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Datawind launches affordable smartphones priced from Rs 1,999, partners with RCom for free Internet for 1 year

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DataWind, the company that promised uber-affordable Aakash tablets has come up with two new budget Android smartphones in India. Not only the smartphones are cheap but Datawind has tied up with RCom to offer ‘unlimited’ web browsing for an entire year.The phones dubbed 2G4 and 3G4 cost Rs 1,999 and Rs 2,999 respectively. Apart from the web browsing part the offer will also include free access to social networks and email usage. Also Read - Jack Dorsey resigns, Parag Agrawal is the new Twitter CEO

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The 2G4 comes with a 3.5-inch display and runs on a single-core ARM Cortex A7 SoC clocked at a modest 1GHz. It features a VGA rear camera and it doesn’t come with a front-facing camera. The phone still runs on the ancient Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The company hasn’t revealed the RAM or battery details of the smartphone. Also Read - Oppo foldable phone likely to feature Galaxy Z Fold 3 like design, tipped to get 50MP triple camera

The 3G4 comes as a better and more feature rich offering. It features a larger 4-inch display and runs on the Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It sports a 5-megapixel primary camera and an VGA sensor for the front camera. It too runs on an ARM Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1GHz.

The company has also come up with a refreshed version of the 3G5, the 5-inch PocketSurfer. The 3G5 runs on a Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1GHz and the camera department is taken care by the 3-megapixel primary camera and a VGA secondary camera.

We are delighted to partner with DataWind and offer unlimited data for 12 months on our high speed GSM data network, which will lead to a unique user experience on the PocketSurfer smartphones, which sport many technological breakthroughs, RCom CEO, consumer business Gurdeep Singh told India Today.

The free Internet move seems to be aimed at capturing the first time Internet users just like how RCom intended to do with its Internet.org partnership with Facebook. In this case, users will be able to access free web browsing when done via the built-in PocketSurfer browser. However, audio and video streaming won’t be free.

Both the devices will be put up for sale on Naaptol and will also be made available via traditional brick and mortar retail outlets. With such frugal hardware specifications, it remains to be seen how well the phones perform in real world usage. In a bid to achieve a low price point, we have seen similar efforts like the Rs 1,999 Firefox smartphone that was essentially unusable. We will have to wait to get our hands on the Datawind smartphones to see if they do any better.

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  • Published Date: March 17, 2015 3:02 PM IST



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