Datawind known for low-cost Aakash tablets has forayed into smartphone market by launching three 5-inch Touchscreen, Dual-SIM smartphones starting at Rs.3, 499.The company is banking on technology it has developed that compresses web pages 30-times to increase the speed at which consumers can view pages on a mobile phone screen.
PocketSurfer3G5 priced at Rs 6,499, PocketSurfer5 at Rs 4,999 and PocketSurfer 5X at Rs.3, 499. The lowest version of PocketSurfer smartphone has Linux operating system which was earlier seen in Motorola phones. The other two phones, PocketSurfer 5 and PocketSurfer 3GS are built on Android 4.0 platform.
Samsung, Micromax and Karbonn hold over 60% of the domestic smartphone market where the five-inch smartphones make up a large chunk of what consumers buy. Datawind is talking to a few service providers to bundle free data with the handsets, Tuli said.
PocketSurfer3G5 priced at Rs 6,499 runs on Android 4.2 and is powered by dual-core 1.2 Ghz. It feature 5-inch TFT capacitive screen. It comes with the battery that offers four hours of talk time, 2 days standby. expandable to 32GB with microSD Card. It has memory of 4GB, expandable to 32GB with microSD Card. it boasts of 5MP camera.
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The dual-SIM PocketSurfer5 features 5” TFT Capacitive dis play and is priced at Rs 4,999. It runs on Android 4.0 and is powered by Cortex A9 – 1 Ghz. The battery offers3 hours of talk time with 2 days standby.
The entry level PocketSurfer 5X is priced at at Rs.3, 499. It runs on Linux os and is powered by Cortex A8 – 1Ghz. It features 5” TFT Touch WQVGA screen and comes with Micro SD & Micro USB port. It has Front VGA camera and battery offers 3 hours of talk time, 1 day standby.
The company has started online booking of phones and will provide cash-on-delivery option to customers.