Report: XOLO Windows Phone to be ‘world's lightest smartphone' at just 100g

Indian brand XOLO launched its first Windows tablet, the 'Win' earlier this week, and it will soon launch its first Windows Phone too. The company, which said in December that it aimed to be the first Indian vendor to launch a homegrown Windows Phone, looks set to be beaten to market by its domestic rival Micromax, which is understood to be announcing two WP handsets on June 16. 

But while XOLO may be a little later than planned to the Windows Phone party, it may yet make an impact with its arrival. Unnamed sources told The Times of India that the company's first handset based on Microsoft's mobile OS will be ultra-light - indeed, it is said to be the lightest smartphone ever launched, weighing in at just 100g. Among the lightest smartphones currently on sale are Apple's iPhone 5s (112g) and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (107g).

The XOLO Win phone will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch display and a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200-8212 chipset. The 8212 runs up to 1.2GHz, and its Adreno 302 GPU can handle HD (but not Full HD) graphics, although it is not yet clear if the XOLO device will feature a HD display, or one with lower resolution. 

The new handset is expected to be announced in early July, and will reportedly be priced at around Rs.12,000 INR ($201 USD). XOLO did not comment on The Times' report, but with just a few weeks to go until the handset is rumoured to launch, we hopefully won't have to wait too long to find out more. 

Source: The Times of India | image is illustrative, and is not intended to represent the design of the XOLO device

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I am just worried about the quality these local hardware vendors are going to deliver.. they are not much known for their customer support either..

Interesting. I can appreciate a phone that tries to excel in one aspect. As long as it doesnt come at a cost in other departments. Take my Lumia 920 for example. Great what they tried to do with the camera, but in reterospect I have to admit that the beast is too heavy. You can't easily pick it up with two fingers to quickly glance at the screen when you're in bed (for example).

With all of these local OEMs getting onboard, it may not be long before Microsoft/Nokia is not the leading brand of Windows Phone regarding market share...

oh another thing where i believe microsoft underestimated the market.

in my country whatsapp is dominating for like 99%. its crazy really. everyone uses only whatsapp.

so when the windows phone devices launched that app was working incredibly poor. through word of mouth that critisism spread insanely fast. noone dared to buy a windows phone.

what im saying is: the important apps for the specific markets, they have to be top notch. else the consumers notice that and the brand can be ruined forever or years as long as there are potent competitors llike android or apple in the market.

its like: "why should i buy a windows phone?" - i still cannot give a plausible enough answer to that. microsoft needs to add killer features fast.

You keep saying my country without giving the name. What useful information is it to the readers if you will keep the name of that country "secret". Do we care about "your country" ?

What you need the name for?

AtriusNY said,
You keep saying my country without giving the name. What useful information is it to the readers if you will keep the name of that country "secret". Do we care about "your country" ?

If you want a phone to surf the internet in 4G LTE, WI-FI on, Location On, snap pictures, catch a movie on Netflix(4G LTE of course)(1080p),voice navigation(no data required), Bluetooth headset, take and answer calls, whatsapp, office documents, and stream music throughout the course of a day on a single charge might be a good plausible reason? Can all be done on a lumia 1520....do not fear the size.

typu said,
What you need the name for?

So, we can relate to any argument you are providing. However valid your points are, if there is no context for others to validated it against (in this case your country) then they becomes moot points.

I am not picking on why you are not providing the country name, just saying.

The information you give doesn't mean anything without the name of the country. Is it a big country, small country, developing country or a developed country... etc

Actually that you even ask this question to me says a lot about how much seriously you should be taken.

AtriusNY said,
The information you give doesn't mean anything without the name of the country. Is it a big country, small country, developing country or a developed country... etc

Actually that you even ask this question to me says a lot about how much seriously you should be taken.


Not asking for the information myself. Merely trying to say that when you are putting a point forward, a context should be provided too, you didn't.

By saying this, I am not taking anyone's side either. The fact that you taking this so seriously proves that your points shouldn't be taken so seriously either.

Good day.

wrack said,

Not asking for the information myself. Merely trying to say that when you are putting a point forward, a context should be provided too, you didn't.

By saying this, I am not taking anyone's side either. The fact that you taking this so seriously proves that your points shouldn't be taken so seriously either.

Good day.

What are you talking about? I wasn't even referring to you.

AtriusNY said,

What are you talking about? I wasn't even referring to you.


There was no quote so I assume it wad directed to me :)

If anyone can push out the needed volumes to see the OS grow share it's these low budget OEMs/ODMs. The devices overall might not be the best spec'd but the prices are low enough that they do well relative to the high-end expensive models that go for crazy $600-$800 prices.

question is - do such low budget phones really thrive the development of high quality apps?

the todays mobile phones are more about ecosystem than about core functionalities. microsoft has to look for the mobile crown. i highly doubt that strategy is going to work with low budget devices. its just not sexy enough to be in the game where the big money is flowing.

Edited by typu, Jun 15 2014, 9:41am :

typu said,
question is - do such low budget phones really thrive the development of high quality apps?

I can't speak to the quality because the apps they bring are for markets where I don't live and for services I don't use. For example, the growth of WP in India has brought a good chunk of services for that country be it for media or banks and so on, but I don't live there so I can't use them and I don't know how they're quality is.

That's for emerging markets though, for developed countries like the US and EU you need to see lower priced but more mid-ranged devices to push those volumes. We need a good Lumia 730 and 830 for example but priced between $150-$250 depending on the hardware.

i also believe that the marketing efforts of microsoft are simply not sufficient.

e.g. in my country, apple is king. i think there is no other country in the world with more apple devices in relation to the population. in our big shops there is always a nice area with all kinds of apple devices. looks like in their shops, good designed furniture etc.

the area for microsoft devices (phones/surface) is in the corners, nearly hidden, without any advertisment etc. its a shame really.

so i think producing good hardware/software is one thing, but without the proper advertisement its just a loosing game.

but yeah, i cant speak for emerking markets. i just think there is not much money to get. nokia is still selling tons of feature phones, but they dont have a good margin i believe.

TYPU - First you must make sure you have good hardware/software which is then followed with proper advertisement and marketing. Most companies go the other way around and thus lose in the long run. MS/Nokia is here to stay due to the robust quality and build of their phones and services. They are still gearing up and now getting OEM's involved. They have set a high standard for all to follow on a build that has been re built from scratch. Low cost phones is the were the battle will be won. What windows platform can soon offer will not be currently matched.

FYI- My country(USA) - CA - Silicon Valley Bay Area - Get ready for MSFT Comeback