India has witnessed the unveiling of a variety of new cell phones in the last couple of months. While the market offered enough goodies for the high-end smartphone users, what caught our eye were the numerous dual-SIM (GSM+GSM, or GSM+CDMA) phones that were launched in the pocket-friendly category.
We’ve put together a list of what we think are the latest affordable dual-SIM cell phones. To help you make sense of this rather long lineup, we have categorized the models by price and key features such as camera and memory card slots.
Model: Olive FrvrOn V-G2300
Price: Rs. 1,300
Offering dual-SIM card slots, the Olive FrvrOn V-G2300 sports a 1.5-inch color screen and an integrated FM player. What’s the USP? Well, Olive Telecom, the manufacturer of the handset, says that the FrvrOn V-G2300 is equipped with its own rechargeable battery but can also run on regular AAA cells widely available in the market.
Olive Telecom has partnered with Airtel to market the budget phone through the telecoms giant’s pan-India network.
Model: Fly Harmony DS102
Price: Rs. 1,449
Fly Harmony DS102 has been branded as a low-cost music phone which claims to be “high on volume and features.” The dual-SIM (GSM + CDMA) device is equipped with a 3.7-cm CSTN display (128 x 128 pixels resolution; up to 65,000 colors). It is lightweight at 58.5 grams (with battery) and compact at 106.9 x 46 x 14.8 mm. The phone can store up to 100 contacts and provides support for 2GB of expandable memory. Estimated talk time is as long as 7 hours, with about 150 hours of standby time – depending upon, of course, your usage.
The Fly Harmony DS102 will appeal to audiophiles as it is said to deliver exceptional audio output, thanks to its set of solid speakers. The MP3 player on the phone comes with an equalizer and a “background play” option. It also has a built-in FM radio.
Additional features on the Fly Harmony DS102 include a Call Blacklist option, for blocking out unwanted callers, dual language options (Hindi and English) and a torch. Sadly, a camera and video player are missing.
The Fly Harmony DS102 is available in black and red. Read more about Fly Harmony DS102 dual SIM cell phone
Model: Nokia C1
The C1 is Nokia’s first dual-SIM phone. This compact handset sports a 1.8-inch TFT (a LCD variant) screen, which can display up to 65,000 colors. It comes with an integrated FM radio and promises 13 hours of battery life. What’s missing, though, is a camera, which users now expect on even the most basic phones. On the plus side, the C1 has an LED that uses the terminal as a torch.
You have four color options to choose from: blue, red, light gray and sea green. Read more about Nokia C1 in India
Model: Fly DS 110i
The Fly DS 110i sports 4.6-cm TFT screen (128 x 160 pixels resolution and support for up to 65,000 colors). The phone provides internal storage of 20KB, expandable up to 2GB with a microSD card. The handset is compact at 106.5 x44.5 x14.5 mm and weighs 68.5 grams. It promises talk time of up to 10 hours and standby time of up to 160 hours – clearly the big pitch of the DS 110i.
Additional features on the Fly DS 110i are a built-in torch, a call recorder, an FM radio/recorder, an audio player (with equalizer) and a video player. Note: No camera.
The Fly DS 110i can be picked up in grey or red color.
It looks like cell phone users in India are spoilt for choice when it comes to affordable dual-SIM handsets. The bottom line: even the cheapest of latest dual SIM cell phones will now give you an FM radio, if not a music player and most will be equipped with a camera. Shop around and we’re sure you’ll find one that suits your need and pocket. Read more about Fly DS110i
Model: Zen M20
Price: Rs. 2,599
The Zen M20 sports a colorful cover, a 2.2-inch QVGA (320 x 240 pixel resolution) screen, an MP3/MP4 player, a 1.3-mega pixel camera and a wireless FM (which comes with a telescopic antenna that is said to provide better network and sound quality). The handset can store 500 contacts and the call register can keep a track of 60 numbers. Read more about Zen M20 dual SIM mobile
Model: Videocon V1402
Price: Rs. 2,895
The Videocon V1402 is one of the latest dual SIM phones launched in India. It has a built-in EZI Soft Touch keypad, and sports a 1.8-inch TFT screen (128 x 160 pixels). The device features a digital camera with video recording capabilities. It is also equipped with an FM radio/recorder, an audio recorder and a loud speaker. Connectivity options on this dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) handset include GPRS and WAP.
