Microsoft has just unveiled several new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets from a handful of new partners across different countries, at Computex 2014.
Some of these smartphones were confirmed and/or leaked a few weeks ago, while some are completely new. The good news is that all these new devices that cover different price points will be available for purchase by the end of the year, assuming nothing bad happens.
One of the handsets showcased by Microsoft at Computex 2014 is Prestigio’s Multiphone 8500 DUO smartphone, which is supposed to go on sale in Europe beginning July.
This is the same device that leaked a few weeks ago in Russia as MultiPhone PAP5507 DUO. However, Prestigio has made the smartphone official only today and has confirmed that it will be available next month for only $235 (€170) outright.
Next in line are the two new BLU smartphones powered by Windows Phone 8.1, which should be launched soon in the United States and Latin America.
The US-based company confirmed more than a month ago that it would start releasing Windows Phone handsets, though it did not offer any additional details. We are waiting for more info on both smartphones and we will share the news with you.
According to Microsoft, InFocus, another privately owned American company, will also launch a Windows Phone 8.1 handset that will be the first of a series of affordable LTE smartphones.
Last but not least, the Yezz Billy 4.7 smartphone, which appeared for the first time last month, has been showcased at Computex as well.
This one has been named after Bill Gates and is expected to arrive in the United States (via Amazon), Europe and Latin America no later than this month.
This is only a fraction of the Windows Phone handsets that are about to go on sale in the next couple of months, but many ODMs present at Computex 2014 showed their Windows Phone 8.1 prototypes, including BYD, Compal, Pegatron, Quanta and Wistron.
These ODMs are now looking to offer new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets with partners across various markets. We will probably see lots of other affordable Windows Phone devices being announced in the next couple of weeks, so stay tuned for more on this.
The impressive wave of upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 devices is the result of Microsoft’s license fee removal, which was announced in cooperation with Qualcomm back in February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) trade fair.