At an event in New Delhi’s Taj Mahal hotel today, Microsoft finally announced that it is launching its smartphone operating system in India, with a number of devices running Windows Phone 7.5 Mango. Bhaskar Pramanik, the company’s Indian chairman, announced that the first device to arrive in India will be the HTC Radar.
The HTC Radar, which is one of HTC’s first Mango devices, will be available in India from as early as next week, and will be followed by the Samsung Omnia W and the Acer Allegro in November. According to the blog I Love Windows Phone, the Radar will ship with localized applications specifically for the Indian market.
The Radar will be priced at ₹ 23,990 (approx. $485) in India, and for that you get a 3.8-inch WVGA SLCD display, a 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a front-facing VGA camera, and 8GB of internal storage.
However, the Acer Allegro may be one of the most exciting Windows Phone devices. According to a report published on Tuesday, the Allegro is set to be the first inexpensive Windows Phone handset, and will finally provide new or budget-conscious smartphone users with access to Microsoft’s platform.
In addition to those built-in applications specifically for the Indian market, the Windows Phone Marketplace will also welcome a number of third-party application for Indian users, such as the newspaper Times of India, and the deals service SnapDeal.
Are you excited about the launch of Windows Phone devices in India?