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HTC Explorer To Launch On September 29 In India?

Last week we posted the leaked press shots and specs of the HTC’s upcoming budget smartphone, the HTC Explorer. This handset was earlier known as the HTC Pico. According to the guys at BGR, HTC Explorer will be announced at an event in New Delhi on September 29. The global announcement will be made by the company’s newly appointed president of global sales and marketing, Jason Mackenzie.

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HTC Explorer is expected to come with a 3.2 inch HVGA display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, HTC Sense 3.5 UI, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 mega pixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera, 384 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 3.0 and a 1230 mAh battery.

HTC Explorer a mid-range smartphone, which is specially targeted at budget-minded customers. The price of this device is expected to be around Rs.15000 ($300). This handset will compete with other budget Android phones such as HTC Wildfire S, Samsung Galaxy Ace and Motorola Defy in the Indian market. Are you planning to buy this device? Let us know your views in the comments section below.

Nokia 701 Already Available In India For Rs.16,999

Last month Nokia announced the new Nokia 701 smartphone. It is the first handset to feature the new Symbian Belle Operating System. This handset looks quite similar to the popular Nokia C7 smartphone. It comes with a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display, 1 GHz processor, 8 GB internal memory and more. Nokia 701 is scheduled to release on September 28 in India, but if you can’t wait for next couple of days, then you can go ahead and buy this device online. Indiaplaza, a popular online retailer in India is already selling this device, even before it has been officially launched in India.

nokia 701

Nokia 701 features a 3.5-inch IPS-LCD display, sporting a resolution of 360 x 640 pixels, 1 GHz processor, Symbian Belle OS, 3G connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 8 megapixel camera with dual-LED flash, HD (720p) video recording capabilities, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, and more

Other features include a 3.5mm headset jack, stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with EDR, microUSB, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, up to 504 hrs stand-by time, up to 6hrs 45min talk-time, up to 71 hrs music playback time and a 1300 mAh battery.

This handset is available in 2 colors – Silver Light and Steel Dark. Nokia 701 is expected to come with a price tag of Rs.18,999, but you can get this device for just Rs.16,999 (approx. $440). Indiaplaza will ship the device within 2 business days. You will also get a 1 year Nokia Warranty, along with the purchase of this device. To get this device, head over to this page at Indiaplaza

BlackBerry Launches The Torch 9860 In India For Rs.28,490

Last month, BlackBerry announced its new BlackBerry Torch 9810 and BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphones. The company has already launched the BlackBerry Torch 9810 in India, but BlackBerry lovers were eagerly waiting for the launch of Torch 9860. Now, the wait is finally over. Today, Research-In-Motion (RIM) launched its BlackBerry Torch 9860 at an event in India.

Frenny Bawa, Managing Director, India at Research In Motion said,

“We are very excited to build on the success of the BlackBerry solution in India with the introduction of the new BlackBerry Torch 9860. This powerful new smartphone features many new enhancements, including the next generation BlackBerry 7 operating system, and we think customers will be particularly thrilled by the faster performance, enhanced browsing and richer multimedia.

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BlackBerry Torch 9860 features a 3.7 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.2 GHz processor, BlackBerry 7 OS, optical trackpad, on-screen QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, 5 megapixel camera with flash, 4X digital zoom and continuous auto focus. HD (720p) video recording and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, dedicated camera and lock keys, 768 MB RAM memory, 4 GB eMMC, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 16 GB microSD card pre-installed, built-in GPS functionality, BlackBerry Maps, up to 6.8 hours talk time, up to 13.9 days standby time, up to 44 hours of music playback, up to 6.6 hours of video playback and a 1230 mAh lithium-ion battery.

BlackBerry Torch 9860 is the successor of the popular BlackBerry Storm 2 smartphone. It comes with the premium version of Documents To Go, which offers powerful document editing features as well as a native PDF document viewer. This handset comes with a price-tag of Rs.28,490.

Spice MiTab Android Tablet Launched In India For Rs.12,990

Last month, Reliance Communication launched its Android tablet in India. This month, iBall launched its very-own tablet device. And now, Spice Mobility has joined the bandwagon. Spice Mobility recently launched its new Spice MiTab Android tablet. This device runs on the old Android 2.2 (Froyo) Operating System and it comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display as well as a powerful 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. Spice MiTab is already available at Flipkart from the last couple of weeks.

