Looks like this is the week for budget smartphone launches. Videocon is the latest to launch their entry-level Android smartphone in the sub-5k segment. With the launch of Videocon A24, the smartphone maker has intensified the entry-level smartphone war in India.
Videocon A24 is a dual-SIM device which comes with Android Jelly Bean version 4.2.2. For a device in the sub Rs 5000 segment, Videocon has definitely managed to win us over by providing the latest (Jelly Bean 4.3 is still not in vogue) OS for the entry-level phone. Although we are doubtful of the phone getting any more upgrades, getting Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box compensates for it all!
On the specifications front, Videocon A24 comes with a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touch-screen. The display is basic as the phone is a budget offering. Once again, by offering a 4-inch device, Videocon has managed to provide a decent screen-size in a budget price. The display and the OS are definitely not a disappointment when it comes to Videocon A24.
Under the hood runs a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. Another surprise as most entry-level Androids stick to single core processors. The dual-core offering is definitely the icing on the cake.
However, it is not all roses and peaches. There definitely is a catch and as you might have guessed, the catch is the internal memory and RAM. Videocon A24 comes with 512 MB internal memory and 256 MB RAM. Wave goodbye to anything other than basic app downloads. The entire purpose of a dual-core processor is lost thanks to the low RAM and internal memory. The memory can be increased to an additional 32 GB but the RAM still stays the same.
The phone comes with a decent 3.2 MP rear end camera and also a front camera for video-calling. Videocon A24 comes with the usual connectivity options and 1450 mAh battery.
Talking at the launch of Videocon A24, Mr. Khalid Zamir, Head Product Planning and Development, Videocon Mobile Phones Division said, “The Videocon A24 brings in an easy to use yet efficient smartphone experience to consumers who might be looking for their first smartphone. A simple and intuitive layout engages the consumers with the device and brings to them various vistas which help them to make the most of their Android smartphone experience.”
Priced at Rs 4699, the phone is definitely a show-stealer in the sub Rs 5k segment.