This week, Indian devices brand Lava unveiled its first Windows Phone, available for the astonishingly low price of just Rs.4,999 INR (roughly $81 USD). Lava is the parent company of XOLO, which also joined Windows Phone earlier this year, with the launch of its Win Q900s.
It looks like XOLO may be planning to expand its Windows Phone range with a new handset in the not-too-distant future. As WMPowerUser reports, shipping manifests tracked by import/export data site Zauba.com show that consignments of a handset referred to as the XOLO 'Win Q1000' made their way from China to Delhi last month.
Little is known about the device; the documentation reveals only that it will have a 5-inch display (slightly larger than the 4.7-inch screen of the Win Q900s), along with dual-SIM support, and that 10,000 units have been shipped. The fact that the handsets are now shipping in such volumes from factories in China to distribution channels in India - along with dummy units for stores - suggests that the launch of the Q1000 may not be too far off.
The value of each handset - listed at around Rs.5,400 ($87) - is not the same as the price that consumers will pay for the device, as it does not factor in applicable mark-ups, taxes or tariffs that will be added to the handset before it goes on sale in various markets.
Even so, the basic value of each unit suggests that the XOLO Win Q1000 isn't destined to be a flagship-class device; like most of the other brands that have signed up to Windows Phone this year, it looks like XOLO will continue to focus on the lower end of the market.
Source and lower image: WMPowerUser