With Android and iOS becoming major powers in terms of mobile OS, it's actually hard for the likes of BlackBerry or Windows Phone to gain similar ground. And even if they are already around in the mix, it will surely take more time before they can start gathering similar kind of popularity.
However, with the smartphone juggernaut rolling in its full glory, it's actually good to see that more and more smartphone makers are moving away from the usual and trying out their hands on other areas. For instance, we already have Celkon's first-ever Windows Phone-powered smartphone in our midst.
Moving away from the OS front of things, Celkon is gaining popularity as a trusted native smartphone maker slowly but surely. We have already seen a host of Android-powered smartphones from the company, but this time around, Celkon wants a piece of the Windows Phone cake as well.
To be precise, almost a week after listing its first Windows Phone 8.1 OS-based smartphone on the website, Celkon announced the Win 400 officially at an event in Hyderabad. The handset is now available to purchase via Flipkart priced at Rs. 4,979. Although the handset was already put up for sale last week via an e-commerce website at Rs. 4,999.
The Celkon Win 400, available in Black and White colour variants only, is a special thing for the company since it's the first handset from the company adorning the Windows Phone OS. The handset is one of the basic devices that you will ever see, and we know that for certain since we are already sitting with a review unit of the same.
As far as the review unit of the handset is concerned, it hasn't been long since we got our hands on it. However, we have spent enough time with the handset to find out a thing or two about it. And here's our exclusive first look for the handset.
Celkon Win 400 First Look: Form Factor and Operating System
From the looks of it, the Celkon Win 400 has been crafted with as much simplicity as possible. And there's nothing much to talk about the overall designing of the handset. Arriving at a white variant, the handset has all the regular settings you would expect from the modern day smartphone.
The handset's removable back offers a sort of matte finish, while the overall body remains to be normal plastic. The handset has slight weight, although that may become negligible on regular usage. However, the handset fits perfectly into the palms.
As far as specs are concerned, the handset offers a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. It offers 233ppi pixel density, while the overall device measures up to 125.4 x 65 x 10.3 mm and weighs in at 120.6gms.
The handset has the regular Windows Home button at the front with the back and search capacitive buttons to assist it. You will also see the front facing 1.3MP snapper up front placed rightish below the speaker. While on the right side, there's the power/unlock button, the vloume rocker for the same has been placed on the left side.
On the back side, you will find the primary 5MP camera with the LED flash on the right side of it. The speaker grill is placed just below with the Celkon tag just above. On top, you will find the 3.5mm headset port alongside the USB port.
On first look, we have to say that the screen size and resolution for the handset are pretty common, as far as the entry level smartphone segment in concerned. And we are sure that you cannot expect better traits than this from a low priced device.
Running on a resource efficient Windows Phone 8.1 operating system, the handset offers everything in terms of the entire Windoes Phone offering. If you have been using similar smartphones all this while, the Celkon Win 400 shouldn't be that big a deal.
The OS is crisp and effective. It moves around well enough while maintaining the fluidity of the entire Windows Phone ecosystem. As far as we have seen after using the handset so far, it has to be said that moving back and forth among apps is quite crisp.