Samsung has launched three new dual-SIM cell phones in India. These are the Samsung Star Duos GT-B7722, which is a 3G and 2G dual-SIM full touchscreen device that uses both connections simultaneously; the Guru Dual 25 GT-E1225; and Guru Dual 26 GT-E1252.
Samsung’s “Guru” handsets are usually medium range devices for the masses. While the Star Duos has a price of Rs. 12,300, the new Guru Dual 25 and the Dual 26 can be had for around Rs. 2,020 and Rs. 2,240, respectively.
According to an official statement from Samsung, Star Duos is the industry’s first 3G+2G dual-standby touchscreen phone. The device has a button that allows users to switch between using either SIM card.
Samsung’s Star Duos is touted to offer business tools such as Active Sync which synchronizes the user’s E-mails between his desktop PC and the smartphone. The Star Duos has Phone Book 2000 for storing and managing contacts, a document viewer that can read MS Office files, PDFss, Txt files, etc. You will get a multi-language dictionary as well. The GT-B7722 also has a special offline mode that lets you switch off the phone and still continue using it. Related: Latest Android phones in India
The Star Duos has a 3.2-inch resistive touchscreen which displays 262,000 colors and renders a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. The phone has a TouchWiz 2.0 user interface, supports HSDPA 3.6 and EDGE, and comes with support for 9 regional languages, according to Samsung.
In addition, the GT-B7722 has a 5-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash which can record QVGA video at 30 frames per second. The phone comes with a built in FindMusic app that finds songs for download. The device has DBSe audio enhancing technology, SoundAlive technology, stereo FM with recording capability and SNS support. However, some reports cit user complaints over clips recorded from other phones not playing on the Samsung Star Duos.
Star Duos uses Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Wi-Fi Fi 802.11 b/g and WAP to connect. It gives you 250MB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 16GB.
The handset measures 113.5 x 55.5 x 14.3 mm and weighs 112 grams. It runs on a 1200 mAh battery that is claimed to give a standby time of up to 420 hours and talk time of around 13 hours.
Now, on to the two new Guru devices from the South Korean electronics major. The Samsung Guru Dual 25 GT-E1225 has a much shorter display size as compared to the Star Duos (you pay one-sixth the price, after all) – sporting a 1.8-inch QQVGA TFT screen. The GT-E1225’s “SIM Shift” feature allows users to carry two SIM cards but unlike the Star Duos, it only uses one SIM at a time. Related: Latest dual SIM phones in India
The Guru Dual 25 has a 3.5 mm audio jack. It uses an 800 mAh battery that is said to give up to 9 hours of talk time and over 900 hours in standby.
Finally, the Guru Dual 26 (GT-E1252). This one has a 2-inch QQVGA TFT LCD screen that displays 262,000 colors. The phone runs on a 1000 mAh battery that gives 11 hours of talk time and 620 hours in standby.
Both the new Samsung Guru dual-SIM phones come with features such as stereo FM; support for 9 regional languages; a phonebook and SMS memory that can store up to 1,000 contact and messages; games; mobile prayers; Indian calendar; 40 poly ring tones; SOS messaging capability and Samsung’s Bike mode features.
Samsung’s Star Duo was launched in Sweden in June this year. With these three new handsets, Samsung has 10 dual-SIM devices in the Indian market that cost between approximately Rs. 2,000 and Rs. 12,500.
Samsung currently controls over 38% of the Indian dual-SIM market and hopes to garner at least 25% more market share, says Softpedia.