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Mobile Internet is a revolution, a new trend which comes from the customers’ connectivity need to be always on. Tablets play an important part in this revolution. Tablets may very well be the 1st PC for most of the Indians. There has been a growing demand for tabs’ which can do so much ranging from multimedia to social networking to even your official work. MiTab is a result of that endeavor to provide the youth not only the super smooth touch experience but a stylish and feature packed product at an affordable price,” said B K Modi, chairman of Spice Mobility.

Spice MiTab features a 7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS, Wi-Fi Connectivity, Bluetooth, 2 megapixel rear camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Video recording capabilities, HD (720p) video playback, 3.5mm headset jack, GPS with A-GPS, 155 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, 4 GB ROM, 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, Android Market and a 4200 mAh battery.

Spice MiTab comes with a price tag of Rs.12,990, but you can get this device for around Rs.11,990. This device will compete with other entry-level Android tablets such as Beetel Magiq, HCL ME AE7-A1, Reliance 3G Tab and iBall Slide in India. You can also purchase this device at Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Motorola Fire XT Launched In India For Rs.13,890

motorola fire xt Motorola recently launched the new Motorola Fire XT smartphone in India. This handset comes with the new Moto Switch user interface and it runs on the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System. It features a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi connectivity, 32 GB expandable memory and more. Unlike Motorola Fire, this handset does not sports a physical QWERTY keyboard. Check out the complete specs below.

Smartphones have become an integral, personal part of users’ lives that’s why Motorola believes they should be fun, fashionable and feature-packed,said Rajan Chawla, Mobile Devices business country head-sales and operations, India and South West Asia, Motorola Mobility. With easy multitasking and contact management, faster and easier interactions, the Motorola FIRE XT and Motorola FIRE make for a great mobile experience at a great price for the young, fast-moving users who want everything from a top-quality smartphone.

Motorola Fire XT comes with a 3.5 inch touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 5 megapixel camera, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB microSD card bundled, 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS and a 1540 mAh battery.

This handset allows you to access more than 250,000 apps from the Android Market. Motorola Fire XT comes with a price tag of just Rs.13,890, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.12,990. This handset will compete with popular mid-range Android phones such as Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini and HTC Wildfire S in India.

Motorola Fire Officially Launched In India For Rs.9,990

Motorola finally launched the much-awaited Motorola Fire smartphone in India. It is the company’s second smartphone with a touchscreen display and QWERTY keyboard to be launched in India. Motorola Fire runs on the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, 600 MHz processor, 3 megapixel camera, 3G Connectivity, etc. This handset has been priced reasonably to attract more customers in India.

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Motorola Fire features a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display with 320 × 480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

This handset is already available in India from the last month at popular online retailers such as Flipkart and LetsBuy. Motorola Fire comes with a price tag of just Rs.9990, but you can get this device at a best buy price of Rs.9490. This handset will compete with popular entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India.

Spice Mi-720 Android Tablet Now Available In India For Rs.11,990

Tablets are not much popular in India compared to the mobile phones, but most of the Indian manufacturers have already joined the bandwagon of launching their own tablet. Soon after Reliance Communication launched their Android powered tablet, Spice Communications announced their very own tablet. The tablet is named as Spice Mi-720 and it runs on the older version of Android Operating System.

Spice has reasonably priced this Android tablet, to attract more customers in India. It comes with a 7 inch touchscreen display, 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2 megapixel rear camera and much more. Popular online retailers such as Flipkart and BestBuy are already selling this tablet in India. If you are looking for an entry-level Android tablet, then your search comes to an end.

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Spice Mi-720 Specifications:

  • 7 inch touchscreen display
  • 800 x 480 pixels resolution
  • 800 MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 2 megapixel rear camera
  • 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Video recording capabilities
  • HD (720p) video playback
  • 3.5mm headset jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • 7.2 Mbps HSDPA
  • 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 155 MB internal memory
  • microSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 4 GB ROM
  • Android Market
  • 4200 mAh battery

Spice Mi-720 comes with a price tag of just Rs.11,990. This tablet is nearly Rs.1000 cheaper compared to the Reliance tablet. Moreover, Spice Mi-720 is not locked to any operator. You have the freedom to use the SIM card of any GSM operator in India. To get this device, head over to Flipkart or LetsBuy.

