Microsoft has a vision, the vision of one operating system for all platforms. This is partly working pretty good already, Windows 10 has been released and is now installed on over 200 Million devices. Windows 10 for Xbox Consoles has been released as well and first devices are being shipped by Microsoft which are coming with Windows 10 Mobile pre-installed. Sure they are struggling here and there with their OS’ on all the platforms but Microsoft is working hard on making Windows 10 the best Windows experience yet. So far so good, Windows 10 is an established desktop operating system used by million of people worldwide, that’s not exactly what you can say about Windows 10 Mobile.
There Microsoft is still fighting with Google or more likely Samsung and Apple to get some market share. In Europe Microsoft is not doing that bad but in the rest of the world Windows 10 Mobile has a market share of about 1%. So one important thing to make Windows 10 Mobile a more used OS is to get as many manufactures as possible to produce a device with their OS.
Sure, it would be better to get better known companies to produce some Windows devices instead of some unknown ones. However, after Acer and Alcatel have announced a Windows 10 Mobile device there is some room for a less well known manufacturer. Funker, a Spanish company have yesterday announced the release of the W5.5 Pro running Windows 10 Mobile. I have to admit that I have never heard of the company before the had announced this phone, but since the W5.5 Pro is such a nice looking phone I am glad to know them now.
With the W5.5 Pro Funker is announcing a 6.9mm thick phone which is not only the slimmest Windows Phone ever produced but it is also slimmer than an iPhone. Great so not only the design of the phone is great but it is also the slickest one of it’s kind. That might be also the reason why the company decided to go with a 5.5 inch screen which is pretty big but they probably needed some space for the 2600 mAh battery inside the phone. There is another highlight about this phone, always wanted to buy a waterproof windows phone to take some shots underwater but couldn’t find one for that job. Well that is not unlikely since waterproof devices are very rare in the Windows ecosystem, however, with the Funker W5.5 Pro there is a beautifully crafted windows phone available to buy.
Apart from these highlights the phone is kind of mid end if you look at the specifications of the phone. Below is a list of all the hardware specs the phone is currently shipped with from Spain:
- 5.5-inch display with HD (1280x720px) resolution
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- 2600mAh battery
- 13MP rear camera with dual-flash
- 5MP front-facing camera
- Bluetooth 4.0 A2DP/HFP/OPP
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 4G LTE connectivity (bands 3/7/8/20)
- 154.8 x 78.6 x 6.9mm; 135g
- Price: 239.90€ –> ~$260
So the Funker W5.5 Pro surely has some features which are speaking for itself and are truly unique even in the iOS and Android world. Paired with such a nice design the W5.5 can be a successful device for this company. Though there are some things which are a bit disturbing like the in-build 16GB memory which is just not enough in 2016 where everyone has tons of music, photos and videos. Also the 720p HD display is not the finest you can get on todays smartphone market but hey for 239.90€ this is a great Windows 10 Mobile device and since Microsoft’s mobile operating system doesn’t need such good hardware to run smoothly I can only recommend you to get you one of these. The device is currently available to buy at Funkers Webshop.
I have bought one of these as well and do a couple of videos on it as soon as it has been shipped, so if you are interested in the Funker W5.5 Pro just stay tuned for a few videos. Head over to Funkers Website for more information on the device. Unfortunately the description is only available in Spanish so I have linked the translated version of the site here.