Prestigio's 5-inch HD Windows Phone goes on sale for $170

Back in April, at the launch of Windows Phone 8.1, Microsoft announced that it had signed up to two new hardware partners to the platform, in addition to the other nine that joined earlier this year. Micromax was the first of the two to launch its first Windows Phones in June, and now the second manufacturer has rolled out the first of its devices as well. 

Prestigio's MultiPhone 8500 DUO was officially unveiled at Computex in early June, but the device has just gone on sale, as WMPowerUser reports. 

The device features a 5-inch HD (1280x720px) IPS LCD protected by Gorilla Glass, along with a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 CPU and Adreno 302 GPU. There's also 1GB of RAM, a 2000mAh battery, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, as well as an 8MP rear camera and 2MP selfie-cam. 

At around 8.5mm-thick, the device isn't too chunky either, and some buyers may appreciate the standard dual-SIM support too. It doesn't offer 4G LTE connectivity, though, but it does at least come with a 24-month warranty. 

The MultiPhone 8500 DUO is now available to buy from Prestigio's official store for €128 EUR ($170 USD / £102 GBP) off-contract excluding taxes, with free express delivery to 53 countries around the world. For orders within the EU, value-added tax (VAT) will be charged at 21%, bringing the total price up to €154 ($205 / £122).

Would you consider a Prestigio Windows Phone? Or are you perhaps more loyal to Lumia? Let us know what you think of the MultiPhone 8500 DUO below!

Source: Prestigio Plaza via WMPowerUser | original product images via Prestigio

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TCLN Ryster said,
Is that sarcasm? Or do you actually believe that?

(For the record, I'm a Lumia 930 owner, and love it :) )

it has to do with the people who say "if its apple, its good"

I'm still none the wiser lol. Do you actually believe that all Windows Phones from any company other than Nokia are bad?

Gaara sama said,
2000mAh battery? mmmmm??

The page says 984 hours standby and 57 hours talk time with that battery, pretty hard to believe.

francescob said,

The page says 984 hours standby and 57 hours talk time with that battery, pretty hard to believe.

Yeah its pretty hard to believe.

Probably the closest thing we'll see to this, price and spec wise, in the US is the Windows Phone device from Blu.

I was interested till I seen the very low screen resolution.
Well that and 1 gig of ram is pretty low too.
But Windows Phones and I phones seem to be pretty low spec wise compared to Android.

LUTZIFER said,
I was interested till I seen the very low screen resolution.
Well that and 1 gig of ram is pretty low too.
But Windows Phones and I phones seem to be pretty low spec wise compared to Android.

What? It's a performance monster compared to the identically-priced Lumia 630 (WVGA, 512Mb, no flash, no front camera, no light/proximity sensors, lower capacity battery, etc.). Also this phone is already dual-sim, the 630 dual-sim model costs 30-40€ more. Overall it's also better than the Moto-G (that also is single sim and more expensive) so it's a pretty good deal providing the brand is reliable.

The screen is close to 300ppi, which is pretty darn good actually.
The 1GB of RAM shouldn't exactly limit it either.

Seems like great hardware for such a cheap price.

francescob said,

What? It's a performance monster compared to the identically-priced Lumia 630 (WVGA, 512Mb, no flash, no front camera, no light/proximity sensors, lower capacity battery, etc.). Also this phone is already dual-sim, the 630 dual-sim model costs 30-40€ more. Overall it's also better than the Moto-G (that also is single sim and more expensive) so it's a pretty good deal providing the brand is reliable.

no the 630 has a snapdragon 400 not a 200 so the soc is faster but the prestigio has beter hardware overall.

Astra.Xtreme said,
The screen is close to 300ppi, which is pretty darn good actually.
The 1GB of RAM shouldn't exactly limit it either.

Seems like great hardware for such a cheap price.

Yeah, stop thinking 720p on the PHONE is bad resolution. only a couple of years ago it was TOP SPEC, RETINA!!! lol

anyway, the specs look very good, and the price is nice! only thing, is the looks and reliability. i have no idea how good the product is, and how easy it is to claim warranty, and it looks ugly...

but the specs are NOT the issue!

michael1989 said,

no the 630 has a snapdragon 400 not a 200 so the soc is faster but the prestigio has beter hardware overall.


Weird I remember reading it had a 400. If it's an A7 it should be just as fast (the 630 is also 1.2ghz) while the GPU difference should be pretty neglegible (50Mhz less from 450).

francescob said,

Weird I remember reading it had a 400. If it's an A7 it should be just as fast (the 630 is also 1.2ghz) while the GPU difference should be pretty neglegible (50Mhz less from 450).

the snap 400 can handle 4g, 1080p playback h264 codex or 720p hev (h265) codec

the snap 200 can 'only' handle 3g and 720p h264/hevc playback

so as you said not that big of a difference

@LUTZIFER
these specs are on par (if not better) with the best priced android phones but thanks to wp this one will be faster and has more ram left to use when comparing to android.

Nik L said,
Isn't a quad core processor over-the-top for a Windows phone?

For the interface, yes. But some games and apps will benefit form it, and while it's not night and day, it does make the phone a bit snappier.

Nik L said,
Isn't a quad core processor over-the-top for a Windows phone?

How would you seduce the android crowd if not with numbers? WP and iOS have shown that what matters it's the experience. Android, until very recently, was about over-the-top specs.

Nik L said,
Isn't a quad core processor over-the-top for a Windows phone?

Cores mean nothing. It's the IPC (Instructions per cycle) that count and that processor is just a mid-low end model. Cores are just the new megapixels.

Nik L said,
Thank you for valid responses and not being lame fanboys. Pleasantly surprised :)

You gotta hand it to MS. They have build a ver smooth OS. Runs flawlessly even on the low end spectrum.