Windows Phone 7 is pretty awesome; there is no doubt about that. However, the strict requirements specified by Microsoft mean that all Windows Phone 7 devices will cost a bomb. In fact, I would be surprised if any of the initial Windows Phone 7 handsets sell for less than Rs. 30,000. This is obviously a problem in countries like India, and Microsoft knows it.
According to Economic Times, Microsoft is already working with OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers) to produce cheaper Windows Phone 7 powered handsets. According to Sudeep Bharati, director, developer tools for Microsoft India’s Visual Studio Team, “The low-cost version of the phone will have a different chassis than version 1 to be launched by 2010 end”.
Mobile phones using the new chassis are expected to include at least 128 MB RAM along with 5-megapixel camera. It will offer manufacturers enough legroom to price the devices at around Rs. 25,000 ($500-$600).