Microsoft may be continuing to crank out updates to its Windows 10 Mobile operating system, but there are only a handful of phones that actually run the software at this point, and soon Microsoft will even begin selling Android phones that run some Microsoft apps.

So is there really any demand for new Windows phones? Or is it silly to even try bringing new Windows phones to market at a time when it’s starting to look like Microsoft has thrown in the towel?

I guess we may find out soon, because WhartonBrooks has just announced a new crowdfunding campaign for a phone that could scratch the itch of some Windows fans. It’s called the Cerulean Moment and it’s an affordable smartphone which meets the minimum specs required for Continuum for Phone, allowing you to use the smartphone like a desktop computer.

The phone is expected to have a list price of $299, but early backers of the crowdfunding campaign can try to snag one for a pledge of $290. If all goes according to plan, the phones should begin shipping in August.

The Cerulean Moment’s specs include:

  • 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display with Gorilla GLass 3
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor
  • 3GB RAM
  • 32GB storage
  • Dual SIM support (or SIM + microSD card)
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5MP front camera (with autofocus)
  • 2,250 mAh battery
  • 142.4mm x 71.4mm x 7.6mm
  • 144 grams (5.1 ounces)

The phone has a GSM modem, which means it won’t work on Verizon or Sprint in the United States. In an interview with Windows Central, WhartonBrooks CEO Greg Murphy says that was a decision made to keep costs low (although it’ll likely reduce the potential customer base for the phone).

The phone also cuts a few other corners in order to keep the price low. For example, it features a micro USB port rather than USB Type-C, so if you want to use Continuum to connect an external display you’ll need to do it with a wireless display dongle.

Overall, the Cerulean Moment could appeal to folks who might have been looking for a Windows phone that’s cheaper than the Acer Liquid Jade Primo, HP Elite X2, or Lumia 950/950 XL… and who are willing to sacrifice some features for that lower price.

But I have to wonder if there are enough people out there who fit that bill and who are willing to place a pre-order through a crowdfunding project today for a phone that won’t ship for almost half a year.

The company had originally hoped to bring the phone to market without a crowdfunding campaign, but some last minute problems mean that WhartonBrooks needs to raise $1.1 million (by taking orders for about 3,900 phone) in order to finish work on the phone.

The good news is that the Indiegogo campaign is set for fixed funding, which means that if the campaign falls short of that goal, backers won’t have to pay anything.

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5 replies on “Would you buy a $300 Windows Phone with Continuum support? (Cerulean Moment hits Indiegogo)”

  1. I would totally buy something like this! But ONLY if the phone had an x86 chipset. Intel preferred. ARM is useless for every single thing I would want it for. Since ARM seems to be the way things will continue to trend, for mobile anyways, windows is effectively​ dead in the water for stuff like this. I would want a phone running Ubuntu long before I would want a phone running Windows if I was limited to ARM. The Ubuntu at least would be more customizable and fun.

  2. From what I have seen from Continuum (and Windows 10 Phone in general) I’m not interested in Windows 10 Phones, at any price point.

    Continuum sounds fun, but without Win32 support its worthless. If it had a decent web browser, it may serve some purpose, but Edge sucks.

    1. God yeah, Edge on the Elite x3 chugs and chokes with a much faster processor I wonder how horrible the experience would be here.

  3. While it sounds intriguing… no. I don’t have a use for such a thing yet, and it’s hard to see the advantages over a UMPC (especially with x86). I love Android for my phone, and Microsoft hasn’t left me a happy customer with my Windows 10 experience on the desktop; I only grudgingly use it to support games and some video software, and I’ve heavily modified it to prohibit telemetry and automatic restarts during my work. I feel like I fight with it almost as much as I fight with my MacOS laptop at work.

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