India will get smaller, cheaper Windows phone 7?

wp7worldwide Sudeep Bharati, Director, developer tools for Microsoft India’s Visual Studio Team has revealed that Microsoft may make a special version of Windows Phone 7 for the low cost developing market.

The handset will share many features with the Windows Phone 7 already announced, but will have lower requirements for screen size and memory, with apparently only 128 MB of RAM and smaller screens required for certification.

Microsoft is also in talks with OEM’s about this new version of the chassis to gain their feedback, which may see even more radical changes being made to the base model.

Certainly for Windows Phone 7 to be successful world wide there needs to be a lesser emphasis on always on data connections and lock-in to services which may not be available in that region, such as Zune.

Bharati notes the cost-effective version of the phone will have a different framework than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end and ultimately hoped the Windows Phones will retail in the region of $500 to $600, around the same as the Nexus One.

Is Windows Phone 7 fragmenting even before release or is this an appropriate response to the differences between markets across the world? Let us know your thoughts below.

Via Economic Times of India

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