Zen Mobile, an emerging New Delhi based tech vendor, invited GizBot to witness some of the innovations going on at their campus. The occasion was to interact with top honchos at Zen Mobile. They also gave us their new flagship device - Ultrafone 710 HD, to play around with. The handset appeared to be sober. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powered handset packs a 5-inch 720p HD display, 1.2GHz quad -core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM which can be further expanded through microSD card, an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera with HDR video recording, 3.2-mega pixel front facing camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, noise cancellation headphones, and a 2,000 mAh battery. It costs Rs. 11,999, in the Indian market. Expect detailed review of the handset in the coming weeks.
The other special reason was to meet two young and dynamic souls - Deepesh Gupta, Managing Director, and Nitesh Gupta, Director, at Zen Mobile. They were cooperative enough to give us some exclusive information in regards to their upcoming smarthphones, tablets, and [Android 4.3 Jelly Bean].
Zen Ultrafone 710 HD - Sequel?
Zen Mobiles also disclosed that the company is already working on the next flagship device, which might be the successor of Zen Ultrafone 710 HD. Moreover, the company officials gave a sneak peek to the specifications of the upcoming device, saying it will have a 5-inch display with Full HD 1080p resolution, 1.5-GHz quad -core processor, and a 13-mega pixel rear facing camera. However, they didn't reveal much about RAM embedded in the device.
Prediction are that it should be 2GB and the device might arrive flaunting gesture based controls. However, it is too early to speculate the internal specifications, but this is much GizBot is aware about. The handset will be a part of Ultrafone series. The tech vendor is targeting August release date of the handset. They could price the device between Rs.15, 000 - Rs.17,000.
A Zen Phablet in the Pipeline?
When asking about the plans to launch a phablet in the near future, Deepesh Gupta, Managing Director, and Nitesh Gupta, Director, at Zen Mobile stated, "We haven't decided the exact display size. It could be either 5.3-inch or 5.5-inch or even 5.7-inches for matter. In terms of specifications, the still to be announced device would come with a 720p HD display, and dual-core processor." Further, no release date was told during our interaction.
At the same time, the company honchos also mentioned that Zen Mobile could offer an Android based QWERTY-keypad cum Touch enabled handset in Q4 2013. The handset will likely to be priced between Rs. 7,000- Rs. 9,000 in the Indian market.
A 3G Enabled Tablet
When asked them about whether they ever going to launch 3G enabled tablet, Zen Mobiles claimed that the tech firm will soon announce 3G [voice] calling tablet with dual-core processor inside, which will be priced under Rs.10,000.
Apart from hardware, Deepesh Gupta, Managing Director, and Nitesh Gupta, Director, at Zen Mobile also added, "Zen Mobile is also working on to revamp their native app store. The company would rather focus on to reach developers to make regional content to feed millions of eager customers."
What About Android 4.3 Jelly Bean?
Lastly, GizBot was dying to get this answer from some one senior in the industry. When can we expect to see the next version of Android mobile OS to be released? Our bet was on Key Lime Pie?
On that, Zen Mobile confirmed to GizBot that Android 4.3 Jelly Bean is not a gimmick. It is indeed real, and one could hear a big announcement in the coming days. If this is true then Zen Mobile would be making Android 4.3 Jelly Bean powered handset too. How cool, isn't it?