Microsoft is getting ready to introduce very affordable smartphone running Windows Phone at some point in 2012.This was announced by Andrew Lees, president of Windows Phone division at Microsoft, who spilled the beans while speaking at WPC 2011.
“if you look even at the price of smartphones, a year ago all smartphones cost over $400 when they left their hardware manufacturer. Today, they’re down to about $200, and next year, a smartphone that can run something like Windows Phone 7 will actually be down to $100 to $150. So, you’re seeing a dramatic price reduction”, says Andrew Lees.
The point Lees also tried to make was not just that Windows smartphones will be cheaper, but tablets, PCs, and other consumer electronics devices are also set to fall in price. Microsoft view that as advantageous as it will be present in all those markets come 2012 with Windows 8, meaning one software ecosystem across all your devices.
If you have missed Worldwide Partner Conference 2011, then you can get full press release of Andrew Lees talk in Microsoft’s Website.