The Videocon V1402 offers up to 4GB expandable memory. Users can expect up to 5 hours of talk time and up to 240 hours of standby time. The phone is available in black and orange, black and blue, and black and grey.
Extra features to keep an eye out for are a bright LED torch, a mobile tracker, a voice morphing option, a background noise changer and EMS/smart messaging.
Model: Bright G-Fone 468
Price: Rs. 2,999
Bright Telecom’s G-Fone 468 is available in two dual-SIM versions: GSM+GSM and GSM+CDMA.
The phone offers all basic multimedia features, including an FM radio, a camera and video player (supports MP4 and 3GP file formats). The handset sports a 2-inch TFT Screen with 176 x 220 pixel resolution.
Other features include a data security option, a mobile tracker, a conversation recorder, a black list option, Bluetooth support and a preloaded Indian calendar.
Model: Oscar J4
Price: Rs. 2,750
The Oscar J4 is equipped with a QWERTY keypad and 2-inch color display. The phone comes bundled with a 4GB memory card (expandable up to 8GB through a microSD slot).
The J4 boasts of a 2-megapixel camera, video playback capabilities. What, really, then makes this handset different from all the other ones we have discussed so far? Built-in social networking features, folks. You can stay connected to all your friends and track them on a real-time basis through live updates on the likes of Twitter and Facebook. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, GPRS and WAP.
Miscellaneous features: A single-touch FM radio/recorder, a call recorder and a torch. The Oscar J4 is available only in yellow. Read more about Oscar J4
Model: Spice M-5161
Price: Rs. 2,799
The Spice M-5161 has a 2-inch display with 176 x 220 pixels resolution. It is equipped with an internal storage capacity of 1MB (quite low, one must say). But it tries to make up for this drawback by giving you a memory card slot which can soak in up to 4GB of further memory. The phone can store a maximum of 1200 contacts and 500 SMSes. The handset supports GPRS and WAP and offers a talk time of 4.5 hours.
Apart from the standard torch and FM radio/recorder, the highlight of the Spice M-5161 is a 2-megapixel camera which can record videos.
Model: Wynncom Y23
Price: Rs. 1,895
The very latest dual SIM phone in this list, the Wyncomm Y23 sports a 1.8-inch color screen. It is equipped with a camera (with built-in flash support), a video player and an FM radio/recorder. The phone also has a torch and is GPRS-enabled. It provides up to 6 hours of talk time.
What stands out is that the Wyncomm Y23 offers dual memory card slots along with support for dual SIM (GSM+GSM). Users can add on up to 8GB (4GB + 4GB) of external memory through the slots.
Another interesting feature is a cell phone tracker, which sends an automated message to a registered number in case of theft or unauthorized access of the device. You can also choose to blacklist unwanted numbers and SMSes. Read more about Wynncom Y23
Model: Intex IN 3080E
Price: Rs. 3,490
The IN 3080E dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phone from Intex comes in a slider form factor. It sports a 2.4-inch TFT display and is 101 X 49 X 16.8mm in size. Connectivity options include Bluetooth 2.0, GPRS, WAP and USB. The phone is equipped with an FM radio, a camera and a music player. Expect a talk time of up to 4 hours and a standby time of 150 hours.
What’s new: The Intex IN 3080E has a preloaded e-book reader, a feature you would hardly find on an entry-level phone (you would typically have to shell out Rs 8,000 to get your hands on a phone having an e-book reader). The device also has an in-built Yamaha audio chip for enhanced sound output. An auto call-recording feature on the handset enables users to record their conversations. Read more about Intex IN 3080E
Model: Samsung Guru E2151
Price: Rs. 3,500 (approx.)
The Samsung Guru E2151 the latest dual SIM phone from the company for India. It is equipped with a 2-inch QQVGA (128 x 160 pixel resolution) TFT screen, with support for up to 262,000 colors. It has a built-in FM radio, an MP3 player as well as a VGA camera which can capture stills in 640×480 pixels and videos in 128×160 pixels at 15 fps.
Connectivity options on the Guru E2151 include Bluetooth 2.1, GPRS, EDGE, and WAP. The phone can store up to 1000 contacts and also provides a microSD card slot for expanding the storage capacity to 2GB. The E2151 promises a talk time of 11 hours. As a bonus, Guru E2151 supports various instant messengers along with standard social networking.
