The Indian smartphone market has changed a lot during the past two years, backed by the emergence of domestic handset makers. Many local players in the Indian handset market have strengthened their visibility, all thanks to the success of affordable Android powered phones.
Alongside Micromax, a couple of local vendors recently launched their feature rich smartphones priced under Rs. 7,000. Now, today, the leading domestic smartphone maker Spice has launched its new Android-based handset at Rs. 5,299.
The latest smartphone, the Spice Stellar 445, supports multiple regional languages such as English, Hindi, Bangla, Tamil, Telugu and Marathi. The new budget phone will be available from the first week of July across India through major retail stores and Saholic.
Specs-wise, the Spice Stellar 445 is an affordable quad-core phone (most likely Snapdragon 200), coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The device features a 4-inch display, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box. The budget phone does support 3G connectivity and dual-SIM. On the camera front, there's a 3.2-megapixel rear-facing camera, and a 1.3-megapixel quality front-facing shooter.
Additionally, the handset is supported by a Wi-Fi, FM Radio, GPS and Bluetooth. Moreover, the Stellar 445 comes pre-loaded with Swiftkey keyboard, OLX, WhatsApp and free 2 GB Spice Cloud storage. The makers have added a 1500mAh battery fitted inside.
"This is the first 10.16 cm smartphone from Spice with a Quad Core processor that enables multitasking and faster speed. Through the multiple Indian languages option in our products we intend to reach out to the masses with the readiness of their choice of language in their mobiles. The idea to empower every Indian through their smartphones has been our engine of growth and we have been working towards it by proliferating data services through our 3G enabled handsets," Mr. T M Ramakrishnan, CEO - Devices, Spice Retail Ltd, said, in a press note.
Since the Spice Stellar 445 supports multi-lingual languages, it will indeed face fierce competition from the current market leader, the Micromax Unite 2. The biggest selling point of the Unite 2 is its support for as many as 21 local languages. Notably, it is the first Micromax-branded phone to run on Android 4.4 Kitkat.
Priced at Rs. 6,999, the phone has a 4.7-inch IPS display with a WVGA (800x480p) resolution, a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM, a microSD card, a 5MP primary camera, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 3G, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, GPS, amongst others.
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