In India, its all about the price factor. Nokia released their cheapest phone ever. Reliance’s 3G Tab and Beetel’s Magiq opened up Tablets to new demographics. Now MTS has decided to play the price game: by launching two Android phones at less than Rs. 5,000 each.
MTS is a CDMA Service Provider having over 12 Million subscribers. They launched the MTS MTag 3.1 and MTS Livewire, both Android 2.2. running smartphones. While GSM users have 3G services for fast internet, CDMA users have something called EV-DO. These MTS devices run EV-DO Rev A. which supports high quality voice and internet services.
Here are more details on the devices:
MTS MTag 3.1
This device is built by Huawei, its hardware being that of the Huawei C8511.
- It has a 2.8″ Capacitive touch screen with a 240*320 resolution.
- 3.2 MP Camera and a Multi-Format AV Player with 3.5mm jack.
- Preloaded MTS TV Application for Live Video and On Demand Playback.
- Snapdragon S1 Processor. Exact clock speed not clear.
- No added skins to Android; runs almost pure Stock Android
- Snapdragon S1 Processor
- 2.6 inch touch screen with 240*320 resolution
- Stock Android
We applaud the inclusion of a capacitive touch screen even at this price point. Micromax and LG had made the mistake of using resistive touch in their budget Android devices earlier and it killed off usability. Also, the inclusion of stock Android instead of skinning it with something like MotoBlur or TouchWiz will make the device a lot smoother to use.
While we usually are skeptical of budget Android devices, we can’t help but be impressed at MTS’s offerings. They seem to know what they are doing by using the right screen technology and UI, and have the most attractive price point in the market. Android devices being available for less than Rs. 5000 means that it now competes at all price points, from sub 5k to above 30k. It may soon be the largest smartphone platform in India.
What do you think? Would you consider a budget Android device instead of something by the likes of Nokia? Do let us know