Canadian electronics firm Datawind, known for its affordable Aakash tablets, in collaboration with R Com (Reliance Communication), launched the cheapest smartphones – PocketSurfer 2G4, 3G4 series – in India on Tuesday (17 March).
"The new range of smartphones (PocketSurfer) is powered with free unlimited Internet browsing for a year on Reliance Communications (RCoM) network," PTI quoted Suneet Singh Tuli, Datawind, CEO & President as saying.
Datawind is upbeat on PocketSurfer series' prospects in India, with a plan to sell close to 50 lakh units in the next 12 months.
Datawind is betting big on Tier-I and Ttier-II cities in India drive company's revenues. It cited a recent industry survey, which said that in India, 1.3 crore feature phones are purchased each month at price points below ₹3,000.
The new PocketSurfer 2G4 comes with a price-tag of ₹1,999. It sports 3.5-inch display and ships with dual-SIM slots, EDGE connectivity feature. Other features are still under wraps.
On the other hand, PocketSurfer 3G4 is higher-end variant of the above model. It boasts 3G connectivity support, 4.0-inch display and dual cameras, and costs ₹2,999.
Under the hood, it ships with Android 4.4.2 KitKat, 1.0GHz Cortex A7 processor, 256MB RAM, 512MB inbuilt memory and a 1200 mAh battery, which can run the phone for close to 3 days in standby mode.
The 5.0-inch big-screen model PocketSurfer 3G5 costs ₹5,499. Prospective buyers of this phone can browse the web for free for a whole year.
All the PocketSurfer series smartphones will reportedly be available on Naaptol's TV, print and online shopping platforms starting from 17 March. Later, they will be available in retail shops such as Sangeetha Mobiles, Spice Hotspot Retail, and other key modern trade and retail partners from 24 March.
Key specifications of Datawind PocketSurfer 3G4:
|Model||DataWind PocketSurfer 3G4|
|Display||4.0-inch qHD (960x540p) screen|
|OS||Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS|
|Processor||1.0GHz Cortex A7 CPU|
|Storage Capacity||512MB, expandable up to 32GB|
|Add-ons||Dual-SIM slots, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi (with Hot Spot), FM Radio|
|Dimensions||123.0 x 64.0 x 10.0 mm|