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Spice launches Android smartphone in Malaysia, plans to launch Internet Tablet in August

26 Jul

Spice CSL of Malaysia, a JV between Malaysia’s CSL Group and Spice i2i (a Singapore-based entity of Spice Global) has launched an Android smartphone in Malaysia. Judging that it sports Spice branding, we assume that Spice Mobile will soon make its Android debut in India.

The Mi300 (the name might change if it is launched in India) is a typical mid-end Android smartphone (think of the HTC Wildfire) and has a 3.2 inch HVGA (320×480 pixels) display. It is powered by a Qualcomm MSM 7227 SoC with a 600 MHz ARM processor and has 512 MB ROM/256 MB RAM. It currently runs on Android 1.6 but the company says it will be upgraded to Android 2.1 soon. We wonder why it wasn’t launched in Malaysia with Android 2.1 when other vendors are about to announce their smartphones running Android 2.2.

Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. On the multimedia front, the Mi300 offers a 5.0 MP camera and a 3.5 mm audio jack. We would be interested to see how soon Spice brings the Mi300 to India and at what price point. We would like to see it launched at about Rs 10,000.

Spice CSL is also planning to launch an Android-based Internet Tablet – the Mi700 – in August. It is expected to have a 7.0 inch touchscreen and we won’t be surprised if it shares its specs with the recently-announced Olivepad.

Acer announces two new Android devices, the beTouch E120 and the beTouch E130

22 Jun

Acer has announced two new Android devices, the beTouch E120 and the beTouch E130. Both the smartphones are touchscreen devices and share a couple of common features. The smartphone-duo is 3G-enabled, runs on Android 1.6 aka DonutĀ and sports a 3.2 MP camera, accelerometer, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, FM Radio and 3.5 mm audio jack. Both the phones share the same processor – ST Ercisson 416Mhz and offer 256MB of RAM. Apps like UrFooz and Acer Spinlets will also be embedded in the devices.

While these were a few common features we could spot, the only different feature in this smartphone-duo is the form factor. The beTouch E120 sports a 2.8 inch QVGA touchscreen display whereas the beTouch E130 has a 2.6 inch touchscreen display with a QWERTY keyboard. Both the phones will ship to select markets in Q3.