Model: Samsung Guru E2152
Price: Rs. 3,550
The Samsung Guru E2152 boasts of a7.5MB storage capacity, expandable to up to 2GB through a microSD card slot. This dual SIM cell phone is equipped with a 2-inch QQVGA TFT screen, a VGA camera with recording capabilities, an FM radio and an MP3 player. It comes with a built-in torch. Connectivity options include Bluetooth and USB, along with links to social networking sites.
What stands out is the Paragon Lite UX feature, which sets a theme for each SIM and provides an easy-to-use dual SIM management. Other interesting features are a fake call activator, an image editor and a one-touch music key. The handset has a dual standby option, which allows you to use SIM cards from two separate operators. Read ore about Samsung Guru E2152 dual SIM cell phone
Model: Zen M40
Price: Rs. 3,599
The Zen M40 is one of the latest launches from Zen Mobiles, which has probably the largest range of dual SIM mobile phones in India. It is equipped with a 2.4-inch QVGA Screen and 1.3-megapixel camera. The handset also features an MP3/MP4 player and wireless FM. The phone promises a talk time of up to 5 hours and a standby time of up to 200 hours.
Highlight: The M40 has SRS dual speakers powered by WOLFSON, which Zen Mobile claims deliver exceptional sound output. A Smart Dialing feature on the phone allows users to filter their contact lists. Read more about Zen M40
Model: Olive Buzz VG-800
Price: Rs. 3,999
Weighing under 90 grams and measuring less than 12mm thick, Olive Telecom’s ultra-thin Buzz VG-800 is sleek and compact. It offers dual-SIM card slots (GSM+GSM) along with E-mail connectivity and social networking.
The latest handset from Olive Telecom sports a QWERTY keypad and a 2.4-inch TFT screen. Storage capacity can be expanded up to 8GB through a microSD card.
The phone offers Web-browsing and Bluetooth support, audio playback and video recording (via a 2-megapixel camera).
Extras: The Olive Buzz VG-800 is preloaded with a navigational Java application, MapmyIndia, which enable location and route tracking; an incoming call be turned silent by turning the phone’s face downwards; an accelerometer sensor switches songs/wallpapers/photos with a shake of the phone. Read more about Olive Buzz VG-800
Model: Spice M-6363
Price: Rs. 4,799
The Spice M-6363 is a step up from the M-5161. It sports a similar 2-inch TFT color display and a 2-megapixel camera, which supports video recording. Connectivity options include WAP 2.0, GPRS and Bluetooth 1.2.
What stand out on the Spice M-6363 are the dual memory card slots, which allow users to expand storage up to 8GB (4GB+4GB).
Model: Micromax X600 Gravity
Price: Rs. 4,900
The Micromax X600 Gravity’s gravity sensor allows users to switch between the two SIM cards and music tracks with just a 360-degree flip of the handset. A 3.2-inch TFT QVGA touchscreen (320 x 240 pixel resolution) on the phone can display up to 26,200 colors. Connectivity options include Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS and WAP. A built-in microSD slot offers expandable memory of up to 4GB.
Apart from the usual FM radio, audio player, video player/recorder and 2-megapixel camera, the Micromax X600 Gravity comes preloaded with Opera Mini browser and connects to Nimbuzz and Facebook. Talk time lasts for about 5 hours, with a standby time of up to 8 days. Read more about Micromax X600 Gravity
Model: Karbonn K1212
Price: Rs 5,000
Karbonn Mobiles’ latest dual SIM phone in India, the K1212 is a touchscreen phone with a 3.2-inch display (320 x 400 pixel resolution). It is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera. The handset provides easy access to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.
Additional features on the Karbonn K1212 include a motion sensor and an audio player with a personalized CD interface. Read more
Model: X510 Pike
Price: Rs. 5,000 (approx.)
The Micromax X510 Pike is said to rival the Samsung Corby series, especially with its five customizable covers which come bundled with the package. The candy bar phone is equipped with a 262K TFT (240 x 400 pixel), 7.1-cm full touch screen. It weighs 103.03 grams and is 110.2 x55 x14.75 mm in size. The handset sports a 2-megapixel camera, a multi-format music player and a video player (AVI/3GP/MP4).
