A relative newcomer to the European mobile market, KAZAM got a jump on next week’s Mobile World Congress by pre-announcing some new Windows devices, including two Windows Phone handsets and three Windows 8.1 tablets.
KAZAM was founded in May 2013 and began selling Android phones in UK, Germany, France, Spain and Poland. Today, it serves over 15 countries in Europe and sells a single low-end Windows Phone handset, the Thunder 340W. But with this week’s announcements, the firm is expanding with more Windows devices, and into tablets.
“We are delighted to expand our relationship with KAZAM,” Microsoft vice president Peter Han said in a prepared statement. “These new Windows tablets and phones will diversify KAZAM’s Windows offerings across Europe and provide customers with a consistent yet personalized experience across devices.”
Looking over its product lines—I had never even heard of this company previous to today—I see an astonishing array of device models. But of most interest, of course, are the new Windows devices, which are based on Windows and Windows Phone 8.1, not Windows 10. Here’s what KAZAM is announcing.
KAZAM has announced two new Windows Phone 8.1 handsets, one a low-end device and one a mid-level handset. Here’s how they break down:
Thunder 450W. This 5-inch 720p device features a low-end Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP fixed focus front camera, and dual-SIM capabilities. It does not support LTE.
Thunder 450WL. This 5-inch 720p device features a mid-level Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage with microSD expansion, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP fixed focus front camera, and LTE. It does not support dual-SIM capabilities.
Pricing is not yet available.
Windows 8.1 tablets
KAZAM has announced three Windows 8.1 tablets, the KAZAM L7, KAZAM L8 and KAZAM L10, which as you might imagine are based on 7-, 8- and 10-inch screens, respectively, and each runs at 1280 x 800. There’s not a lot in the way of specifications, sorry, but the press release notes that each has an Intel quad-core processor (which I assume is an Atom), 2 MP front- and rear-facing cameras, and micro-USB , micro-HDMI, and microSD expansion. The L7 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. The L8 comes with 1 GB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of storage. The L10 has 2 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage.
The KAZAM press release humorously claims that the tablets run Windows Phone 8.1, which of course they do not. As with the phones, no word yet on pricing.
Note: I cribbed the product shots from Windows Central as I don’t see them anywhere else.