New Windows Phone 8.1 options arrive with launch of first models from Yezz
Microsoft has really started opening the floodgates when it comes to Windows Phone hardware partners, and earlier this year we heard the company confirm a whole bunch of new companies getting involved. For a market that’s been so utterly dominated by Nokia, bringing in some fresh blood sounded like fantastic news. Today we learn about two models on their way from the manufacturer Yezz, and at least one of them’s notable for just how thin it measures.
From who now? Yezz isn’t exactly a smartphone company that pops up often on our radar, but making its Windows Phone debut is reason enough to get us paying attention. Its two new phones form its “Billy” family of models, the Billy 4.7 and 4.0.
The Billy 4.7 is a dual-SIM handset with a 4.7-inch 720p display, Snapdragon SoC, and 13MP main camera. We don’t get any figure for RAM nor storage (which is rarely a good sign) and there’s no LTE, with the phone topping-out at 42.2Mbps HSDPA+, but the handset does come at a pretty affordable price, going for just $250 unlocked. At just 7.2mm thick, Yezz claims it will be the thinnest Windows Phone 8.1 model around – and yes, both Billy models will ship with 8.1 in place.
As for the Billy 4.0, the phone gets a 4-inch screen, quad-core SoC, and 8MP main camera with 1.3MP front-facer. Again, the details that aren’t being offered here – screen resolution, brand of SoC, and the same missing RAM and storage from the Billy 4.7 – have us worried that we’re looking at very low-end hardware, but maybe the price could help make up for that: $140. Will that draw shoppers away from models like the Lumia 630? It’ll be tough for a newcomer to compete with Nokia, especially with it under Microsoft’s control now, but like we said: we’re just happy to see new options arriving for Windows Phone.
Yezz is targeting the US, Europe, and Latin America for initial sales of these models, which should get underway later this month. Starting in June, sales of both Billy handsets will come to Amazon.