Russian OEM Highscreen to launch two new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets: WinWin and WinJoy
It appears the entry-level Windows Phone market is getting competitive with every passing day. Several OEMs in many markets are coming up with affordable entry-level devices to offer users with more choice when it comes to Windows Phone handsets. Plus, it makes sense for OEMs to adopt Windows Phone for entry-level devices since it’s free for phones and tablets with screens smaller than nine inches.
Not too long ago, we heard a rumor that a Russian-based OEM Vobis Computers is planning to launch a budget-friendly Windows Phone handset under its “Highscreen” brand. It turns out the rumor was correct after all, but it’s not just one handset, the company has launched two entry-level devices dubbed as WinWin and WinJoy (shown above).
Highscreen has listed both devices on its official website, and spec-wise, they are almost identical to the Lumia 530. In fact, they both carry a similar set of specifications with the only except being the battery on the WinWin handset — it boasts a 2,000 mAh battery while WinJoy features only 1,700 mAh one.
Rest of the specifications are identical, you get a 4-inch display sporting a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, and 512MB of RAM. There’s 4GB of internal storage which comes with a microSD card slot for expansion. As far as the photographic capabilities are concerned, you get a 5MP rear shooter with a 0.3MP secondary camera.
Highscreen WinWin measures 126 x 64 x 10.5 mm while the WinJoy is 122.5 x 63.8 x 9.9 mm. Both devices weigh the same, that is, 105 grams.
Both devices are set to hit the retail shelves in the coming days. As for the pricing, WinJoy comes with a 3,690 rubles (almost $90), while the WinWin comes with a 3,990 rubles ($97) price tag — both are sub-$100 devices as rumored before.Further reading: Microsoft, Windows Phone