Archive | December, 2010

HTC Desire Z launching in India on Jan 3 for Rs 29,699?

31 Dec

Online retailer, Flipkart is on a roll these days. After revealing the India launch of the HTC HD7, 7 Mozart and Desire HD, it now claims that the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer will also launch the Desire Z on January 3! The site lists the MRP for the Desire Z as Rs 29,699 and is offering it for Rs 25,799.

The Desire Z runs on Android 2.2 (Froyo) and sports a 3.7-inch WVGA display. The biggest draw, however, is its slide-out (hinge ‘Z’ slide, if we may) QWERTY keypad. We believe it will be a great buy at that price and expect both the Desire Z and Desire HD to do well in India. Now time for its specs:

GENERAL

  • General Form:
    Slider

SIZE

  • Dimensions:
    119 X 60.4 X 14.16 Mm
  • Weight:
    180G

DISPLAY

  • Type:
    Wvga
  • Resolution:
    480 X 800 Pixels
  • Color:
    16M
  • Size:
    3.7 Inches

CAMERA

  • Primary Camera:
    5 MP With Face Detection
  • Video Recording:
    Yes(720P)

BATTERY

  • Type:
    Li Ion 1300 Mah
  • Talk Time:
    400 Mins3G; 590 Mins2G (Maximum)
  • StandBy Time:
    430 Hours3G; 430 Hours2G (Maximum)

AUDIO & VIDEO

  • Music Player:
    Aac, .Amr, .Ogg, .M4A, .Mid, .Mp3, .Wav, .Wma Formats With 3.5Mm Port
  • Ringtone Formats:
    Mp3 & Vibration Alerts
  • Speaker:
    Yes
  • Radio:
    Yes
  • Video Player:
    3Gp, .3G2, .Mp4, .Wmv Formats

DATA & CONNECTIVITY

  • GPRS:
    Yes
  • EDGE:
    Yes
  • 3G:
    Yes(Up To 14.4 Mbps Download Speeds)
  • Wlan:
    Wi-Fi Ieee 802.11 B/G/N
  • Bluetooth:
    Bluetooth 2.1 With Enhanced Data Rate
  • USB:
    Standard Micro-Usb
  • WAP:
    Yes

INPUT

  • Keyboard Type:
    Slide Out Qwerty Keypad
  • Touch Screen:
    Yes(With Multi-Touch & Pinch To Zoom)

PLATFORM

  • OS:
    Android 2.2 Froyo
  • CPU:
    800Mhz
  • Operating Frequency:
    GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 HSDPA 900 / 2100
  • Java:
    Yes
  • GSM/CDMA/Dual Sim/Triple Sim:
    GSM

MEMORY

  • Internal Memory:
    1.5 GB (Ram: 512 MB)
  • Cards Slot:
    Yes
  • Phone Book:
    Yes
  • Call Records:
    Yes

OTHER FEATURES

  • Games:
    Yes
  • GPS:
    Yes With A-Gps
  • Browser:
    Webkit Browser
  • Messaging:
    Sms, Mms, Pushmail Support, Ems, Instant Messaging
  • Miscellaneous:
    Aluminum Unibody Casing,Digital Compass,Dedicated Search Key,Google Search, Maps, Gmail,Youtube, Google Talk, Picasa Integration,Facebook, Tweeter For Htc Sense, Qwerty Keyboard,Accelerometer Sensor For Ui Auto-Rotate,Proximity Sensor For Auto Turn-Off,Optical Trackpad,Touch Sensitive Control Panel,Htc Sense Ui,Multi-Touch Input Method

SOURCE: Flipkart

    Dude, where is my 3G service?

    31 Dec

    The biggest positive telecom story to come from India this year would have to be the successful auction of 3G spectrum, which netted the government a cool Rs 67,718.95 crores. However, of the seven private carriers that won spectrum in some circles, only two – Tata DoCoMo and RCom – have commercially launched 3G services. RCom has launched only in four cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata and Chandigarh. So far, 3G services have failed to impress, especially with the Indian government asking Tata DoCoMo and RCom to stop offering certain 3G services like video calling as it cannot be lawfully intercepted in realtime.

