What would you say to an aluminum-wrapped Windows Phone 8.1 with a 13-megapixel camera and quad-core processor that costs about $250 unlocked? Miami-based phone-maker Yezz hopes it's a "yes."
The Billy 4.7 (and yes, it is named in honor of Microsoft founder Bill Gates) runs on Windows 8.1. Waifish at 0.28-inch thick (7.2mm), the 4.7-inch phone has a 1,280x720 HD resolution and support for HSPA+ 42, though not LTE.
Available on Amazon and from Yezz's own website in white, red, and blue shades, the dual-SIM Yezz Billy 4.7 will sell in late May for $249 in the US and €229 in Europe. It'll also show up across Latin America.
At under $250, the Yezz Billy 4.7 is absolutely priced to sell, and the specs are compelling, particularly for a midrange handset at this price.
Its biggest competition will come from Nokia's (now Microsoft's) dual-SIM version of the Lumia 630, which sells for $169 (€129) and runs on 3G only (its 635 is the single-SIM 4G LTE variant). Although the Yezz's camera megapixel count is higher on paper than the Lumia 630's 5-megapixel shooter, it takes real-world comparisons to tell which one produces the better images.
For those on a tighter budget, Yezz is also releasing the smaller, sparer Billy 4.0, whose 4-inch, 8-megapixel camera, and quad core processor add up to a $139 (€129) price tag.