Touchscreen cell phones all the rage in India

Thursday, October 14, 2010, 18:45 by Tech Correspondent

As far as smartphone trends go, right now, it’s all about the touch. And India has not escaped the touch revolution, either. Numerous touchscreen mobile handsets have entered the Indian market in the last couple of months, available for all budgets. Let’s take a look at the latest touchscreen cell phones in India (in order of increasing price).

Fujezone X2: Dual SIM, touchscreen

Price: Rs. 3,999

Fujezone Mobiles’ X2 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) touchscreen mobile phone with a 2.8-inch display. The device is equipped with two cameras – a low resolution 1.3-megapixel front-facing one for video chats and a 2-megapixel camera (with LED flash) for clicking pictures.

Fujezone X2 is available in white and its curved edges give it a stylish look. It is loaded with multi-format audio and video players. The X2 is designed with motion sensor technology, which lets you switch between images and music tracks with a shake of the device. The cell phone offers support for Internet browsing and connects to popular social networking sites. It is preloaded with the Opera Mini browser. Users can expect a talk time of about 4 hours and a standby time of 260 hours from the X2, which runs on a 1200 mAh battery.

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Photo: Alcatel DS2344 touchscreen phone

Micromax X600 Gravity: Dual SIM, gravity sensor SIM switching

Price: Rs. 4,900

Micomax X600 Gravity sports a 3.2-inch TFT (a LCD variant) touchscreen, rendering 320 x 240 pixel resolution and displaying up to 26,200 colors. It is a dual-SIM handset with a gravity sensor. The sensor allows users to switch between the two SIMs with a 360-degree rotation of the phone. Users can also swap music tracks with a shake of the phone. Related: Micromax X600 Gravity

The Micromax X600 Gravity provides support for Bluetooth, EDGE, GPRS, WAP and MMS as well as social networking options. It is equipped with a microSD slot (expandable up to 4GB). The handset has two sets of buttons – one set at the bottom, one at the top – for dialing or hanging up a call. Other features include an FM radio, an audio player, a 2-megapixel camera and a video player/recorder. One of the latest touchscreen phones from Micromax, the Gravity offers a talk time of up to 5 hours and a standby time of up to 8 days.

Karbonn K1212: Dual SIM, motion sensor

Price: Rs. 5,000

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Photo: Karbonn K1212

Karbonn K1212, released by Karbonn Mobiles, is a dual-SIM touchscreen handset with a 3.2-inch LCD (320 x 400 pixel resolution) display. The device is equipped with a 3-megapixel camera that also records videos. The handset comes with a built-in motion sensor, which enhances the gaming experience on the phone. It also lets users change wallpapers, songs or FM stations with a shake of the device. More about the Karbonn K1212

The Karbonn K1212’s audio player allows you to become amateur DJs and simulate record scratching sounds. Connectivity options include Bluetooth and GPRS. The handset offers preloaded applications that link users to social networking sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Other features include an E-mail application, a memory card slot (expandable up to 8GB) and a built-in answering machine.

Karbonn offers two other touchscreen cell phones. The Karbonn K 488 has a 2.4-inch TFT touchscreen and comes with an FM radio/recorder, Bluetooth and a microSD card slot (expandable up to 4GB). The K 570 dual-SIM cell phone has a 2.2-inch touchscreen display, a 0.3-megapixel camera, an FM radio/recorder and a torch. It also offers GPRS, Bluetooth and WAP connectivity. The K 488 will be priced slightly below Rs. 2,600, whereas the K 570 will be available for Rs. 3,000.

Micromax X550 QUBE: 3D Cube UI

Price: Rs. 5,000

Another touch treat by Micromax is the X550 QUBE, a candy bar touchscreen cell phone which sports a unique 3D Cube user interface. The UI forms a cube shape with sides rotating into place as you swipe the screen and is loaded with customizable widgets and touch sensitive wallpapers. The X550 QUBE comes with a 3.2-inch TFT screen (240x 400 pixel resolution) and dual SIM slots.

Micromax X550 QUBE offers support for 16GB expandable storage through a microSD card slot. It is equipped with a 2-megapixel camera, multi-format music player, an FM radio and a video player (plays AVI/3GP/MP4 files). The device in Internet-ready and comes with an Opera Mini browser and Java support. It provides connectivity via Bluetooth (A2DP), EDGE, WAP and E-mail. Users can link to social networking applications such as Nimbuzz, Facebook and Twitter (through Snaptu). More about Micromax X550 Qube

A Li-ion 1200 mAh battery on the Micromax X550 QUBE offers a talk time of up to 8 hours a standby time of up to 6 days.

