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Microsoft Preparing Ground For Cheaper WIndows Phone Handsets

The president of Microsoft's Windows Phone division, Andy Lees, has spoken enthusiastically about future Windows Phone handsets that will be cheaper than the current generation.

PCMag (opens in new tab) reports that current and future Windows Phone OS will be able to offload many user interface elements to the GPU on the phone's system on chip.

This will allow manufacturers to use cheaper chipsets without hampering performance, and the glut of WVGA smartphones on the market from Android means that these screens are as cheap as similar sized HVGA or QVGA screens.

Lees explained, "If you can get the same price for a screen where the resolution is consistent for end users and developers, that's a more consistent solution ... you'll see as we go to different parts of the world at different price points, very cheap phones."

First generation Windows Phone handsets have all used a 1GHz Qualcomm system on chip with an older Adreno 205 GPU.

Future handsets will be able to use more powerful SoCs which will become cheaper thanks to the increasing competition (Qualcomm being no longer the only manufacturer on the block) and the ever finer manufacturing processes.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.