Nokia gets a new cut price Windows Phone rival
The Nokia Lumia 710 was cruelly overlooked by many as one of the finest smartphones of the year: for £99 you simply couldn’t buy a blower with a higher IQ. But now it seems Nokia has some competition when it comes to cut price Windows Phones: French phone peddler Alcatel is getting in on the action.
This week, a Chinese site published images of what appears to be an Alcatel smartphone running Windows Phone, with straight lines and a bright back casing. Specs include a four inch screen and 1GHz processor, plus a five megapixel camera.
That would be a first from the company, which makes most of its money selling tech to mobile networks, but also has a sideline in selling feature phones and Android smartphones. Crucially, they’re always cheaper than chips, suggesting an Alcatel Windows Phone could be too – the site floats a price of around £160 unlocked, which could drop even lower if sold through a network on pay as you go.
Before you break open the piggy bank though, do be aware: this phone appears to be running Windows Phone 7.5 at the moment, and will supposedly run 7.8 on launch. That’s slightly different to the new Windows Phone 8: you get the same new tile screen which you can customise to your heart’s content, but you can’t run any new Windows 8 apps on them.
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