Google and Amazon rained on the parade of budget Android tablet manufacturers with the Nexus and Kindle Fire series respectively. However, both of those devices aren’t officially available in India, which has left the field open for Indian brands as well as Chinese manufacturers. Videocon is hoping to grab a slice of this market with its new VT10 tablet.
As you might have guessed from the naming scheme, the Videocon VT10 is a 10” tablet. It sports a capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1280×800, which is pretty good for a budget tablet. It’s powered by a 1.5 GHz Snapdragon processor, which is again better than what is found in most budget tablets in India, but not as powerful as the Nvidia Tegra 3. The VT10 is equipped with 1 gigabyte of RAM, and 8 gigabytes of storage. You will almost certainly fill up the limited internal storage quickly. Thankfully, the VT10 includes support for external memory up to 32 GB. Both front and rear-cams are 2 megapixels, and the battery is rated at a hefty 6800mAh. The VT10 is Wi-Fi only, but supports 3G dongles. The default packaging includes an adapter, headset, battery, HDMI cable, OTG cable, and manual.
On paper, the VT10 appears to be a competitive tablet, which makes just the right compromises. However, its biggest draw isn’t really the hardware specifications. It’s the software and the price. The Videocon VT10 ships with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), and is available for purchase from Snapdeal and HomeShop18 for Rs. 11200 (about $204) with free shipping.
Videocon Mobiles recently launched its second Android phone in India, the Videocon V7400. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.1 (Eclair) operating system. The Videocon V7400 is a re-branded version of the Huawei U8100, which was unveiled last year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2010 in Barcelona. Check out the complete specs after the break.
Videocon V7400 features a 2.8 inch TFT resistive touchscreen display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, Android 2.1 operating system, 15 customizable screen, GPRS/EDGE, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, 3.2 megapixel camera with 20 FPS video recording, dedicated camera key, MP4 & 3GP Video Player, FM Radio, 3.5 mm headset jack, 16 GB expandable memory, up to 4.5 hrs of talktime, up to 11 days of stand-by time and a 1150 mAH Li-ion battery.
Videocon V7400 is available in 2 different colors – Black and Silver. This handset measures 107.5 mm x 57 mm x 13.8 mm and weighs just 104 gms. Videocon V7400 allows you to access more than 100,000 apps from the Android Market. You can purchase this handset for 12,995. This handset is currently up for pre-order in India. If you are planning to buy this budget smartphone, just head over to this page.
Videocon offers unlimited calling to Videocon numbers and 30 free local minutes to any network, everyday for 1 year, with the purchase of this handset.
Videocon Mobiles recently launched the first ever Ducati brand licensed mobile phone, Viceocon V6200 in India. With the launch of this handset, Videocon Mobile Phones introduces a unique concept of Mo-Biking. V6200 is a rugged phone with sporty desig. It comes with Anti Slip Grip, Screw frame body chassis and dust resistant keys that have unique side control.
“We are extremely happy about the way Videocon has been accepted in the market. Videocon embarks on a new era with the unveiling of this phone. We at Videocon strive to get interesting new elements and try to set the bench marks in the industry. We are very positive that it will create the desired newness in the Mobile Phone industry; this is a revolutionary phone with some never seen before features and uses,” said Saurabh Dhoot, Director, Videocon Group.
Videocon V6200 features a 6cm TFT screen, 2 megapixel camera, dual LED torch, Pre-bundled 4GB Memory Card, pre-loaded life time GPS navigation system from MapmyIndia, Customizable LED Pulse Indicator, E-Compass, Thermometer, Barometer, Altimeter, Pedometer, GPS System, mobile tracker, FM Radio with FM recorder, sunset & sunrise meter, UV Sensor and an Anti Slip Grip rugged body.
This handset is bundled with 2 headsets – normal and sports. Videocon V6200 comes with a price tag of Rs.11,900. You will also get a Ducati branded Sports bottle, an Arm Band carrying case and MapmyIndia GPS manual with the purchase of this handset.
After Spice launched the MI300, India’s first Android phone, Micromax also announced that it was planning to launch a few Android powered handsets. It looks like Videocon has already beat Micromax to it. It has announced the new Videocon Zeus V7500 – a budget Android smartphone.
