The low-cost Aakash tablet makers Datawind has announced their range of budget smartphone lineup in India called PocketSurfer. The range includes three new dual-SIM smartphones with 5-inch display and named the PocketSurfer 5x, PocketSurfer 5C+ and the PocketSurfer 3G5 with prices starting from Rs 3,499.
The first of the lineup is PocketSurfer 5x with a 5-inch WOVGA (400×240 pixels) resistive display (yes, seems like resistive displays still exists!), 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, front VGA camera, expandable memory. Features include Bluetooth and FM Radio. The device runs on Linus OS and is priced at a pocket-friendly Rs. 3,499. Though the price is a sweetener for budget conscious buyers, outdated technology like resistive display, Linus OS, no rear camera might not augment well for sales especially when we better spec-ed Android smartphones are available at this price points.
The next model in the lineup, the PocketSurfer 5C+ is a dual-SIM Android smartphone running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and features a 5-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) capacitive display, 1GHz Cortex A9 SoC, 2-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, expandable memory. Features include Edge,WiFi,Bluetooth and FM Radio. PocketSurfer 5C+ is priced at Rs 4,999.
The third device in the PockerSurfer range is the dual-SIM PocketSurfer 3G5 running on on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and features a 5-inch WVGA (800×480 pixels) capacitive display, 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7 SoC, 5-megapixel rear camera, VGA front camera, expandable memory, a battery that can survive through 4 hours of talktime and up to 2 days on standby mode and connectivity options like 3G support, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM Radio. The device is priced at Rs 6,499
In a fiercely competitive budget Smartphone market which sees other local players like Spice, Karbonn, Lava, Intex and Micromax Bolt series that offers better specs at this price points it would be a tough fight for market share for Datawind’s PocketSurfer range.