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Dell launches XCD series of Android smartphones in India

11 Nov

As expected, Dell announced a couple of Android smartphones suited for emerging markets like India. The two phones – XCD28 and XCD35 – run on Android 2.1 and are expected to be updated to Android 2.2 in the future. Priced aggressively at Rs 10,999 and Rs 16,999 respectively, it seems Dell is pushing hard to create a market for itself in India by contracting OEMs like ZTE to churn out affordable smartphones. The two phones are available in other countries under different names and are not Dell’s own products. What Dell brings to the table is its after sales service commitment, which includes handset replacement in case of hardware-related problems.

DSCN0279The XCD28 (pictured above) has a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen (yup, it comes with a stylus), 3.2 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio. It runs on Qualcomm’s MSM7227 chipset and a processor clocked at 600 MHz. We believe there are better spec-ed Android smartphones from Samsung and Spice available in the market at similar price points.

DSCN0286 The XCD35 has a 3.5-inch capacitive display but shares the rest of the features with the XCD28 from the 3.2 MP camera down to the 600 MHz processor. This one is not available in the market, yet and will be launched in December.

For Dell to really succeed in India, it would take more than launching OEM rebranded stuff. It is quite possible for some other local players to launch these same devices under their brand.

Breaking: Dell to launch India-specific phones on November 10

8 Nov

We have just received an invite for a Dell press conference on November 10, where the company will introduce “India specific mobile phones.” Currently, the Dell Streak is available in India for approximately Rs 35,000.

We believe that the press conference could be about the launch of the ‘Dell XCD28’ (an internal codename, we assume), which we are told would be a 3G-enabled Android 2.1 smartphone priced at Rs 10,900.

Check out the specs of the phone:

  • Dimensions:  102 x 55 x 14.5 mm
  • Weight:  100g
  • Display: 2.8-inch, QVGA, resistive
  • Camera: 3.2 MP
  • Battery: 1000 mAh Li-ion
  • OS: Android 2.1
  • CPU: ARM 11 600 MHz
  • Memory: 200 MB User memory, 512M Flash, 256M RAM, microSD card slot (up to 16 GB)
  • SOURCE: Flipkart