Videocon Zeus V7500 Specifications
Dimensions: 114.9 x 56.8 x 12.6 mm
Weight: 114 gms
Display: 3.2 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen display, 320 x 480 pixels
OS: Android 1.6, Upgradeable to Android 2.1
Processor: 600 MHz
Memory: 512 MB ROM, 8 GB microSD card
Camera: 5 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash
Connectivity: GPRS, EDGE, 3G HSDPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP
GPS: GPS transceiver with A-GPS
Battery: 1230 mAh Li-ion battery
The specifications seem pretty good, now only if the Zeus gets an upgrade to Android 2.2 Froyo, it would be the perfect budget Android phone.
It is expected to be priced around the Rs. 10000 mark. It should be available by the end of 2010.
Videocon recently launched a new Unlimited Monthly Talk Plan, that offers 3000 free minutes to call any local mobile number. It comes with a validity of 30 days. This offer is currently available in Mumbai, Gujarat, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala telecom circle. You will also get a talk-time of Rs.50 with this special tariff voucher. Check out the complete details below.
Validity: 30 days
Circle: Mumbai, Gujarat, Haryana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala
Benefits: 3000 minutes to any Local mobile/landline + Rs.50 talktime
STD calls will be charged at 1p/sec. Beyond free mins you will be charged at 1p/sec for all local and STD calls. This is an innovative offer from Videocon, which offers calls at only 11.5p/min. If you have any queries, feel free to ask us in the comments below or visit www.videocon.com.
Videocon Mobiles have launched a new Dual SIM Music mobile V1422 in the market at a price of just Rs 3,195. The complete specs of Videocon V1422 are as follows:-
Videocon V1422 Full specs
â€¢ Dual Band GSM (900/1800 MHz)
â€¢ Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
â€¢ Dimensions: 109.5 x 43.3 x 12mm
â€¢ Display: 2.2 inches TFT (176×220 Pixels screen resolution)
â€¢ VGA Camera
â€¢ Video player with recording
â€¢ FM Radio with recording
â€¢ Music player with 2.5 mm headset jack
â€¢ Phonebook memory: 1000
â€¢ Memory expandable up to 2GB
â€¢ 3.5 Hrs Talk time
â€¢ 120 Hrs Standby time
The V1422 is available in the market in attractive combinations of Black & Red, Black & Silver and White & Red.
Videocon Mobile Services has announced two new EXTRA TALKTIME recharge offers for the customers in Tamil Nadu and Mumbai Telecom Circles.
The following are the details of the two e-recharges
With an E-Recharge of Rs 62, you get a FULL TALKTIME benefit of Rs 62 in the Main Balance and with an E-Recharge of 97, you get an extra bonus talk time of Rs 13 in addition to Rs 97.
Videocon certainly seems to be doing well as far as offering services in Tamil Nadu is concerned. This is just the beginning. With Videocon introducing its services in different states, the day is not far when it will be compared to one of the best telecom industries.
Videocon Mobile Services has announced the launch of two special packs in TamilNadu. These packs offer Night Calling & STD Calling benefits at an attractive price.
The following are the details of two new packs:-
1) Night Pack 26 :
400 local Videocon to Videocon minutes from 10PM to 8AM
Validity: 30 days
2) STD Pack 29
It offers 50 FREE STD Minutes to any network across and provides National SMS at just 2p/SMS after the first paid National SMS at Rs.1.50 valid for 30 days from the date of recharge. The number of messages per day is limited to 1000.
Videocon Mobile`s Limited also stated that it will soon launch more such special offers regularly.
Videocon Mobile Services has launched special tariff offers in Haryana Telecom Circle. These offers are dubbed as Get More for Less’ offer and includes 5 FRCs & 3 STVs.
The list of FRC`s and STV`s are as follows.
FRC Rs31 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days along with a talk-value of Rs 25.
FRC Rs61 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days along with a talk value of Rs 61.
FRC Rs101 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 120 as talk-value .
FRC Rs149 provides 30 min of Local Off-net calling per day. It also provides a 30 min of Local On-net calling per day. However, it comes with no talk-time and the tariff validity is 30 days.
FRC Rs399 provides Unlimited Local Usage with no talk-time but the tariff validity is only 30 days.
STV Rs28 provides Local and STD calling at just 1p/sec valid for 365 days with Rs 23 as Talk-value.
STV Rs148 provides 30 min of Local off-net and 30 min of Local On-net calling per day valid for 30 days. It does not come with any talk-time
STV Rs395 provides unlimited Local Usage with no talk-time valid for 30 days.
In addition to STV`s and FRC`s, Videocon Mobile Services is also offering following special benefits.
1) All new customers get Color Ring Back Tone (CRBT) bundled with the above recharge cards valid till 10th June 2010.
2) All FRCs have promotional SMS offer of 100 Local SMS FREE every day after the first 2 paid SMS (Local or National). The validity is 90 days from the date of recharge.