Vodafone Blue Facebook Phone Launched In India For Rs.4,950

Yesterday, we posted that, Vodafone India will soon launch the Vodafone Blue Facebook phone in India. Now, the company has finally launched this amazing handset, exclusively for the Vodafone subscribers in India. The Vodafone Blue is originally called as the Vodafone 555 Blue in the UK and other European countries. This handset comes with the unique Facebook button, similar to the popular HTC ChaCha smartphone.

Speaking at the launch, Mr. Kumar Ramanathan, Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Essar said,

“The mobile internet plays a central role in the daily lives of millions of Vodafone customers, many of whom are avid Facebook users. Vodafone Blue is the answer to our youth’s mobile social networking needs. The phone has been designed to let everyone experience the fun of connecting with friends on the go, at a pocket friendly price. With our unique, fully integrated Facebook customization, the Vodafone Blue offers a compelling, out-of-the-box experience.”

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Vodafone Blue allows you to easily share and stay connected with your friends anytime, anywhere. The F (Facebook) button on the Vodafone Blue handset lets the user upload pictures, visit profiles and update status at a single click. You can also customize the Facebook ‘F’ button and assign a number of tasks, including instantly posting a status update with photos from the gallery or with links from the browser.

Vodafone Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, Opera Mini browser, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

The Vodafone Blue Facebook phone comes with a price tag of just Rs.4,950 (approx. $110). You will also get free unlimited access to Facebook for a year, with the purchase of this handset.

Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook Phone Arriving Tomorrow In India

Do you still remember the entry-level QWERTY phone, which was announced by Vodafone during the end of July? Yes, we are talking about the Vodafone 555 Blue phone, which comes with the Facebook button, similar to the HTC ChaCha smartphone. Vodafone 555 Blue is an entry-level phone, which comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, 200 MHz processor, QWERTY keypad and much more.

This handset is already available from July in the UK, but the wait is finally over for the customers in India. Vodafone India will finally launch the Vodafone 555 Blue Facebook phone tomorrow in India. We also got an invitation from Vodafone India, to attend the launch of this phone at an event tomorrow in Mumbai.

vodafone 555 blue

Vodafone 555 Blue features a 2.4-inch (non-touch) QVGA display with 320 × 240 pixels resolution, 200 MHz MediaTek processor, QWERTY keypad, Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS/EDGE, 2 megapixel camera with LED flash, email client with POP3 and IMAP support, music player, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, FM radio, 40MB internal memory, microUSB port, 3.5mm headphone jack and a 1000 mAh battery.

This handset comes with a price tag of £60 in Europe. It is expected to be available in India for less than Rs.5,000. We cannot expect GPS, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity options in this low-cost phone. But, this phone allows you to easily browse the web, thanks to the pre-loaded Opera Mini browser.

Motorola Fire Launched In India For Rs.9,490

Motorola has finally launched the Android powered Motorola Fire smartphone in India. This handset comes with a touchscreen display as well as a full QWERTY keyboard, which was seen earlier in the not-so-successful Motorola Charm smartphone. Last month, Motorola announced this entry-level Android phone. It runs on the new Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System.

Motorola Fire is already launched in some of the European countries, including the UK and Germany. Popular online retailers such as Flipkart and Letsbuy are already selling this handset in India from the last month. Without wasting much time, Motorola finally launched the Motorola Fire budget phone in India. Check out the complete specs below.

motorola fire

Motorola Fire comes with a 2.8 QVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320×480 pixels, 600 MHz processor, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, full QWERTY keyboard, Moto Switch user interface, 3 megapixel camera, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM, E-compass, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Accelerometer, Android Market, GPS with A-GPS, LED notifications, up to 8 hours of talk time, up to 30 days of standby time and a 1420 mAh battery.

The Motorola Fire comes with a price-tag of Rs.9,490. This handset will directly compete with entry-level Android phones such as Samsung Galaxy Pop and Micromax Andro A70 in India. You can also go ahead and get this device from Flipkart as well as LetsBuy.