A couple of months ago Microsoft announced that they had forged several new partnerships with hardware companies that were keen to jump on the Windows Phone train, and now one of those companies has just announced a new budget friendly Windows Phone device. Prestigo is a new hardware manufacturer, and on July 20 they released the Multiphone 8500 DUO, and on July 23 they announced that the 8500's smaller brother, the 8400 DUO will be hitting the market on August 20.
The Multiphone 8500 DUO might only be a mid-range device, but it still has a solid set of specifications. The 8500 DUO sports a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5-inch Gorilla Glass 2 display with a resolution of 720p, a powerful 8-megapixel camera, and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. As you might have guessed from the name, the 8500 DUO comes with slots for two SIM cards, which highlights the fact that this phone is aimed at emerging markets.
The Prestigo 8500 DUO will be joined by the slightly less impressive 8400 DUO on August 20. The 8400 will still feature the same quad-core processor, and the same 8-megapixel shooter, but it will only have a 4-inch IPS display with a resolution of 480x800, 512MB of RAM, and a low quality VGA front facing camera.
Neither of these two devices were made to set the smartphone world ablaze, but the price points of these phones will certainly raise a few eyebrows. The Prestigo Multiphone 8500 DUO only costs $210, and its smaller brother will cost just $110 off contract. The prices of these phones puts these handsets in direct competition with the likes of the ultra-popular Nokia Lumia 520, the new Lumia 530, and the Nokia Lumia 635.
The Prestigo Multiphone line will run Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box, which means features such as Cortana, Action Center, and the new WordFlow keyboard will be available to use. The Multiphone 8500 DUO and 8400 DUO are not expected to make it to U.S carriers, but Windows Phone fans in India, Brazil, and other emerging markets should keep an eye out for them if they are in the market for a new smartphone.