Micromax X505 Psych: dual SIM, Yamaha audio

Price: Rs. 5,200

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Photo: Micromax X505 Psych touchscreen phone

Micromax has brought out the X505 Psych, which is a dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) touchscreen device equipped with a high quality Yamaha audio amplifier.

Micromax X505 Psych sports a 7.1-cm TFT touch display (240 x 320 pixel resolution). Based on a candy bar form factor, the device is 105 x 56 x 13 mm in size. The handset offers enhanced video and audio players that play multi-format media and will be appreciated by videophiles and audiophiles alike. Users can store media on a microSD card (slot provided) with a maximum storage capacity of 8GB.

The X505 Psych is Internet-ready and comes preloaded with the Opera Mini browser. The cell phone links to social networking sites and offers preloaded Facebook, Nimbuzz and Snaptu applications. Additionally, the handset provides a call blacklisting feature (to block unwanted calls), handwriting recognition technology and a scheduled power on/off feature.

Other features of the device include a stereo FM radio/recorder, a 2-megapixel camera (with video recording capability), USB, Bluetooth (A2DP), EGPRS and WAP connectivity. The phone, with an MTV logo on the front, is packaged with two extra back panels and a silicon cover. A 900 mAh battery is claimed to support 3 hours of talk time and up to 5 hours of standby time.

Zen Orbit Z90: Stylish, swivel screen

Price: Rs. 5,399

zen orbit z90 phone photoThe Zen Orbit Z90 employs both a standard alphanumeric keypad and a 2.4-inch touchscreen. It is designed with a swivel screen and resembles a lady’s compact. The touchscreen requires a stylus (not included) but since you are likely to favor the keypad over the touchscreen, the stylus can be given a miss.

The user interface on the Zen Orbit is Java-based, with friendly navigation and smooth animated transitions. The Z90 offers support for two SIM cards and is equipped with a micro USB port and a microSD hot swap slot (located under the rear panel). There is also a built-in 3-megapixel fixed focus camera. The device offers Bluetooth, EDGE and GPRS connectivity and comes preloaded with Gtalk, Yahoo!, MSN Messenger and Nimbuzz apps. Read more about Zen Orbit Z90

The audio player on the Zen Orbit Z90 comes with a Bass Enhancement setting and a Dolby cell phone audio engine. The device is also loaded with an FM radio and a video player (plays 3GP and MPEG4 files). Additional features include a calculator, a calendar, a converter, a stopwatch and a world clock. The handset offers a talk time of roughly 2.5 hours.

Micromax Pike X510: Wi-Fi-ready

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Photo: The full touchscreen Micromax Pike

Price: Rs. 5,499

Micromax’s Pike X510 sports a 262K TFT full touch display (240x 400 pixel resolution) and is powered by a wireless communication chipset made by MediaTek Inc., a Taiwanese semiconductor company specializing in wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions. The device is equipped with a 2-mega pixel camera. More about the Micromax Pike X510

Micromax’s Pike X510 is Wi-Fi ready and offers preloaded social networking widgets and Java support. Additional features include an FM radio, Bluetooth support and a memory slot expandable up to 16GB. The handset comes with a colorful back panel. Users can pick from five color options: black, red, silver, orange and yellow. The device runs on a Li-ion 1500mAh battery, which offers up to 8 hours of talk time and up to 16 days of standby time.

MTS Alive: Comes with 3G

Price: Rs. 6,000

MTS Alive offers a 2.9-inch touch display and also provides Wi-Fi and 3G support. It comes preloaded with the Opera Mini Browser. Other features include an expandable memory slot of up to 8GB and links to social networking sites.

Read more about MTS Alive 3G

Micromax Gravity GC700 Price: Rs. 9,900

The Miromax Gravity GC700 has a capacitive 2.8-inch touchscreen (240 x 400 pixel resolution) that can display up to 262,000 colors. It is a dual-SIM (GSM+ CDMA) handset with gravity and motion sensors. The phone offers a Color Touch Lens and Sense-Flo interface. Other features include a music player, video recorder-cum-player, FM radio, a 2-megapixel camera and a preloaded Opera Mini browser. Additionally, the GC700 comes with two navigation pads (one at each end) that serve as joysticks for gaming.

