Vikas Sehgal, co-founder and director of Indian phone manufacturer XOLO, has told The Economic Times of India that his company is working on Windows Phone 8.1 handsets and Windows tablets, with the first devices set to go on sale next year. Sehgal expects expects its WP handsets to be affordable and priced similarly to its existing Android range: ‘Pricing of these devices would be no different from the prices of XOLO Android smartphones and tablets. XOLO Windows Phone smartphones would be priced in the $150-$300 range.’
Sehgal added, ‘There is certainly an ecosystem cost attached to the Windows OS, which is higher. But it’s an early stage scenario; as time goes by, we believe that it will also get neutralised.’
XOLO says that it plans to ‘launch the first XOLO Windows Phone by early next quarter, which will make us the first Indian smartphone maker to launch Windows Phone in India.’ In July, Indian manufacturer Micromax – the country’s second-largest smartphone vendor – also said that it planned to launch Windows Phone handsets, but has not disclosed any further details.