Twice the fun
By Adarsh Matham
10th February 2013 12:00 AM
Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (Rs 21,500)
Samsung brings some of the magic from its enormously popular and equally expensive Galaxy branded phones to the dual-SIM party with the Galaxy Grand Duos I9082. On the face of it, the Grand Duos looks similar to the Galaxy S3, and even shares some specifications with it like the 8-megapixel primary camera. But the comparisons end there, and we are left with a 5-inch capacitative touch screen, a 2-megapixel secondary camera, 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 64GB all powered by a 1.2GHz Dual Core processor and running the latest version of Android, 4.1 Jelly Bean. And, of course the biggest difference of all, the capacity to carry two GSM SIM cards.
XOLO X500 (Rs 8,999)
XOLO. No one would be talking about that company if not for the fact that the phones it is shipping now a days have a logo on the back. A logo that says ‘intel inside’ because they have Intel’s Atom processors. The X500, the dual SIM phone from XOLO, is a prime example of Intel’s foray into the smartphone space. The X500 runs on the 1.2GHz Intel Atom Processor with Hyper Threading and has a 400MHz Graphics Engine. All of this supports a 3.5-inch screen with IPS display, 4GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD slot and a 5-megapixel primary camera. The phone runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and has features like 1080p full HD video playback and burst mode for the camera.
Videocon A30 (Rs 7,699)
The last product that comes to mind when you hear the name Videocon is a mobile phone. But Videocon has been making some surprisingly well made phones lately, the latest addition to which is the A30. This sub-Rs 10,000, dual SIM phone can carry two GSM SIMs and has a 4-inch capacitative touch screen. The guts are filled with a 1GHz Dual Core Scorpion processor and it comes with a microSD slot with which you can expand the memory up to 32GB. On the back there is a 5-megapixel primary camera and on the front you will find a 0.3 megapixel camera for those Skype calls. And for that price it is one of the rare phones that runs Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich.
Nokia Asha 206 (Rs 3,599)
The 206 coming from Nokia’s economical Asha phone range aimed at India and Africa asks the important question, ‘why should only smartphones have all the dual-SIM fun?’ A throwback to the phones of the last decade, the Asha 206 brings to the table everything that you would expect from a Nokia product. Good build, beauty and usability. Along with the capability to run two GSM SIMs, you get a 1.3-megapixel primary camera, a 2.4-inch LCD screen, an alphanumeric keypad and a microSD slot which takes 32GB cards.
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