LG GX500: big brand dual SIM, touchscreen

Price: Rs. 10,600

LG’s latest touchscreen offering is the GX500. It is a Java-based dual-SIM handset with a 7.2-cm TFT 262K full-touch display (400 x 240 pixel resolution). It comes equipped with a 3-megapixel camera (with 2x zoom) and Wi-Fi support.

The LG GX500 offers 40MB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, through which you can expand the memory to up to 16GB. The device provides USB and Bluetooth support. Other features include an FM radio and a preloaded Web browser. The handset claims 15 hours of talk time and 572 hours of standby time.

MTS Ivory: Windows Mobile – odd man out!

Price: Rs. 13,500

The MTS Ivory, launched by MTS India (the CDMA cell phone telephony service of Sistema Shyam Teleservices Ltd), is equipped with a 3.2-inch WQVGA full touch screen. It will run on the Windows Mobile 6.1 OS and the company claims that the handset can subsequently be upgraded to Windows Mobile 6.5. This might be the latest from MTS when it comes to Windows Mobile phones, but also possibly be the last – as Windows Phone 7 OS has succeeded Windows Mobile already.

MTS Ivory is Wi-Fi and 3G-enabled and has been designed for mobile TV viewing. The device is touted to be able to connect to 60 mobile TV channels. MTS claims that users can enjoy Internet speeds of up to 3.1Mbps on the Ivory. The cell phone also offers Microsoft Exchange’s push E-mail functionality and can link to popular social networking sites and instant messengers. Other features include a 2-megapixel camera, an expandable memory option (max of 4GB) and Bluetooth connectivity.

Nokia C7: 8 MP camera, 3.5″ display

Price: Rs. 16,000

The Nokia C7 is a slim, stainless-steel, touchscreen smartphone. It comes with a capacitive 3.5-inch full-touch glass display and runs on the Symbianˆ3 operating system. The device is Wi-Fi-enabled and connects to all popular social networking sites through preloaded widgets. It provides users access to thousands of apps from the Ovi Store. The user interface on the C7 offers three customizable home screens. Read more about Nokia C7

The Nokia C7 is equipped with an 8-megapixel camera that can record and play back high-definition video. It provides Web TV connectivity to National Geographic, CNN, BBC and other channels. One of the latest launches from Nokia in India, this touchscreen cell phone offers free GPS navigation through preloaded maps. Additional features include an FM radio, an RSS reader and Flash player support. The C7 promises a talk time of up to 576 minutes and a standby time of 555 hours.

Spice Mi-300: Android 2.1 smartphone

Price: Rs. 16,999 (introductory price: Rs. 9,900)

The Spice Mi-300 is 3.2-inch touchscreen cell phone that runs on the Android 2.1 OS. The device is powered by a 600MHz processor. It is Wi-Fi and 3G-enabled, with access to Google Mobile Services.

The Spice Mi300 is equipped with a 5-megapixel camera and a microSD card slot, which offers external storage expandable up to 32GB. Additional features include an accelerometer and a proximity sensor. The Spice Mi-300 is one of the most exciting phones to hit India, considering that it offers reasonable specs and Android 2.1 in a sweet touchscreen form factor.

Garmin-Asus A10: Android navigation phone

Expected price: Rs. 20,000-22,000

The Garmin-Asus A10, set to be launched in India, is a mid-range Android smartphone with a full-touch display. It sports a 3.2-inch HVGA TFT capacitive touchscreen and is powered by a Qualcomm 7227 600MHz processor. Currently, the device operates on Android 1.6, but is expected to be upgraded to Android 2.1. Users get 512MB SDRAM, 4GB of internal memory and 512MB SLC.

The Garmin-Asus A10 will offer built-in car navigation with Street View function and will be preloaded with maps. It will be equipped with an auto-focus 5-megapixel camera, eMMC Flash and a 1500 mAh battery. The A10 claims a talk time of up to 5 hours with its “extra long battery life”.

So there. We are sure you have come across at least a couple of companies you have never heard about before in this list! The Indian mobile phone market is exploding, and touchscreens, which were available only on a few exclusive phones a couple of years are now only a few thousand rupees away! Dual-SIM phones, considered the low-end of the market, too now have more than a smattering of touchscreen mobile phones.

There are more touchscreen mobiles coming out practically every day in India; so if you want the latest information, browse the rest of our site!