Introducing... the Trekstor WinPhone 5.0

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A somewhat less than inspiring name, but at least it's higher end than the Wileyfox Pro, also launched at IFA 2017 in Berlin. The Trekstor WinPhone 5.0 is mid-range, metal and Continuum compatible, see below for's hands-on impressions and video (the latter in German, mind you) of a preproduction sample...

Trekstor is a German manufacturer, by the way, so IFA is a natural launch event, with exclusivity given to a German language Windows site here. From the coverage:

Technical data of the Trekstor WinPhone 5.0

  • Display:  5-inch HD-IPS
  • Processor:  Qualcomm Snapdragon 617
  • Memory: 3 gigabytes
  • Memory:  16 gigabytes
  • Connections:  MicroUSB, 3.5mm audio

Processing & design

The device is wrapped in glass on the back and looks very nice and noble. It also feels solid and good, also because the sides are framed by aluminum. The volume controls are in contrast to the Lumia products on the left side, the on-off button is easily accessible right placed. The loudspeakers are located at the bottom next to the charging port. All in all, the smartphone - similar to the Samsung Galaxy A5 - feels very high-quality and is also well in the hand. The only downside is the very vulnerable glass back, on which every fingerprint is immediately visible. According to the manufacturer, however, the glass is still to be improved so that fingerprints should be less visible in the final version...

The estimated launch price is 300 Euros, so about £250, not too far off that of the lower specification Wileyfox Pro, also from IFA 2017. The intended market is apparently the same, i.e. businesses who need a relatively low cost (i.e. not iPhone), ultra-secure (i.e. not Android) Windows (and here Continuum)-compatible phone for their employees.

Enthusiasts around these parts will still take their chances with the also new Alcatel IDOL 4 Pro or an older Lumia, of course.

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