    After bidding and winning 3G spectrum in 13 circles for Rs 12,295 crores, Bharti Airtel had promised to commercially launch its 3G services by the end of 2010. Today it is the last day of the year and still there is no sign of its 3G service. Earlier this month, Airtel’s Sanjay Kapoor had said that the company was ready to launch its services but was waiting for government clearance. Probably that could be one of the reason why Airtel is yet to launch its service despite running a television ad campaign for over a month advertising its 3G service!

    In this regard, we believe that Vodafone had the best strategy when it announced that it will launch its 3G services only in the first quarter of 2011 and ensure that users get the best possible indoor 3G experience. On the other hand, others like Aircel and Idea are keeping their 3G cards very close to their heart, but we expect them to flip on their 3G switch in the same timeframe as Vodafone.

    But we, as consumers, should be prepared to pay high 3G data tariffs. Unlike current 2.5G services where carriers face cut-throat competition and are forced to offer dirt cheap tariffs, carriers won’t have any compulsion when it comes to 3G services. First, these carriers have paid through their noses to acquire spectrum, which they will pass on to consumers. Second, carriers will ink 3G roaming agreements with each other to provide 3G services to their subscribers even in circles where they have not won 3G spectrum. Such deals are likely to kill competition.

    In a nutshell, if you are hoping your carrier will offer you an all-you-can-eat 3G data plan for, say, sub-Rs 1,500, it ain’t gonna happen in 2011.

    IDC: Barely known Chinese handset vendor is the second largest in India; Android gaining steam

    29 Dec

    Market research outfit, IDC, today released its Indian handset market report for the third quarter, which claims that Chinese handset vendor, G’Five, has dethroned Samsung as the second largest handset vendor in terms of handsets shipped. Nokia, which remains to be the largest handset vendor in the country with a market share of 31.5 per cent this quarter, which saw 41.08 million handsets. IDC predicts that this year handset sales touched 155.9 million units.

    The number of emerging vendors in India’s burgeoning mobile handsets market grew to 68 and they together garnered 41.2%* of total shipments (sales) for the first time during the July-Sep 2010 quarter. This represented a steady rise from only 5 new vendors representing a 0.9%* combined share of units shipped in the January-March 2008 quarter.

    To be honest, we are surprised how g’Five could topple the likes of Samsung and Micromax to become the second largest player. Many industry pundits whom I interact with often, tell me that many market research reports rely on the number of handset units imported into the country rather than the number of units sold at retail level. So if G’Five imported more phones than normal in the third quarter, its market share according to some reports will increase significantly.

    What is really encouraging, however, is the smartphone market in India, which according to this report will touch 6 million units this year.

    3Q 2010 saw a strong quarter-on-quarter (3Q 2010 over 2Q 2010) growth in smartphone sales by 34.2%* and a year-on-year (3Q 2010 over 3Q 2009) increase by 294.9%*. This clearly underscores the trend that India mobile handset consumers have started showing higher inclination towards adopting smartphones.

    Smartphone prices continued to drop through the year and as competition increased, devices were made available by vendors at successively lower price points. So, while 80%* of total India smartphone sales were below the ASV (Average Sales Value) of Rs. 18,000 in 2Q 2010, this proportion increased to 90%* in 3Q 2010.

    While many people within the trade doubt when I tell them Android is doing just as well in India as in some other mature markets, this report suggests that 9.4 per cent of all smartphones shipped in the third quarter were running Android as opposed to just 2.9 per cent in the same quarter last year.

    To sum up, I don’t think handset vendors like Samsung and Micromax should lose sleep over G’Five, which at the moment seems more like an aberration than a trend.

    SOURCE: IDC

    Olive Telecom launches the world's first multi-mode, multi-band modem

    29 Dec

    Olive Telecom today announced the launch of the world’s first multi-mode, multi-band modem that can latch on to any network currently deployed globally. The modem was launched in Russia with Skylink earlier this week and is expected to be introduced in India early next year. Running on Qualcomm’s MDM6600 chipset, it supports frequency ranges from 450MHz to 2100 MHz and supports GSM / GPRS / EDGE, CDMA,HSDPA,HSPA (up to 14.4 Mbps) and EV-DO (up to 14.7 Mbps).

