Budget Windows Phone 8 Smartphones for Valentine 2013 Season

It is Valentine season again. Perhaps you are looking to replace your smartphone or get one for a lover and are looking for Windows Phone 8 devices that dpn’t cost an arm and a leg? I have three of them for you.

HTC 8S

HTC-8S
– Display: 4.0-inch, 800 x 480 resolution S-LCD display, with Corning Gorilla Glass
– Processor: dual-core, 1.0GHz processor
– RAM: 512MB of RAM
– Weight: 113g
– Memory: 4GB internal memory with microSD card slot
– Camera: 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a front facing VGA camera
– Battery: 1,700 mAh
– Miscellaneous: Custom apps designed by local African developers for Africa
– Price: In the range of N50,000

Huawei 4Afrika

Huawei4Africa
– Display: 4.0-inch, 800 x 480 resolution LCD
– Processor: dual-core, 1.2GHz
– RAM: 512MB of RAM
– Weight: 130g
– Memory: 4GB internal memory with microSD card slot
– Camera: 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a front facing VGA camera
– Battery: 1,950 mAh
– Miscellaneous: Custom apps designed by local African developers for Africa
– Price: $150 (around N24,000, all things being equal)

Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia_Lumia_620
– Display: 3.8-inch, 800 x 480 resolution ClearBlack display
– Processor: dual-core, 1.0GHz
– RAM: 512MB of RAM
– Weight: 127g
– Memory: 8GB internal memory with microSD card slot
– Camera: 5 megapixel camera with 720p video recording and a front facing VGA camera
– Battery: 1,300 mAh
– Miscellaneous: Custom apps designed by local African developers for Africa
– Price: In the range of N40,000

All three of them run Windows Phone 8. I happen to know that the HTC 8S is available in the country already. I have been unable to locate the Lumi 620, and the just-announced Huawei is arriving before the end of the month.

I am not sure how Huawei is able to pull off a price tag that is about half of what the competition is pushing for similar devices, but I am sure that very few people will complain about such a bargain. We all know that Nokia has been pushing to deliver low-cost Windows Phone 8 smartphones to emerging markets, but it looks like Huawei is beating them to it.

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17 comments on “Budget Windows Phone 8 Smartphones for Valentine 2013 Season”

  1. Noni Reply

    I opted for the Lumia 620 over the HTC 8S. The front facing camera and removeable battery the deciding factor.

    Battery life isn’t brilliant but I’m beginning to understand Mr Mo’s love affair with the Windows Phone operating system!

  2. Olorunsuyi Daniel Reply

    Wow! good one for Huawei! having itchy fingers…Mr. Mo please let us know when it ships in.

  3. andy Reply

    Up up china, I just love those guys. God! How do they manage to do it? Tecno is hitting Nokia from the Asha end with their cheap droid phones and now Huawei is slaping nokia from the windows phone side with this.
    Who cares about OIS or supper sensitive screen here in Nigeria? The determining factor here is PRICE, average Nigerian who of course form 80% of the poulation is ready to compromise many things provided the price does not cost arms and legs.

  4. olusheenor Reply

    looks like am definitely buying the hauwei…those specs are a bargain! at least will experience WP8!

  5. Harry Echemco Reply

    With the list here and all things being equal, I would say that Windows Phone devices are beginning to catch up on pricing, though Nokia is still getting it wrong.

    They still need to go more especially in features.

  6. Soji Reply

    The Huawei is definitely a great bargain! Dunno how Huawei manage their pricing but I think its a winner even before it ships…and the specs? Wow! Looking forward to handling one soon.

  7. Harry Echemco Reply

    Mr Mo, I know those tiny mistakes you are leaving in your articles these days, like veating instead of beating, are there so you can blame touchscreen input. Lol.

    • Mister Mo

      Harry,

      LOL. na lie. I actually typed that article on a 14-inch laptop. Trouble with juggling article writing with checking my son’s homework. Will rectify. Thanks.

  8. olusheenor Reply

    harry, htc didnt get the specs of 8S worng..but nokia got 620 wrong..tell me a droid that has nokia lumia 620 specs at 40k? abi what features are you talking about? why are you so anti-nokia?

  9. Harry Echemco Reply

    @olusheenor:

    harry, htc didnt get the specs of 8S worng..but nokia got 620 wrong..tell me a droid that has nokia lumia 620 specs at 40k? abi what features are you talking about? why are you so anti-nokia?

    I think you are right there. Maybe I was reading it upside down. I think it feels good having something to complain about Apple and Nokia devices these days, and just in the spirit of that, I think the battery on the Lumia 620 is inferior to the other Windows Phone listed here and less than what you will find in most midrange smartphones these days.

    And yes, even android phones will struggle to better the specs and prices quoted here, but until you can buy these products at the price quoted here, don’t go celebrating yet. This is Nigeria.

  10. Noni Reply

    The battery on the Nokia Lumia 620 is not as powerful as that on my 2 year old Android phone. Apart from,that I can’t complain.

    In spite of that I still love my 620!

  11. Jmaine Reply

    The Lumia 620 will push the windows phone surge very fast, i have a couple of friends and family members who can’t wait to purchase the Lumia 620 . . .

    But with the price range of the Huawei device . . . Nigerians will flock towards that end if the build quality is seen to be solid enough . . .

  12. Mister Mo Reply

    I’m beginning to understand Mr Mo’s love affair with the Windows Phone operating system!

    Hallelujah!!! Noni is seeing the light! Praise the Lord. Who is next?

    :-D

  13. Belushi Reply

    I think the HUAWEI is the winner here. I will be getting one even if it retails for $200(considering the nigerian factor). It has the best specs here. I hope it will be durable though.

    With the huawei WP, i see them eating Nokia’s lunch in Africa

  14. tivta Reply

    What extras does nokia add? What i see is 1.2dual core, 4inch screen, 1980mah battery and of course price tag. I think nokia fanaticism is just the issue with you guys and girls, i go for quailty and price any day above brand. Nokia has lost it big time just like blackberry is doing.

  15. bosun99uk Reply

    Nokia offers the best Windows phone experience,

    Apple was once in a very bad situation.

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