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.
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!