In a weekly segment, I’ll be doing a roundup of the mobile technology news in India, including new device announcements and releases from Indian manufacturers, network carrier news, and anything else that captures the pulse of the Andro...
In a weekly segment, I’ll be doing a roundup of the mobile technology news in India, including new device announcements and releases from Indian manufacturers, network carrier news, and anything else that captures the pulse of the Android scene in India. In today’s “Weekly News Roundup – India,” Micromax launches a new stylus-toting smartphone, as well as one for music enthusiasts, Panasonic enters the Indian smartphone market with a not so budget-friendly quad-core offering, the Nexus 4 is finally officially available in India, the Vertu Ti is released at the price point of a compact car, Notion Ink teases the Adam II tablet, and Vodafone launches new International Roaming plans. As you can see, there’s a lot to talk about. Let’s get started! Android Smartphones Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 Micromax continues to add to its Canvas smartphones portfolio, with two new additions this week. The first, called the Canvas Doodle A111, joins the exponentially increasing budget-friendly quad-core smartphones in the country, but will be offering something different from the rest, with the Canvas Doodle A111 featuring a stylus. Specifications of the latest Canvas smartphone from Micromax include - 5.3-inch display with 854×480 resolution 1.2Ghz quad-core Qualcomm MSM8225Q processor 512MB RAM 1.22GB available internal storage (4GB total), expandable via microSD up to 32GB 8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera 2,100 mAh battery Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Dual-SIM support Unfortunately, the specifications of the Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 aren’t up to the mark compared to the rest of the quad-core smartphones available in the country. Priced at Rs 12,999 (~$245), the availability of a stylus isn’t enough to recommend the Canvas Doodle over other similarly-priced smartphones. There’s no information yet on whether Micromax will be launching stylus-specific apps for the Canvas Doodle A11. If you’re interested in picking up the Micromax Canvas Doodle A111, you can do so from online retailers SnapDeal here. Source – Tech Tree Micromax Canvas Music A88 Micromax released a second smartphone this week, this time in association with JBL, a company well known for its audio products, called the Canvas Music A88. The specifications of the latest offering from Micromax includes - 4.5-inch display with 854×480 resolution 1Ghz dual-core MediaTek processor 512MB RAM 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean 1,800 mAh battery Dual-SIM support Priced at Rs 8,499(~$160), the specifications of the Micromax Canvas Music A88 aren’t the best in its price range, but in this case, has a very specific music-oriented target audience in mind. The JBL association means inclusion of a free JBL Tempo headset, with Micromax also offering free unlimited music download from a database that includes over 3 lakh songs via the “MLive!” application. You can find out more about the Micromax Canvas Music A88, and even buy it online, from the Micromax website here, as well as from online retailers Saholic here. Source – Times of India Panasonic P51 Panasonic is a well-known electronics brand in India, and the company has now decided to take a chance in the already overcrowded Indian smartphone market, with the Panasonic P51, announced at a launch event in Delhi this week. The specifications of the Panasonic P51 include - 5-inch IPS display with 1280×720 resolution 1.2Ghz quad-core MediaTek processor 1GB RAM 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera Android 4.2 Jelly Bean 2.500 mAh battery Dual-SIM support The Panasonic P51 comes with a free magnetic flip cover and a stylus, along with handwriting recognition support, and boasts more than decent specifications, along the lines of quad-core offerings from local manufacturers that fall in the R
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