Philips Xenium W9588 now available in China for whopping $823

Philips Xenium W9588 now available in China for whopping $823

It seems there’s a subset of users in China who can’t imagine owning a non-clamshell smartphone. Samsung has thus far served this community best and now Phillips wants a bigger slice of the pie.

The newly launched Xenium W9588 isn’t exactly an easy sell, quite the contrary. It’s a super-expensive mid-range smartphone with specs that include a pair of 3.5-inch 854×480 touchscreens, MediaTek’s MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core chip, 1GB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera on the back, and 4GB of expandable memory. All this is sold for whopping 4,999 Yuan, the amount that translates into some $823. Yeah, you should be able to get a much better phone for that money so we’re not really sure who in the world would want to get the Xenium W9588 over something much better; something like HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4 or LG G2. You *really* need to love the clamshell form factor to get Philips’ baby instead of something else. And no, we’re not sure whether the W9588 will ever be released in the West… and honestly, we don’t need it (with that price) anyway…

[Via: Unwired View]

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