Prestigio Launches Two Dual-SIM Windows Phone 8.1 Handsets, MultiPhone 8400 and 8500 DUO

The former will go on sale in August, while the latter will be available in July

We already saw Prestigio’s first Windows Phone 8.1 a few weeks ago, when the smartphone leaked in Russia, but it looks like the company plans to launch not one, but two devices powered by Microsoft’s mobile platform.

For those unfamiliar with our previous report, the better-featured Prestigio smartphone that popped up online last month was known as MultiPhone PAP5507 DUO and all specs leaked along with the press render have just been confirmed by the handset manufacturer.

However, the smartphone will be released on the market as Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO. According to the company, it will be available for purchase beginning July for only $235 (€170) off contract.

But let’s see what we get for such an affordable amount. Well, first of all, you will get Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft’s latest mobile operating system.

As the name suggests, Prestigio MultiPhone 8500 DUO offers dual-SIM capability with dual standby support. The smartphone also sports a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution and features Corning Gorilla Glass coating for extra protection.

On the inside, the MultiPhone 8500 DUO is equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. The Windows Phone 8.1 handset packs an 8-megapixel camera on the back with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a secondary 2-megapixel camera in the front.

“Our Windows-based MultiPhones that will be shown at Computex are a new step to expanding the opportunities of Prestigio customers. There’s nothing better than dealing with a rich choice, so we are doing our best to provide this with our new partnership,” said Siarhei Kostevitch, founder and CEO of ASBIS group and chairman of Prestigio.

Next in line, Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO offers dual-SIM capability with dual standby support as well. It sports a slightly smaller 4-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution.

Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO
Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO

However, when it comes to hardware, the MultiPhone 8400 DUO is powered by a similar 1.2GHz quad-core processor as its bigger brother.

It also boasts an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, along with a secondary VGA front-facing camera for video calls.

Prestigio MultiPhone 8400 DUO has been confirmed to arrive in Europe sometime in August for only $115 (€85) outright.

“Prestigio customers will be among the first in the world to experience Windows Phone 8.1 on a new device. We look forward to bringing this uniquely personal smartphone experience to Prestigio customers throughout Europe,” concluded Microsoft’s Peter Han.


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