Datawind PocketSurfer range of budget smartphones launched in India, prices start from Rs 3,499

Aakash tablet makers Datawind have launched their first range of smartphones in India called PocketSurfer. The range includes three new smartphones called the PocketSurfer 5x, PocketSurfer 5 and the PocketSurfer 3G5 with prices starting from Rs 3,499.

Starting with the PocketSurfer 5x, the dual-SIM device runs on the Linux OS and features a 5-inch WQVGA (400×240 pixels) resistive display, 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, front VGA camera, expandable memory, a battery that is said to last up to 3 hours of talktime and a day on standby mode and connectivity options like Bluetooth and FM Radio.

Though the device is priced at a pocket-friendly Rs 3,499, we aren’t sure why the company would launch a phone with outdated technology like resistive displays, no Wi-Fi, no rear camera and running on Linux OS at this point of time when we already have Android smartphones at similar price points.

The PocketSurfer 5, on the other hand, is a dual-SIM Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 5-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) capacitive display, 1GHz Cortex A9 SoC, 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, expandable memory, a battery that is said to last 3 hours of talktime and 2 days on standby mode and connectivity options like Edge, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio.

This smartphone is priced at Rs 4,999 and though it has the advantage of a bigger display, it faces stiff competition from other companies which offer smartphones at this range with better specs. For example, the Spice Smart Flo Ivory 2 Mi-423 is priced at Rs 4,099 and offers dual-core processor, 3.2-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or the Lava 3G 402 that is priced at Rs 5,000 and offers dual-core processor, 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera, Android Jelly Bean and 3G support.

Lastly, the dual-SIM PocketSurfer 3G5 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features a 5-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) capacitive display, 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 SoC, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, expandable memory, a battery that can survive through 4 hours of talktime and up to 2 days on standby mode and connectivity options like 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio.

It is priced at Rs 6,499, but again like its counterpart, faces stiff competition from the likes of the Karbonn A8 and the Intex Cloud Y2 among others. Also, if you can stretch your budget by Rs 1,000 you could get a quad-core smartphone like the Karbonn Titanium S1 or the Xolo Q600.