Motorola dual SIM phones EX128 and the EX115 launched

Friday, October 1, 2010, 19:29 by Tech Correspondent

New Motorola cell phones target booming dual-SIM handset market in India

Motorola India, ahead of the forthcoming festive season, is plunging into the already competitive dual-SIM handset market in India with two dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) devices – the EX128 and the EX115. You can pick up both handsets at any Motorola retailer across India.

While Motorola EX128 costs Rs. 6,990 and comes at a Best Buy price of around Rs. 6,000, the Motorola EX115 can be had at a Best Buy price of Rs. 4,990 (it actually carries a price tag of Rs. 5,990).

motorola dual sim phones EX115 and EX125 in India photo

Photo: Motorola EX128 dual SIM touchscreen phone with Motorola EX115 QWERTY phone

So what are the USP of these two models? Well, the EX115 dual-SIM phone has a full QWERTY keyboard; while the EX128 has a touchscreen which has to be used with a stylus. Related: Latest dual-SIM phones in India

Both the Motorola dual-SIM phones have 3-megapixel cameras that can be used to capture video. They have large color screens and their internal memories can be expanded up to 32GB using microSD card slots.

According to Motorola, the new EX115 and EX128 are meant for social networking on the go, as well as for rich media entertainment.

The EX128 measures 107.7 x 58 x 12.4 mm. The device has a 3.2-inch WQVGA touchscreen that displays 65,000 colors. Its camera has digital zoom and works as a camcorder. The device supports MPEG4 files and also has an FM radio. Related: Touchscreen cell phones in India

The EX128 dual-SIM phone from Motorola runs for about 5 hours of talking time or about 350 hours on standby.

The EX115, on the other hand, is said to be for “social butterflies,”according to Motorola. The phone’s full QWERTY keyboard allows ease of use for e-mailing or texting messages. The phone comes with embedded links for Gmail, Facebook, MySpace and YouTube. The EX115 has a 2.3-inch QVGA display and measures 61 x 109 x 12.35 mm.

Motorola’s EX115 runs for about 3 hours and 20 minutes of talking time, or 250 hours on standby mode.

Both phones are a little over 12 mm thick. They are preloaded with social networking links and support MMS, and POP3 and IMAP E-mail. Motorola’s dual-SIM phones have media players that can read MP3, AAC, AAC+, MIDI, WAV, AMR NB and MPEG4 formats; and have 3.5 mm audio jacks. The devices support Bluetooth with A2DP2, and use quad band GSM networks at 850, 900, 1800 or 1900MHz, and EDGE.

Motorola certainly will have a tough competition on its hands, as far as the market segment for multi-SIM devices goes – considering that rival overseas telecoms companies such as Samsung and Nokia are aggressively rolling out affordable handsets in this range. Not to discount local manufacturers such as Lemon Mobiles, Intex and Micromax, either.

Multi-SIM phones accounted for close to 40% of total handset sales in India during the quarter that ended in June, up from just 1% in the same period last year, according to a study by International Data Corporation.

Several large manufacturers are now launching dual SIM cell phones in India. Nokia recently launched its dual SIM phones, while LG to have a few in its invetory.

The dual SIM phone market in India though is dominated by smaller manufacturers such as Lemon Mobiles, Olive Telecom, Micromax and Karbonn.

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