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With the launch of the original Galaxy Note by Samsung flaunting a massive 5.3 inch display in 2011, the demand for large screen smartphones among tech meniacs has crazily gone high. Hence, to meet the demands of the consumer, various local and global smartphone vendors are trying to explore the 'phablet' category and introducing more and more killer devices to keep up in the competition.
When it comes to the global smartphone arena, Samsung has now come up with its second generation phablet - Galaxy Note 2, LG has come up with Optimus Vu, HTC has also entered the competition with J Butterfly and Droid DNA.
Talking about the Indian market, which is highly price conscious rather than brand-conscious, several homegrown manufacturers are foraying the phablet category with low cost dual SIM Android phablets to cater to the needs of the budget conscious Indians.
Soon after stepping into the new year, Gizbot is offering a collective list of all the budget phablets with dual SIM support and Android operating system that were launched in 2012.
Flip through the gallery below to know more.
Karbonn A30 recently came up with a phablet featuring a massive 5.9 inch LCD capacitive touchscreen display, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 1GHz processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, dual sim support, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2,500 mAh battery.
With dual SIM support and Android 4.0 ICS, the Karbonn phablet could be a classified as a rival to the other products including the ones mentioned in the next slides. However, it is priced at Rs 10,990 and is awaiting its official release. May be the device could retail for the same specs and price, but there is no confirmation on the same from Karbonn Mobiles.
Micromax Superfone A110 Canvas 2
With the launch of Canvas A100, Micromax entered the phablet market only recently and within a couple of months, the company came with the successor of its first generation phablet with the launch of A110 Canvas 2.
As far as specs are concerned, A110 Canvas 2 features a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, 1GHz dual core processor, 8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera for video calling purposes, 4GB internal storage, 512MB, a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS with aGPS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi and 1,600 mAh Li-ion battery delivering 5 hours talk time and 174 hours standby. Canvas 2 is priced at Rs 9,999.
Intex Aqua 5.0
Intex Technologies has also jumped into the bandwagon as it has come up with Aqua 5.0 - an Android phablet priced at Rs 9,999.
Speaking of specs, Aqua 5.0 flaunts a 5 inch multi-touch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 ICS OS, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera for video calling, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB additional memory, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 2.0 and GPS and a 2,000 mAh battery.
Aircel has joined hands with Magicon Impex has launched a new range of dual SIM smartphones including Magicon M1, Magicon M2 and Magicon mNote at competitive price points.
Speaking of mNote, the phablet comes with a 5 inch Ultratouch touchscreen display, dual core 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP rear camera with LED flash, VGA front camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 2,000 mAh battery.
Priced at Rs 9,999, the phablet comnes packed with attractive voice and data plans from Aircel including 250 minutes talk time, 250 SMSes and 1 GB data for three months. The phones are come with a 4GB memory card and a warranty cover of 18 months.
Swipe Fablet F1 Tab
Swipe Telecom has launched a phablet dubbed as Fablet F1 Tab priced at Rs 8,990.
Fablet F1 Tab sports a 5 inch WVGA capacitive multi-touch display, 1GHz MediaTek MTK 6575 processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and 2,500 mAh battery.
Zync Cloud Z5
Zync, a budget tech manufacturer in India who is well known for the wide variety of Android 4.0 ICS based tablets of both 7 and 10 inch displays has now forayed the smartphone market with the Cloud Z5 phablet.
Priced at Rs 11,990, Cloud Z5 packs a 5 inch 5 point multi-touch LCD capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution, 1GHz processor, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, 8MP rear camera, a 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal storage, 512MB RAM, micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable storage, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, GPS and 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery.
Micromax Canvas A100
Measuring 142.2 x 72.6 x 11.9 mm, Micromax Canvas A100 sports a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. The handset runs on the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.
Further, A100 is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB.
Canvas A100 has connectivity features like Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, micro USB 2.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n. The smartphone is packed with a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery, which provides 180 hours standby and 5 hours talk time. Micromax A100 is available for a price of Rs 9,999.
Wicked Leak Wammy Note
Wammy Note houses a 5 inch Super HD capacitive touchscreen display with 480 x 800 pixels and is equipped with a 1GHz processor.
Wammy Note is flavored with the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and it has an 8MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 512MB Ram and 4GB internal storage, which can be expanded to 32GB through a micro SD card slot. Further, the smartphone has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.0 and micro USB 2.0 connectivity features.
The Wammy Note is loaded with a 2,500 mAh Li-ion battery, which provides 8 hours talk time and 260 hours standby. The smartphone is priced at Rs 11,000.
iBall Andi 5c
iBall Andi 5c sports a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. It is equipped with a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 5MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM.
The handset has a micro SD card slot, which supports up to 32GB expandable memory. Andi 5c is also flavored with the Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and it is packed with connectivity features like 3G, Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and micro USB 2.0.
The budget smartphone is priced at Rs 12,999 and is loaded with a 2,300 mAh Li-ion battery.
Kobian Mercury MaqiQ
MagiQ also sports a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and is equipped with a 1GHz single core ARMv7 processor.
Running on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, the MagiQ has a 12MP rear camera, 0.3MP front camera, 4GB internal memory, 512MB RAM and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB.
Like the other smartphones, MagiQ is also packed with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G and micro USB 2.0 connectivity features.
The device is loaded with a 2,200 mAh Li-ion battery, which offers 15 days standby and 13 hours talk time. Kobian Mercury MagiQ is priced at Rs 12,700.
Spice Stellar Horizon
Stellar Horizon aka Mi-500 also sports a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display. The handset is equipped with 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory and a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory.
Further, running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, the handset has a 5MP rear camera, VGA front camera and 2,150 mAh Li-ion battery.
As the other smartphones, the Stellar Horizon also has connectivity features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and micro USB 2.0. The handset will be priced at Rs 11,999.