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RCom to launch Samsung Galaxy i899 Android smartphone

29 Jun

RCom will introduce the first CDMA Android phone in India in the coming weeks. RCom’s website is displaying the Samsung Galaxy i899 in its list of handsets with an option to book units. Current details do not indicate which version of Android it will run on, but we have a hunch that it is going to be Android 2.1 and not the latest Android 2.2.

Listed specifications include a 3.2 inch HVGA display (320×480 pixels), a 3.2 MP camera with a single LED flash and auto-focus, 230 MB of internal memory, Wi-Fi, a 1440 mAh battery, DivX video support and a microSD card slot that supports cards up to 32 GB in capacity.

Barring a few BlackBerry and a couple of WinMo devices, CDMA in India has typically been driven by low-cost basic phones with minimal multimedia or enterprise capabilities. The Galaxy i899 would make for a good addition to the smartphone-starved CDMA users in the country. It would help open the floodgates for other handset vendors (LG and HTC in particular) to launch CDMA variants of their own Android smartphones. Meanwhile, we also expect new handset vendors in India to launch dual-SIM Android smartphones that support both GSM and CDMA networks.

Coming back to the Galaxy i899, we expect it to be available at under Rs 20,000. Just a note, this is our estimate and not something that we have heard from RCom or Samsung.