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But some of the countries are relatively small markets

Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) was quick to seize on good news from market analytics firm International Data Corp.'s (IDC) survey of international phone sales.  While the report unsurprisingly showed Android to be the king of virtually every region, the report showed that in some nations Windows Phones are outselling Apple, Inc.'s (AAPL) iPhone.

But before Apple fans explode with indignation, yes there is a catch.  Windows Phone outsold the iPhone in a smattering of emerging markets, where the high price of Apple's trendy phone is probably a barrier to sales success.  In total Windows Phone led the iPhone in Argentina, India, Poland, Russia, South Africa, Ukraine, and "rest of central and eastern Europe".

The success in India is a pretty big deal because that's going to be a huge smartphone market.  But other regions like Ukraine, South Africa, and "rest of... Europe" (smaller countries) are all markets of 100,000 or less smartphone units annually.

Lumia 520
The Lumia 520 [Image Source: Nokia]

The arrival of low-end Windows Phone devices -- namely Nokia Oyj.'s (HEX:NOK1VLumia 520/620 -- has certainly boosted Windows Phone.  Much like Android, Microsoft and its third-party hardware partners appear to be starting their assault on the iPhone at the low-end.  While today's flagship Android phones put the iPhone's hardware to shame, the earliest Androids were largely budget devices.

It remains to be seen, though, whether Windows Phone can duplicate Android's successful creep into the high-end of the market.  Microsoft is betting big on the Windows Phone Blue refresh, which will likely be the next major platform refresh.  That update is expected to land sometime in the October/November window.  The good news for Windows Phone 8 device owners is that Microsoft reportedly will be supporting current generation devices in the upgrade this time around.

Source: Microsoft [TechNet]

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RE: Good progress...
By FITCamaro on 3/28/2013 8:17:32 AM , Rating: 3
I went with a 2500k instead of an i7 because of the cost difference and practically no benefit in games. Would help with encoding times, but for me that's about it.

RE: Good progress...
By bug77 on 3/28/2013 8:44:19 AM , Rating: 2
Hear, hear!
I'm also on a 2500k, which, although unlocked, I don't feel the need to overclock. I don't do video encoding or 3D modelling either. I do use a VM quite often. It gets its own 2 cores and both host and guest are happy.

RE: Good progress...
By jjlj on 3/28/2013 10:25:44 AM , Rating: 3
I know this is way off topic, lol. But yep, the 2500K is a nice processor. Paired with an SSD and plenty of ram. I am not upgrading for many many many years to come.

RE: Good progress...
By EricMartello on 3/28/2013 4:42:53 PM , Rating: 2
I replaced my 980X with a 3770S because the performance was very similar yet the 3770S runs cool with a 65W TDP (980X was double this at 130W TDP). I do not miss those 4 extra cores that the 980X had.

RE: Good progress...
By TakinYourPoints on 3/28/2013 3:46:33 PM , Rating: 2
Yup, the difference between having hyperthreading and none was negligible. We are just now starting to see benefits in bleeding edge games like Crysis 3.

RE: Good progress...
By StormyKnight on 3/29/2013 1:55:07 AM , Rating: 2
Same here. Built the rig almost a year ago. I get a stable overclock of 4.5GHz in a well ventilated Cooler Master HAF932 case. Great little cpu. My first Intel build. I also thought that the i7 was overkill for what I needed.

RE: Good progress...
By Paj on 4/3/2013 9:48:57 AM , Rating: 2
Same, although I got the 3570K Ivy Bridge version (which is practically identical to the Sandy Bridge you have anyway).

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