Spice Devices, a part of Transsion Holdings, has launched an affordable smartphone in India. Called the F311, the talking point is the fact that it is a part of Google’s Android Go initiative. In essence, the smartphone runs Android Oreo (Go Edition).
With a price tag of Rs 5,599, the Spice F311 is targeted at first-time smartphone users. Buyers will be able to choose from color options like Rose Gold, Black, and Phantom Red. As a part of the Android Go initiative, Google is targeting the next billion users. This means it is offering support as well as optimized Google Go apps specifically built for entry-level smartphones.
Spice F311 specifications, features
As far as specifications are concerned, the Spice F311 sports a 5.4-inch FWVGA+ (480×960 pixels) IPS Full Lamination display with 18:9 aspect ratio, and 196ppi color density. Under the hood is a MediaTek 64-bit quad-core chipset paired with Mali-T720 MP1 GPU.
Also on offer are 1GB of RAM, and 16GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. Making sure everything ticks is a 2,400mAh battery that Spice claims is good enough to offer up to 240 hours of standby time.
For photography, the F311 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera with f/2.0 aperture, and LED flash. Up front, is a 5-megapixel selfie camera accompanied by a LED flash. For security, there’s a fingerprint sensor on board. Connectivity options include dual-SIM card slots, 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, and USB OTG.
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“Reiterating our promise to pace up the smartphone adoption, we have joined hands with MediaTek and Google for Android Oreo (Go edition), to deliver high-quality devices at the right price point,” Pankaj Madaan, Deputy General Manager, Marketing, Spice Devices was quoted as saying. “Our collaboration has unlocked unprecedented avenues for more evolved, efficient, and above everything else, eclectic product offerings which will deliver better performance on even entry-level specifications.”