Datawind which is well known for it’s affordable tablet Akash has entered the Indian smartphone market with the launch of it’s 3 Dual-SIM phablets. All the three phablets start with a name Pocketsurfer and their prices start at Rs. 3,499. These smartphones are equipped with Datawind’s patented mobile internet technology which helps webpages load faster even on the 2G networks.
“We have been able to break price barrier in smartphones. Our phones are about 40 per cent cheaper than other mobile phones available in India in 5-inch screen category,” Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli told PTI.
As far as pricing is concerned the PocketSurfer3G5 is priced at Rs 6,499, PocketSurfer5 is priced at Rs 4,999 and PocketSurfer 5X is available for Rs.3, 499.
The top end model Poketsurfer3G5 offers access to 3G networks and also sports a 5 inch TFT capacitive High Definition display. Apart from that users can also enjoy mobile gaming on it. It runs on Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 and is powered by dual-core ARM Cortex A7 processor clocking at 1.2 Ghz. As per Datawind the battery of this phone will give you a talk time of around 4 hours coupled with a standby time of 2 days.
Poketsurfer3G5 has internal storage of 4GB which can be further expanded upto 32 GB using an external microSD card. This phone also didn’t disappoint on the camera front, it has a front facing VGA camera and a 5 MP camera is installed on the back panel.
Pocketsurfer5 provides you with HD videos and high speed web surfing even at 2G speeds. It boasts of a 5 inch multi touch TFT capacitive WVGA display. This device also runs on Android ICS 4.0 OS and is powered by a Cortex A9 processor which clocks at 1 GHz. As far as camera is concerned this device has a front facing VGA camera and a 2 MP camera at back.
I personally feel that this device should have been 3G enabled. In this age of blazing fast internet one don’t expect to carry a smartphone which is having an internet connection working at few kilo bytes per secs (kbps). Datawind claims that this phone will give you a talk time of around 3 hours and stand by time of around 2 days.
Pocketsurfer5X is also a Dual SIM (GSM+GSM) phablet and supports EDGE (no 3G). Surprisingly this device runs on Linux operating system and is powered by Cortex A8 CPU with clocks at 1 GHz. It has only got a front facing VGA camera but looking at the cost it is still very good. This device has a 5 inch TFT multi touch WQVGA screen. Pocketsurfer5X gives a talk time of around 3 hours and a standby of 1 day.
“We are rolling out retail network as well. We currently have franchisee at 200 locations and we are expanding our reach. There will be 12 months warranty on phones with after sales service support at 700 locations at present,” Tuli said.