Dell launches two 3G enabled Android 2.1 smartphones in India

By Abhinav Lal
Dell launches two 3G enabled Android 2.1 smartphones in India

Dell, who introduced their first phone/tablet earlier this year (Dell Streak), has now decided to enter the Indian market in a big way by catering to more than just high-end smartphone customers, and will be offering two 3G-ready Android 2.1 devices to low and mid-end smartphone customers.

Competing with such phones as the HTC Wildfire, LG Optimus One P500, Motorola Backflip, Samsung Galaxy 3 and Galaxy 5, Dell’s offering are rebranded Chinese phones thought to be manufactured by ZTE. They are named the XCD28 (aka ZTE Racer) and XCD35 (aka ZTE Blade). The former, priced at Rs. 10,990, is available in markets now. The XCD35 will only be arriving by December though, and will be priced at Rs. 16,990.

[RELATED_ARTICLE]Some features have been added on to cater to the Indian masses, including FM radio and Microsoft Exchange. Speaking on the occasion of the launch, Dell India’s Mahesh Balla commented:

“With today’s launch, we extend [our] pioneering edge to the smartphones market... as starting with the XCD series, we look to offer technology solutions to a much larger audience. In the fast growing Indian mobile market, this will allow more and more younger generation and mobile professionals to access a rich browsing and multimedia experience, backed with the assurance of an uncompromising, market-leading service support…We chose to launch the new XCD range of smartphones first in India to offer a complete portfolio of Dell mobile Internet products in all screen sizes.”

In related news, it's rumoured that Dell is coming out with a new version of its Dell Streak phone/tablet in May 2011. Called Opus One, it will supposedly sport Android Froyo, a 5-inch 1280x800 resolution screen, and a 1.2GHz dual core processor.

Check out more detailed specifications of the XCD28 and XCD35 below:


2.8-inch (QVGA) resistive touchscreen

3.5-inch (800x480) capacitive touchscreen


200MB internal, expandable up to 16GB via microSD

512MB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD

3G speeds
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
HSDPA 7.2Mbps
FM radio
FM radio
WiFi, Bluetooth
WiFi, Bluetooth
Rs. 10,990
Rs. 16,990


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