The Micromax X510 Pike dual SIM phone provides Bluetooth and Web browsing support. It provides storage for 2000 phonebook contacts, 500 SMSes and an expandable memory option of up to 16GB through a microSD card. Anticipated talk time is about 8 hours, with 16 days of standby time.
What sets it apart: the Micromax X510 Pike’s resistive touchscreen is highly responsive. The user interface of the phone offers three customizable screens and preloaded Nimbuzz and Snaptu apps. Connecting to social networking sites is convenient and quick.
What’s missing: Screen and camera co-ordination. Don’t expect this phone to replace your pocket camera.
Model: Micromax X550 QUBE
The Micromax X550 QUBE candy bar phone offers an innovative 3D Cube user interface on its 3.2-inch TFT touchscreen. The UI on the handset forms a cube with sides rotating into place when a user swipes the screen. The phone is handy at 85 grams and 112.5 x 55.9 x 14.1 mm. It comes with the usual connectivity options (Bluetooth, EDGE, WAP and email), media players (multi-format music player, FM radio and video player) and social networking options such as Nimbuzz, Facebook and Twitter (through Snaptu).
The Micromax X550 QUBE is Java- and Web-enabled, and comes preloaded with the Opera Mini browser. Memory is expandable up to 16GB (via a microSD card). The phone offers talk time of up to 8 hours, with up to 6 days of standby time.
Model: Zen Orbit Z90
Price: Rs. 5,400
The Zen Orbit Z90 is a square-shaped phone built with a swivel mechanism and a reflective back surface (which can double up as a mirror). The screen twists open to reveal a keypad.
The dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) handset is equipped with a 2.4-inch TFT touchscreen and a 3-megapixel camera (with zoom, a night-mode option and video recording capabilities, but no flash).
The Zen Orbit Z90 offers 100MB of internal storage (expandable to 8GB). The phone has an FM radio and an MP3/ MP4 player. Connectivity options include GPRS, Bluetooth, EDGE and USB. Users can also access social networking sites and IMs.
Other features include a world clock, a stopwatch, a speed dial option, a motion sensor, and document viewer support. Users can expect talk time of up to 2.5 hours and 240 hours of standby time.
Model: Micromax Gravity GC700
The 15-mm thick Miromax Gravity GC700 is another dual-SIM (CDMA + GSM) phone equipped with a gravity sensor. As with the Gravity X600, users can rotate the GC700 to switch SIM cards and music tracks. The phone comes with a 2.8-inch screen capacitive touchscreen with a Color Touch Lens and Sense-Flo interface. It is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera.
Pros: The Miromax Gravity GC700 lays claim to a large phonebook/SMS memory and provides a PhotoCall option. The handset has two navigation pads – one at each end – which double up as joysticks while gaming and earpieces while making calls. The phone sports a USB port and a “Slide to Unlock” feature in its UI, similar to the iPhone.
Cons: The three simple games preloaded on the Miromax Gravity GC700 don’t do its motion sensor technology justice. Also, the memory card slot has been positioned below the SIM card slots, making it pretty inconvenient to access the memory card.
Model: Spice Mi-300 Android dual SIM cell phone
Price: Rs. 9,990 (introductory offer)
Part of the “Connected Spice Life” Android-based series, the Spice Mi-300 runs on the Android 2.1 Éclair operating system. This latest and the most high-end Android dual SIM phone for India is equipped with a 3.2-inch HVGA capacitive touchscreen (320 x 240-pixel resolution) and a 5-megapixel camera. The phone is powered by a Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor and provides Wi-Fi support. As with any Android phone, the Spice Mi-300 connects to the Android Market (to download more than 1,00,000 applications) and to the Google Mobile suite of services.
Additional features on the Spice Mi-300 include GMS, MS Office, A-GPS (for location tracking), push e-mail, a G-sensor, an E-compass, a proximity sensor and an accelerometer.
Overall, the Spice Mi-300 packs in pretty decent features for an Android phone priced below Rs. 10,000.
All in all, the Rs. 3,000/-plus segment in the Indian dual-SIM phone market offers you a host of choices. Those of you looking to savor the e-book reading experience – on an entry-level phone – the Intex IN 3080E is the answer. For those keen on having their cell phones act as an navigator, the Olive Buzz VG-800 will come in handy. And flip-savvy users can go in for the Micromax 600 Gravity’s gravity sensor technology.