Indian handset maker Celkon officially announced the debut of its next Android smartphone called A8+.

The company which has been part of the budget smartphone market for the past couple of years is trying to match the pace of the handset segment by rolling out a number of handsets. The price of the A8+ smartphone is yet to be announced, but is assumed to come cheap considering its specifications.

The handset sports a 3.5-inch capacitive display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It packs a 2-megapixel rear camera and a VGA secondary camera along with a 1,500mAh battery. The smartphone comes preloaded with apps such as My Mango, Opera Mini and Yupp TV and has support for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a dual-SIM card slot. The phone uses the outdated Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, which is seen as a major drawback since other smartphones in the market use the latest Android platforms.

Last month, Celkon launched another budget smartphone called A9+. The smartphone which is priced ₹3, 299 was launched a few days after the company released its 5-inch Signature One A107. On the specifications front, Celkon's new handset comes with 3.5-inch display and is powered by a 1GHz processor. It runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and packs 256MB RAM. It supports GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi and houses a 2-megapixel rear camera plus a VGA front camera. The smartphone is powered by 1350mAh battery.

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