    It is only a matter of time before such solutions are embedded in notebooks, netbooks, Internet Tablets and other “non-telecom” hardware to enable users to stay connected irrespective of the country or the carrier. We are today hearing rumors that the iPad 2 will come in three flavours – UMTS, EVDO and Wi-Fi only. Probably, Apple could have launched just two versions – a UMTS+EVDO+Wi-Fi and a Wi-Fi only.

    Hopefully, the year 2011 will see more ‘global’ products than we have ever seen before, enabling companies to produce just one version that can be launched in any country. Yup, many carriers (especially the American carriers) often like to dictate custom industrial designs apart from other software-related terms, I’m sure that we will make the first steps towards globally connected devices.

    HTC officially announces India's first WP7 smartphone – the HD7

    29 Dec

    We have already given you the entire low-down of HTC’s Windows Phone 7 plans for India but it never hurts to share some official information coming our way. Today HTC officially announced the launch of the HD7, the first WP7 smartphone to be available in the country. Just like we reported, the HD7 is priced at Rs 29,990. HTC has tied up with Airtel for a special bundle that would give Airtel subscribers 2 GB of data usage per month for six months at just Rs 300. Mind you, as far as we know, Windows Marketplace is not yet working officially in India though we are told that there are ways to work around it. You might also like to check out the HTC 7 Mozart, which is also expected to be announced anytime now and we are hearing from our readers that it is already making its presence felt in some dealerships in the country.

    Meanwhile, as far as other vendors go, our educated guesstimate pegs the launch of WP7 smartphones from LG and Samsung to wash up on Indian shores sometime in the New Year only.

    Samsung to launch Nexus S in India for Rs 24,000?

    28 Dec

    Take this one with a big grain of salt but if Indian online retailer Infibeam is to be believed, the Nexus S is all set to be launched in India at Rs 24,000! The retailer does not offer a launch date at the moment and simply mentions that it is coming soon.

    The Nexus S’ India launch would validate our theory as to why Samsung has discontinued the Galaxy S in India but we have our apprehensions about the source – Infibeam. Remember, this is the same online retailer that had not so long ago claimed that it was selling the iPhone 4 that Apple India had imported, which obviously turned out to be false.

    Unlike last time, we are keeping our fingers crossed that Infibeam is not taking its customers for a ride yet again.

    SOURCE: Infibeam via Tech Bangalore

    Samsung discontinues Galaxy S in India to make way for Nexus S?

    28 Dec

    One of the most popular Android smartphones in India, the Samsung Galaxy S, has been discontinued according to multiple dealers. We checked in Delhi and multiple dealers claim that the phone is out of stock and Samsung has discontinued the product. We have been able to confirm through secondary sources that a similar situation exists in Bangalore.

    It sounds unreal as the Galaxy S is Samsung’s flagship Android smartphone and has been quite popular with consumers. Even the dealers we spoke to sounded frustrated as they still get customers asking for the Galaxy S. Meanwhile, Samsung claims that it has already shipped over 9.3 million units of the smartphone globally, marginally short of its target of doing 10 million units by the end of 2010. (Who knows, it might be able to achieve it thanks to the Holiday shopping spree across Europe and the US.)

    Coming back to the Galaxy S story in India, could it be that Samsung is now preparing to launch the Nexus S in India? We know for sure that Samsung has plans to launch the Nexus S in India but not even in our wildest dreams did we imagine that it could be this early.

    Before some of our “admirers” jump the gun and call this story fake, we are not making any claims when Samsung would launch the Nexus S over here. We are just trying to put things into perspective and giving a likely possible scenario.

    Our hat tip to our good ol’ friend Tushar for sharing the situation in Bangalore. Don’t forget to share with us in the comments if your friendly neighbourhood cellphone retailer is also claiming that the Galaxy S has been discontinued.