Moly X1 smartphone hopes to boost Windows 10 Mobile with its $180 price tag

The HP Elite X3 smartphone might be the best that Windows 10 Mobile has to offer, but there is no getting around its hefty price tag. That is where Chinese manufacturer Coship hopes to make some headway with its recently announced Moly X1 smartphone.

As far as design is concerned, the Moly X1 harkens back to the iPhone 4 by featuring a glass front and back, so make sure to hold it properly. A 5-megapixel sensor sits above the 5.5-inch, 1,280 x 720-pixel resolution display in the front, while the rear features a 13-megapixel sensor. Helping give the Moly X1 a stealthy look are flaps that cover the headphone jack and Micro USB port. The reason for the flaps? The phone is dust- and water-resistant, making it a good idea to cover those ports when near the pool.

Under the hood, Qualcomm’s 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor and 2GB RAM power the Moly X1, with the 16GB of native storage expandable by up to an additional 128GB through the MicroSD card slot. The 2,600mAh battery is a bit on the smaller end for a phone this size, but it promises to deliver 16 hours of talk time and over 10 days of standby time.

Finally, the Moly X1 runs Windows 10 Mobile, though the phone does not support Continuum due to the processing package.

Unfortunately, it is the software that might leave the Moly X1 dead in the water. The phone might start at an attractive $180, but Microsoft’s mobile version of Windows only holds around one percent of the market. Not helping matters is the NuAns Neo, a fellow Windows 10 Mobile phone that failed to get enough funding through Kickstarter to makes its way to interested hands.

Coship hopes to gather up enough backers to fund the Moly X1, but the company opted for Indiegogo. The phone currently has a $100,000 goal, with 18 days to reach it. Keep in mind that Coship will get to keep any funds it raises, regardless of whether the goal is met or not.

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