Datawind the makers of Aakash tablets have now entered the smartphone domain by launching 3 news handsets namely the Datawind PocketSurfer 5X, PocketSurfer 5C+ and PocketSurfer 3G5. The pricings start from Rs. 3,499.
Surprisingly I got a call from Datawind, yesterday asking if I got the tablet, well I did book the tablet when it was first announced (the Aakash Tablet if you may recall), it was via a simple form and was expecting Datawind to call back, well they really did. But unfortunately I could not recall when I had booked and when I had given up. They did try to convince me that the tabs has upgraded etc, etc, but I was really not interested.
And now since Datawind has entered the smartphone domain, I guess they are calling all those people showed some interest in the Aakash tablet. The Datawind PocketSurfer 5X is the cheapest of the lot with a price tag of Rs. 3,499.
The 5X, a dual SIM handset comes with 5 inch resistive screen with 400×240 pixels resolution. It is powered by 1GHz processor. Other features are front camera (VGA), Bluetooth, FM radio and runs on Linux OS. It is a way outdated technology and for the price you get better handsets running Android OS with capacitive screen.
The PocketSurfer 5C+ is (thankfully) running on Android ICS OS with a 5 inch 800×480 pixels screen. It is dual SIM and powered by 1GHz single core cortex A9 processor. There is 2MP rear camera, front VGA camera, Wi-Fi, FM radio and Bluetooth. 3G is not supported; you can use 2G networks (EDGE). The 5C+ is priced at Rs. 4,499.
PocketSurfer 3G5 is powered by 1.2GHz dual core and comes with 5 inch 800×480 pixels capacitive screen. The handset runs on Jelly Bean 4.2. Key features are 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and Wi-Fi. There is 5MP primary camera and VGA secondary camera. 3G5 is priced at Rs. 6,499.
I don’t think anyone would be interested in these handsets, the technology is outdated and there are much better options available in the market for the same price.