Most Americans are very suspicious on the quality of products manufactured by little-known foreign companies. Of late, though, such companies as Chinese company Xiaomi and recently India’s Micromax is making an entry into the US market and in the process take advantage of the market’s crave for Android devices. We have seen that besides the high end specs of these devices, the companies also capitalize on their low costs of production to keep their prices competitive.
The newest news is that India’s Micromax will be launching two perfect Android gadgets that are touted to be a perfect balance between great pricing, snappy hardware and reliability. Sometimes it helps to keep your mind open about a product and not have preconceived notions about the quality and reliability of these devices – in my opinion these two superfones are pretty good and worth a look.
Micromax Superfone Pixel A90
Mini tablets, or phablets, were introduced not so long ago, but already they are gaining so much popularity because they combine the usability and productivity of tablets and the portability and affordability of phones. The Pixel A90 is an impressive phablet with a Mediatek 6577 1GHz Dual core processor, a 4.3 inch Super-AMOLED touchscreen with a 800 X 480 pixels resolution and an impressive 8MP rear camera. What is not so impressive is the 0.3MP front camera, only 512MB of RAM and only 1,600mAh battery.
The A90 comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will come with a pre-installed ‘Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant (AISHA) which works like Siri. The phone also comes with the standard smartphone features including microSD, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi and the not-so-standard dual SIM support.
This phone goes for Rs. 12,990 in India which translates to $235 but this seems a bit steep for the US market considering the competition and the fact that the name is not so prominent in the US market. We know Micromax will be bringing the phablet to the US market but we do not have the specific details about the marketing strategy they will use.
Micromax Superfone Canvas A100
Though ‘phablets’ are so common, finding an affordable phablet with specs to write home about isn’t so easy. Micromax may just save us from this predicament with their new Canvas A100 phone and tablet hybrid – a new Android device with decent features and decent pricing if you ask me.
Though the tablet cannot compete on the same level as Samsung Note 2, for a price of $180 without a contract I think it is worth looking at. The phablet is powered by a 1GHz dual core Mediatek 6577 processor, a 5 inch touchscreen with 854 X 480 pixels resolution, 512MB RAM, 4GB inbuilt memory with MicroSD card support for extra memory and a 2,000mAh battery. Other specs include a 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, a front 0.3MP camera and a rear 5MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi and GPS.
I admit, the specs are not so impressive, but for a company trying to make a name in a new market, you must admit it is a good way to lay the foundation.
What do you think about these new Android devices? Would you get one of them? Let us know what you think.