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IFA 2017 | The Trekstor WinPhone 5.0 is the better of two new Windows Phones and will likely appeal to businesses

Windows Phone. (Source: Microsoft)
Windows Phone. (Source: Microsoft)
Two new Windows Phones were announced at IFA 2017. One appears to be an overpriced budget phone, but the second is a premium looking mid-range handset that wouldn't look out of place in a business environment.

There has been a slow decline in Windows Phone with no new devices from Microsoft since late 2015, a a lack of updates for software on the platform, and only teasers about the Surface Phone. However, there are a significant number of businesses who are either too invested in the ecosystem to easily transfer or don’t have the budget for replacement with phones that have continuing security update support, such as the iPhone or Pixel. These businesses need decent budget and mid-range devices to hold them over until Microsoft breathes life back into their platform, or until they can move to another ecosystem.

These requirements are likely why there were two new Windows Phones announced at IFA 2017. The first was a thoroughly budget-spec’d handset from WileyFox with a not-so-budget-friendly price of 250 Euros (US$296). The phone features a Snapdragon 210 (from 2014), 2 GB RAM, 720p display, 2100 mAh battery, and an 8 MP rear camera, which we believe makes the phone significantly overpriced when compared to the older entry level Lumia phones. It appears to be an underwhelming phone at best.

The other is the Trekstor WinPhone 5.0, with a rumored price of less than 300 Euro (US$355, although price not confirmed). It packs a slightly newer Snapdragon 617, 3 GB RAM, 16 GB Storage, and a 720p screen, so if the rumored price is correct then it will be much better value than the offering from WileyFox. The body is made of a glass back panel with aluminum wrapping around the frame, which is good considering that for the target business market, having a phone that looks ‘business class’ is often a key purchase decision.

While neither is 'flagship class,' it is interesting to see companies still producing Windows Phones to fill the gap until Microsoft (hopefully) brings us a surface phone. There won’t be many consumers trying to get their hands on these, but there are likely some relieved businesses who will have a way to delay the expense of switching thousands of phones to a new ecosystem.

Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)
Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)
Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)
Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)
Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)
Trekstor WinPhone 5.0. (Source: Windows Area)

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Craig Ward, 2017-09- 3 (Update: 2017-09- 4)
Craig Ward
Craig Ward - News Editor
I grew up in a family surrounded by technology, starting with my father loading up games for me on a Commodore 64, and later on a 486. In the late 90's and early 00's I started learning how to tinker with Windows, while also playing around with Linux distributions, both of which gave me an interest for learning how to make software do what you want it to do, and modifying settings that aren't normally user accessible. After this I started building my own computers, and tearing laptops apart, which gave me an insight into hardware and how it works in a complete system. Now keeping up with the latest in hardware and software news is a passion of mine.