad-core processor, a 13.1 MP camera, 4.7-inch IPS screen with OGS technology and 1280x720 HD resolution.

It will cost at US$249/€229 and will be available in June exclusively at Amazon.com.

US mobile manufacturer BLU will also be proving devices for the US and LATAM markets soon. The company currently manufacturers Android and feature phones.

Another device from InFocus will be the first of a family of affordable LTE phones in varying sizes.

BYD, Compal, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron were also showing prototype Windows Phone 8.1 devices on stage.

"This new breadth of Windows Phone 8.1 devices is a result of the announcement we made in February at Mobile World Congress in cooperation with Qualcomm Technologies, which enables device manufacturers to quickly and efficiently broaden their portfolio with Windows Phones and now with $0 Windows," said Parker in a blog post.

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