Windows Phones are popping up from the oddest places. The latest is the affordable Verssed W1 Windows Phone, released by South African retailer Edgars.
The handset is the usual 4 inch cookie cutter, and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor, with Wi-Fi 801.11n plus Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera and a VGA front camera and a 1420 mAh battery.
“Modern smartphones enable users to boost their productivity, multitask, navigate to their destinations with live traffic info to avoid jams, and enjoy their favourite media or mobile games on the go,” says Jurgen Schreiber, Chief Executive Office at Edcon. “Price should not be a barrier to putting this kind of functionality into the hands of more users.”
“The Verssed W1 smartphone is the first Windows Phone partner device to become locally available,” says Melanie Botha, Consumer Channels Group Executive at Microsoft South Africa.
“We understand that each market is different and our partner device programme has been specifically designed to help original equipment manufacturers and original device manufacturer partners build Windows devices that meet local demand as well as develop local brands. The focus caters to the needs of our consumers by encouraging device manufacturers and other partners to deliver low-cost devices with an uncompromised Windows and Microsoft Services experience.”
The handset will be available at Edgars, Jet and CNA retail outlets from the 15th December for a recommended retail price of R899.95 ($80)