Micromax has launched a really inexpensive smartphone, and the first from the domestic handset maker to run on Google’s Android OS. The phone, Micromax Andro A60 was revealed at the Delhi Bloggers’ Meet and will cost less than Rs 8,000. Andro A60 will be available in the country by December this year.
Micromax A60 has a 2.8 inch resistive touchscreen display and a 3.15 mega pixel camera with auto focus. It is powered by a processor that can run at a speed of 600 MHz. A60 uses Android 2.1 Éclair, which isn’t the latest version of Android available for smartphones. The phone does have an accelerometer and gravity sensor, however, so that its display will orient itself automatically based on how the device is held, and it will support Android games that require automatic display orientation, such as car racing games. Related: Top Android smartphones in India
The device has 150 MB of internal storage that can be expanded to 32 GB with microSD cards. The phone connects using 3G HSDPA with speeds of up to 5.76 Mbps and HSUPA at speeds of 7.2 Mbps. The device uses WiFi and Bluetooth networks as well as dual band GSM. Related: Android phone buyer’s guide
Micromax Andro A60 uses a 1280 mAh battery which supports up to 4 hours of talk time.
A60 will be targeted at the youth with the catchline ‘My first Android’.
Following the launch of its Andro A60 smartphone, Micromax is scheduled to release a somewhat improved mid range Android device that will run on the newer version of Android, 2.2 Froyo. The device is to have a 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen, which is more responsive than the resistive type that A60 uses.
Micromax also has plans of launching a 7 inch tablet device soon. It isn’t clear whether the tablet will also run on Android, but Micromax does intend to produce four Android devices by the next financial year, so it’s likely that the tablet will be one of them.
Google provides small manufacturers like Micromax and Olive Telecom with support in developing Android based products. This way, the search company can ensure that Android reaches the masses. According to Vinay Goel, the head of Google’s products division in India, says that the commonly Android phones available abroad, that are priced at $400, will remain a niche product in India. He believes that for a smartphone to become really popular, it must be priced between $100 and $200.