Intex is planning to launch its first Android phone in India. At about Rs. 5,500, the 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen phone that would run Google Android 2.2 OS, would be the cheapest Android smartphone the Indian market has seen yet.
Slated to release in Februray 2011, the Intex Android phone will boast a 3.2MP camera, Wi-Fi and GPS. Sudhir Kumar, assistant general manager of the telecom division at Intex, has said in a press release that the company will launch an Android 2.2 phone in the first week of February and it will priced at around Rs 5,500 and people who want to watch movies, videos, picture galleries and even read e-books on their mobile phones will also find some interesting applications in the new model. Related: Buyer’s guide to Android phones in India
The company is also planning to launch four more models in the same range. There is no word on its processor from the company.
The new Intex Android smartphone would compete with recently-released Micromax Andro A60 that costs about Rs. 7,000. Micromax A60 has a 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen display and a 3.15 megapixel camera with auto focus. It is powered by a processor that can run at a speed of 600 MHz. Right now, the Andro A60 is the cheapest Android phone available in India.
However, Micromax A60 uses Android 2.1 Eclair. So, the new Intex phone would have the advantage of running a more advanced Android OS Froyo.
Incidentally, Chinese telecom manufacturer Huawei is also working to launch new sub-Rs. 10,000 Android smartphone in India. Huawei’s Android phones will be called Ideos and will be powered by Qualcomm chipsets that are designed to support and leverage 3G networks and services.
With so many cheap Android phones in the offing, we are keeping our fingers crossed till their release. Watch this space for more on the new Intex Android phone. You might also be interested in this story on the top Android phones in India