OliveFluid – large screen Android with low price tag
It seems to be raining low-cost Android handsets in India. We had barely recovered from seeing Acer’s minified Liquid Metal when along comes the news that Olive Telecom have released an Android handset with a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display (yep, as big as THAT phone which started it all) for a price tag of Rs 7,990. Dubbed the OliveFluid VW1 (yes, another watery name after the Liquid Metal!), the handset offers reasonable innards for its price tag – it has a 468 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, storage expandable to 32 GB, a 3 megapixel camera, 3G connectivity, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the like. Olive has also bundled Live TV (via Zenga) on the handset. Mind you, it runs Android 2.1, which is now looking its age, but all said and done, getting that big a display (HVGA resolution) at a sub-Rs 8,000 price is pretty much unheard of in the Indian market. The design looks a bit on the basic side, but as in the OlivePad, we are sure there are many people in the price sensitive Indian market who will be swayed at getting so much for so little. Review? Watch this space closely.