The tech world is surely getting highly populated with numerous budget smartphones, which seem to have vowed to see the funeral of the basic feature phones. Among the budget phones, the Windows based smartphones are highly popular although the smartphone domain is primarily ruled by the Android phones.
Joining the bandwagon of the super affordable smartphones, Celkon, an Indian mobile phone manufacturer has launched its first ever Windows based smartphone in India, christened as the Celkon Win 400. The interesting fact about this new smartphone is that it is the cheapest Windows phone that is available in the Indian mobile market.
Celkon had been rumored for quite some time to be busy developing its first Windows Phone based device. Finally, the company has launched its new Win 400 in the beginning of this month on an e-commerce website.
The new Celkon Win 400 is now India’s most affordable smartphone that is based on the latest Windows Phone 8.1 OS version tagged only at Rs. 4,979. This phone under Rs. 5000 shopping budget is surely going to bring in a lot of takers for this new smartphone.
The new Celkon Win 400 is not only a super budget Windows smartphone tagged at less than Rs. 5000, it also comes loaded with many features that seem to be quite great considering its price point. This handset certainly increases the level of the lowest-end smartphone that are available in the market at throw away prices. At present, the new Celkon Win 400 is exclusively offered for sale on Snapdeal.com.
The new Celkon Win 400 smartphone apart from featuring Microsoft’s mobile platform is developed on a Qualcomm Reference Design. The mobile phone promises to offer good amount of smartphone experience along with many features that are not even expected at this price point. With the launch of Win 400, Celkon has joined the local Indian mobile manufacturer’s Windows phone club and will be giving a tough fight to the other homegrown mobile makers’ offerings such as Micromax, Xolo and Karbonn.
Celkon Win 400 Review: Cheapest Windows Phone Ever
Now, let’s consider the capabilities of the new Celkon Win 400 and what all it comes packed with to lure in buyers.
Display & Design
The new Celkon Win 400 comes with a good 4 inch IPS Capacitive touchscreen display that comes with WVGA and screen resolution of 480×800 pixels. This screen resolution is at par with the entry-level smartphones in India and more really can’t be expected considering its low price. The Win 400 comes with a simple yet neat design. It is built with cheap plastic to keep its price low, but does not feel too fragile.
The Celkon Win 400 despite being a very low-cost smartphone comes with a good 5 MP primary camera at the rear which even comes along with LED flash. This surely will enable the users to take some great snaps even in low light conditions. The phone obviously also has not forgotten the selfie lovers and packs in a 1.3 MP front facing snapper which should facilitate a good amount of video chats as well. The cameras are really good for the asking price of the device, however it does not offer many photography features which should not even be expected at its price point.
Processor & OS
The new Celkon Win 400 has been powered by a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor clocked at 1.3 GHz of speed. The system is supported by a minimal 512 MB of RAM. This hardware spec should be enough to offer moderate performance that can be expected from a device within such a price slab. This new smartphone is expected to offer a pretty hassle fee performance owing to the latest Windows Phone platform. The Celkon Win 400 runs on the latest version of Windows Phone 8.1 operating system which is highly resourceful and offers a joyful smartphone experience.
When it comes to inbuilt memory, the new Celkon Win 400 again comes with the meager 4 GB of storage space. However, at this price point even this is pretty acceptable. While the 4 GB of provided on board storage space will not be enough to save much of your content apart from some of the lightweight applications, Celkon has offered the flexibility of micro SD card slot which allows the users to expand the device’s storage capacity to up to 32 GB which is far more than enough for any entry-level smartphone user.
The Celkon Win 400 draws its juice from a 1,500 mAh battery pack. Though the battery pack is not powerful enough to impress, but it can offer a talk time of up to 5 hours and up to a good amount of 200 hours of standby time which should be enough at least as can be expected from a device of this price range. The low backup capacity is surely a downside, but again this sort of battery backup is pretty standard in the low-end smartphone segment, and this should not go against the device at least when compared to its own class rivals.
The new Celkon Win 400 budget phone supports all the modern standard connectivity options including 2G, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and micro USB. Thus, in terms of connectivity options this mobile offers standard capability.
The new Celkon Win 400 budget phone will be competing head long with several low-cost Windows smartphones from various manufacturers including the Micromax Canvas Win W092, Karbonn Titanium Wind W4, Asus Zenfone 4 and Xolo Win Q900s.
The new Celkon Win 400 might not be a very great phone to consider, but at just Rs. 4,979, it certainly is a good budget choice. It has pretty good specs and features excepting the RAM and inbuilt storage space. Moreover, it also comes with good camera specs along with LED flash which are definitely advantageous. Thus, if you are looking for a low-cost smartphone based on Windows Phone platform along with good features, the new Win 400 from Celkon is certainly worth a buy.
This is a Guest Post by Kundan Srivastava. Kundan is passionate about technology. He’s working at 91mobiles.com and writes about the latest in the tech domain, right from devices to innovations. He recommend Celkon Win 400 a good budget choice.