In the last few months, Windows Phone has emerged as the third most popular mobile operating system (OS) after Android and iOS. Microsoft's mobile version of Windows 8 featuring colorful live tiles seemed to have caught consumers' eye (finally).
IDC expects Windows Phone to jump to 6.4 percent in 2018, up from 3.5 percent. Yes indeed, Android will continue to dominate this year with 80.2 percent of the global market, but will dip slightly to 77.6 percent in 2018. Apple will be at 14.8 percent this year, while dropping further to 13.7 percent of the market in 2018.
Rise of Windows Phone Mobile OS
One can easily assume that the future of Windows Phone OS appears to be optimistic, after the arrival of the latest update i.e. Windows Phone 8.1. In fact recently Alan Mendelevich of AdDuplex (via WPCentral) confirmed that Windows Phone 8.1 is now running on 7.7% of Windows Phone handsets. That is a progress from the 5.2% of Windows Phone users running the WP 8.1 build last month.
The biggest contributor which led to the rise of the Windows Phone 8.1 build is the coming of top rated Windows powered phones at affordable prices. For instance, the Nokia Lumia 630, which is being promoted as an alternative to the Moto G, seemed to have done really well in the market.
Arrival of Xolo Win Q900s: the world's lightest Windows Phone smartphone
It is known fact that Nokia has been a working force behind the resurgence of Windows Phone platform. Since Nokia is now a part of Microsoft, many local as well as international players have shown interest in making Windows Phone-powered handsets. Not long ago, we had told you about Micromax announced its first generation phones running Windows Phone 8.1 in the country.
And today, Xolo, another domestic player, has launched the lightest Windows Phone handset in India, dubbed the Win Q900s. What's special about the Xolo-made Win Q900s is the fact that its weighs in at 100 grams, making it the lightest Windows Phone smart phone in the world. The Xolo Win Q900s costs Rs. 11,999 or $200.
Taking inspiration from the Xolo Win Q990s, GizBot has come up with an idea of listing out the top 5 lightest Windows-powered smartphones you can buy in India.
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Dimensions: 135 x 67 x 7mm
Often known for making Android-based phones, Xolo, has finally launched it's first-ever Windows Phone handset in India. The Win Q900s not only runs on the Windows Phone 8.1, but at the same time it weighs in at 100grams, making the lightest phone in the world.
Talking about the specifications, the device comes with a 4.7-inch OGS IPS 720p HD display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 400 MHz Adreno 302 GPU. The phone offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on-board memory, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The dual-SIM phone has an 8MP rear-facing camera, and a 2MP front-facing shooter. Connectivity options on the phone are as follows: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, FM Radio and an 1800mAh battery inside.
Asking price - Rs. 11, 999
Dimensions: 119.9 x 64 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 124 grams
The legitimate successor to the Lumia 520 features a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 64GB via a microSD card slot. There's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera without an LED Flash. Unfortunately, the front-facing shooter is missing..Nokia has added a 1430mAh battery m which can give up to 17 hours of talk time, and up to 336 hours of standby time. Other connectivity options of the handset are as follows: 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS, and amongst other features. The budget device supports Windows Phone 8.1. The handset will cost you around Rs.8,000.
Dimensions: 129.5 x 66.7 x 9.2 mm
The Nokia Lumia 630 features a 4.5-Inch ClearBlack IPS LCD display with a FWVGA resolution of 854 x 480pixels. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, coupled with 512 MB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded via a microSD card slot. On the imaging front, there's a 5MP primary camera with Auto focus and f-number/aperture value of f/2.4. Sadly the handset lacks on the front facing shooter. Other connectivity options include Micro-USB, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, WLAN , 3G, Dual SIM and a 1830mAh battery inside. The device runs on Windows Phone 8.1 mobile OS.
Asking price - Rs.10,500 ( single-SIM) / Rs. 11,500 ( dual-SIM)
Dimensions: 70.6x129x8.5 mm
The Nokia Lumia 925 packs a 4.5-inch PureMotion HD+ display with resolution of 1,280 x 768 pixels, a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB or 32GB of internal storage, Wi-Fi, 3G, Qi wireless charging (optional), NFC, an 8.7-mega pixel rear facing camera with dual LED flashlight, A-GPS, a 2,000mAh Li Ion battery, and weighs 139grams. The phone runs on Windows Phone 8.1 OS.
Asking price - Rs.28,000
Canvas Win W092 is a 4-inch device with IPS WVGA display. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. On the imaging front, there's a 5 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera. The handset offers 8GB of built in storage with up to 32GB of expandable memory, and even supports dual SIM functionality. Starting in July 2014, the Canvas Win W092 will be available via retailers across India at Rs. 6,500. This low-end phone is supported by Windows Phone 8.1