Microsoft held an event in India recently where it launched Windows Phone 7.5 Mango in the country. The first device that will come to India is said to be the HTC Radar. The Radar is a flagship Mango device and will hit Indian stores as early as next week. Other Mango devices including the Samsung Omnia W and Acer Allegro will come to the carrier in November according to reports.
The Radar will sell for the equivalent of $485 USD in India with a 3.8-inch WVGA screen, 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, a 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, and 8GB of internal storage. The Allegro is claimed to be one of the first cheap Windows Phone devices. The devices will all offer apps specifically for the Indian market. Microsoft could really use a success in India as the Windows Phone OS is barely making a dent in other markets.
The latest numbers from Asymco show that Windows Phone has only 1.3% of the smartphone market and has sold only 1.4 million units as of the end of June. Apple had a million pre-orders of the iPhone 4S in about a week. Gartner suggests that Microsoft has a slightly better 1.6% of the market.