comscore Make in India: Alcatel planning on manufacturing smartphones in India

Make in India: Alcatel planning on manufacturing smartphones in India

  • Published: October 20, 2015 5:51 PM IST

Alcatel Flash, a brand of Hong Kong-based TCL Communication, today said it is evaluating manufacturing in India to bolster its presence in the domestic market. Also Read - Apple to employ 60,000 people in India, ramps up manufacturing capabilities near Bengaluru

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The company, which today launched its latest handset ‘Flash 2’, priced at Rs 9,299 with e-commerce firm Flipkart, sees India as its top market in the South East Asia region. “India is a strategic market for us. It is the top market in the South East Asia region… We are evaluating whether we should manufacture here,” Alcatel Flash General Manager Albert Wong told PTI. Also Read - 'Make in India' smartphones share reach 16 percent with 44 mn units; Oppo takes the lead

He added that though no firm plans have been drawn, the company will most likely partner with a third party to manufacture in India. In the last few month, a bunch of handset makers like Xiaomi, Motorola and Gionee have started manufacturing operations in India in partnership with electronics major Foxconn.

Being one of the fastest growing smartphone markets globally, India is poised to overtake the US as the second-largest market in the next few years. Shipments in India grew 44 percent to 26.5 million units in April-June, as per research firm IDC. Talking about the new product, Wong said Alcatel Flash 2 has a strong focus on mobile photography. “We are working on building a community of enthusiasts rather than just selling phones here. We want to be more focused on the mobile photography feature… We will launch two devices next year,” he said.

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Alcatel Flash 2 specifications and features: The smartphone is the successor to the Alcatel Flash, which launched in India last year. The Flash 2 flaunts a 5-inch HD (1280 720 pixels) display with a density of 294ppi, and is powered by a 1.3GHz MediaTek MT6753 octa-core 64-bit processor. It also features a Mali-T720MP4 GPU, and 2GB of RAM.

Also on offer is 16GB internal memory, which can be expanded up to 128GB using a microSD card. The smartphone also features a 3,000mAh battery, and connectivity options like dual-SIM card slots, 4G support, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS. On the software front, it runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop.

  • Published Date: October 20, 2015 5:51 PM IST
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