Micromax has been the face of the budget mobile phones for a while and now have become a face of the smartphones on a budget. Staying true to their tagline, Nothing like anything, Micromax has just launched their Spreadtrum’s processor based Micromax A65 Smarty which is the latest member of the Smarty family of smartphones from Micromax. The device is launched right after the launch of the A54 and has been priced quite competitively. Micromax A65 will retail for Rs.4,999.
A 4.3 inch capacitive display with a resolution of 800×480 pixels will adorn the front of the smartphone and such a big screen at this price point is something we have not seen yet from other Indian smatphone makers and Miccromax might just get the first mover advantage once more in this aspect. It has a dual sim support and 1GHz Spreadtrum processor based on Cortex A5 architecture which would offer decent performance since the device would ship with 512 MB of RAM.
Spice Mobility has just launched their next flagship, Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530 at a price tag of Rs 13,999. The Android based smartphone comes with a 5.3 inch screen which is the biggest from the house of Spice and the USP of the device will be the 5MP front camera which has not been offered even on the high end smartphones by the MNCs, let alone the Indian giants like Micromax and Karbonn.
Spice Stellar Pinnacle Mi-530 comes with a 5.3 inch qHD IPS display of resolution 960 x 540 pixe;s and the device has a 3G support for both the sim cards it can accommodate It is powered a 1.2 GHz dual core processor and finally to the relief of the budget smartphone buyer has a RAM of 512 MB. But then again, it misses out on the latest version of Android which is the Jelly Bean and instead ships with Android 4.0 ICS.
There is not a single electronics manufacturer which does not realize the importance of the Indian market if they plan on being a global success. And the latest company to venture into India to satiate the hunger of the Indians on the technology frontier, is the Hongkong based electronics company EKEN Electronics who have just launched their budget tablets in the Indian market at an event held in Kochi.
‘EKEN Leopard’ will be the name of the range of tablets and they will be priced between Rs.6,900 and Rs.11,999. “India is an exploding market with huge potential for cost effective tablets. This factor influenced us to launch quality budget tablets in India and this will enable computing advantage to everyone”, is what Edison Chang, CEO EKEN Electronics had to say through a press release after the launch of the tablets and the message pretty much conveys the company’s intent.
Lava came to the rescue of the tech giant Intel when most of the companies did not come forward to come into an alliance with them to use their chipsets. And Intel made sure they treated the budget Indian brand well. They brought in the high end Xolo X900 in association with LAVA but the brand did not have a very high aspirational value and the high end smartphone did not find many takers.
But Intl promised budget offerings in the later stages of association and those are the ones which Indians like to lay their hands on the most. And if a budget handset comes with the branding of something as big as Intel, sales numbers are surely going to go out of the ceiling. ava is all set to launch the Android powered Lava Xolo X500 which will be powered by the Atom Lexington Z2420 which Intel had showcased at the CES 2013.
Pune based electronics maker, Byond seems to be taking on its compatriots head on. Competition may be launching dual core smartphones at a higher price point but the sub Rs.10,000 price bracket is the one that would bring in volumes and they are looking to do just that. Byond has just launched an affordable dual core smartphone named Byond B63 at a price of Rs12,499 but it’s retailing at Rs.9,999 so we believe the latter will be the price of the smartphone.
The B63 comes with a 4.5 inch qHD TFT capacitive touch screen with a display resolution of 960×540 pixels and it launches with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean when every budget droid out there comes Androud 4.0.4 ICS. So yes that gives it an edge over the rest. It looks like HTC One X from the back panel which houses a 8 MP HD camera which we believe would give you better pictures than the other budget 8 MP snappers out there.
The last smart phone running Windows Phone 7.5 in the Lumia line-up – the Nokia Lumia 510 was launched near Diwali in India in November 2012. Lumia 510 was launched for Rs. 9999 INR being the cheapest windows phone smart phone available in the market. It was launched to take on the budget androids growing exponentially from different manufacturers but has it been able to do so? Lets find out in the review below.
The retail package consisted of the micro USB cable, battery, handset, user manuals and the headset, all in a small carry box.