3) Free Missed Call Alerts are provided with all the above-mentioned activations valid till 10th June 10.
Videocon Telecommunications Limited is all set to launch its GSM Mobile services in Gujarat Telecom circle.
GSM Mobile services will be launched initially in Ahemdabad, Anand, Ankeleshwar, Bardoli, Vadodara, Bhavnagar, Junagarh, Navsari, Rajkot, Surat, Valsad and Verawal. It will gradually expand its network in other parts of Gujarat.
Videocon`s GSM SIM-Kits will be available in all the Next Retail outlets in the major cities of Gujarat. Currently Videocon Telecommunications Ltd has commercial GSM Mobile services in Tamil Nadu, Chennai and Mumbai circles. It has planned to extend its services to all the major states by the end of this September.
For more information on Videocon GSM services, you can call at 9067012345.
Videocon Mobile Service has announced free local calls for the Tamil Nadu Telecom circle. However, you need to recharge with Rs 99 to get it activated. This will allow you to make free local calls of 18 minutes from Videocon to Videocon and 15 minutes from Videocon to other networks. 18 and 15 minutes of free talk time are provided on a daily basis and the talktime will not be added to the next day’s value. You will lose talktime if you do not complete its daily quota of free calls.
Videocon also launched its GPRS/WAP services in TamilNadu dubbed as V-live and V-Internet. All the Videocon subscribers will receive GPRS Settings automatically to access the Internet. Browsing is free on V-live page and browsing to any other page is chargeable at 10p/10Kb.
If you are not from TamilNadu, do not worry as Videocon will soon cover your region. Videocon is all set to expand its services in next two months covering cities across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prasad and Maharashtra.
Videocon Mobile Phone’s V1405 handset was awarded the Product of the Year 2010 Award under the Value Phones’ category. V1405 offers multitude of features within an affordable price range. It is a dual SIM phone with camera, wireless FM radio with recording, 8 GB expandable memory, mobile tracker and Bluetooth and costs just Rs 4,000.
Mr. Anil Khera, CEO Videocon Mobile Phones said,
This award is especially close to our heart since it was a choice made by consumers nationally. We will definitely make sure that we maintain the trust that our customers have shown in us. We have a long way to go but this award will give us the confidence that we are definitely heading down the right path.
Mr. Rahul Goel, COO, Videocon Mobile Phones said,
Receiving an award such as this, especially in such a short period only proves that we have been able to carve our own space despite the huge competition that prevails in our industry. Our customers have been able to see that we are committed to excellence and hence we have been bestowed the prestigious award of being the Product of the Year 2010.
After successfully launching GSM Services in Tamil Nadu, Videocon Mobile Services announces the launch of three more First Recharge Options (FRC) priced Rs 61, Rs149 and Rs399 apart from Special Tariff Vouchers (STV) of denominations Rs 28, Rs 148 and Rs 395.
â€¢ FRC Rs61 will provide Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 61 as Talk-time
â€¢ FRC Rs149 will provide 30 min of Local Off-net +30 min of Local On-net calling per day with no talk-time and the tariff validity is 30 days
â€¢ FRC Rs399 will provide Unlimited Local Usage and tariff validity will be for 30 days.
â€¢ STV Rs28 provides Local and STD at just 1p/sec for a period of 365 days with Rs 25 as Talk-time.
To enjoy the lifetime benefit customer has to do recharge of at least Rs.200 in every six months.
The Indian mobile segment is growing at a phenomenal pace and Videocon – an international conglomerate based in India, wants a piece of it. It has announced that it will be joining an already crowded mobile services market under the banner of Videocon Telecom.
In spite of explosive growth of the mobile services segment, achieving profitability has become a daunting task for new comers due to the cutthroat competition. Videocon is obviously aware of the challenges it will be facing. Nevertheless, Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal N. Dhoot is confident that the company will break-even within two years.
Videocon will be investing Rs 14,000 crore over the next three years to build up its 2.75G EDGE GSM network. After its initial launch in Tamil Nadu, Videocon Telecom will rapidly expand over the next hundred days to cover hundred key cities across Punjab, Haryana, Gujarat, Kerala, Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Prasad, Maharashtra and Mumbai.
According to Mr Dhoot, Videocon Telecom will offer an unprecedented sub-one-paisa effective tariff. Videocon Telecom wants to suit all pockets with tariff plans that are transparent and simple.
Increased competition is usually better for the consumer. The Indian mobile services market is not an easy one to getting into. However, if anyone can do it, Videocon can.