For a tech giant supervised by an executive with Indian roots, Microsoft holds a shamefully small stake of one of the world’s fastest-growing smartphone markets. Even worse, Redmond is yet to officially roll out the Surface Pro 3 around those parts, over a year after the Windows 8.1 pre-loaded 2-in-1’s “global” launch.
But CEO Satya Nadella just promised at a Mumbai keynote address all that’s about to change, as the Lumia 950 and Lumia 950 XL aim to chip away Samsung’s Indian high-end mobile popularity starting December.
The two Windows 10 Mobile flagships will cost a few bucks more than stateside, though overall, the quality – pricing ratio remains decently compelling. Get ready to cough up Rs 38,000 (USD 580) for the smaller, Snapdragon 808-powered model, and Rs 43,000 ($655) on the 5.7-inch, SD810-packing version.
Of course, it’s vital for MS to also continue to cater to cash-strapped handheld buyers in so-called emerging Asian markets, so the Lumia 550 should itself make a commercial Indian debut before long, at an undisclosed MSRP.
Meanwhile, the Windows 10 Pro-running Surface Pro 4 tablet/laptop hybrid will go on sale in January or February from Microsoft Priority Resellers, possibly joined by the Pro 3 at a lower price point. Unfortunately, both tags are very much up in the air, and so, we’re left hoping for negligible premiums applied over Western fees. How about… Rs 60,000 and up for the Pro 4, and Rs 47,000 for the “entry-level” Surface Pro 3?