Spice announces new Stellar Android series, 5-inch, dual-core at Rs. 12,000
| by Karan Shah |
Spice, has announced their first ever range of ‘Secure Android’ smartphones in Delhi. This new range of smartphones is launched under the name ‘Spice Stellar’ and will come with 3 products with varied screen sizes – 3.5 inch, 4-inch and 5-inch. The Stellar range offers ‘Security’, as the unique proposition, which promises protection against virus/data loss/theft/financial security for customers. Present at the launch were Mr. Kunal Ahooja, Global Head-devices S Mobility Limited and Mr. Calvin Cai, GM-Overseas Business Development and Partnership, NQ Mobile. The first one, Spice Stellar has been launched while the other two, the Spice Stellar Horizon and the Spice Stellar Craze will be launching later this month.
Spice Stellar, launched today, runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is upgradable to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS). It runs on a 1GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has a 4.0-inch touchscreen, which is the first of its kind in this price range. The smartphone also boasts of a 2000 mAh battery which provides a backup that lasts up to 7 hours of talk time and up to 120 hours standby. Currently, smartphones run on fast processors and have a lot of applications around them but do not have long lasting batteries to support them. The handset also packs in a 5 megapixel autofocus shooter, along with a front camera to support video calls. Given the features, the latest handset from Spice’s smartphone stable will be available at a price tag of Rs. 9,999.
The Stellar, the Craze and the Horizon
Coming soon will be the Spice Stellar Horizon, which will have a 5-inch touchscreen bundled with Android 4.0 ICS. It packs in a 1 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a dedicated 300 MHz GPU for the game heads. It possesses a 5MP auto focus camera with a 0.3MP front camera supporting video calling. Other key features, include Dual-Sim capability, GPS/ AGPS, Wi- Fi Tethering and a big battery life amongst others. The Spice Stellar Horizon will be available at a price of Rs. 11,999 and will hit the retail market by the end of this month.
The other handset that will be coming soon is the Spice Stellar Craze that offers a 3.5-inch touchscreen, 800 MHz processor and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS. The Spice Stellar Craze will be hitting the retail market by end of this month and will be available at a price of Rs. 6,499.
To address mobile data security concerns, Spice has entered into an association with NQ Mobile, one of the leaders in mobile security solutions space with its headquarters co-located in China & USA and operating in more than 150 countries, to provide security software solutions in all Android devices of Spice. The solution is very critical in today’s environment, since there are numerous threats in terms of malwares, which can steal user’s data, banking information, or simply make the phone sluggish.
The solutions offered will include an Antivirus that will provide real-time protection from malicious Internet threats and also offers flexibility for the user to set a schedule for regular scans of data in the device as well as SD card. Also in the security stable is a Network Manager giving access to data like Traffic, setting monthly data transfer limit. Other features, include Anti-Theft and Vault- privacy lock for following apps like, Photos, Videos, SMS and Call Logs & Secret Contacts. The users can update the virus/malware database for a period of six months absolutely free. The Spice Stellar comes packed with 1 year of free data plan as well.
S Mobility has entered into partnership with Aircel, one of the 3G telecom operators in the country for its Spice Stellar series of devices. As part of this partnership the consumer is eligible for 100 MB data free per month for a period of 1 year without any additional conditions. The handsets will be available across India through more than 50,000 retail points, including the 750+ Spice HotSpot retail network.
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