Olive Telecom Launches OliveSmart V-S300 Android 2.3 Smartphone

Olive Telecom Launches OliveSmart V-S300 Android 2.3 Smartphone

One of the reasons that Nokia decided to partner with Microsoft to embed Windows Phone 7 into future Nokia handsets was this: there's too big a risk for phones to become "commoditized" with Android. In other words, Android phones are a dime a dozen, and just about anyone can build one. Nokia simply didn't want to become "one of the crowd," as the Nokia label just means too much. We can understand that, and it actually makes a lot of sense for the company.

But Olive Telecom is in a different situation. They're making the most of having the opportunity to produce an Android phone, with the OliveSmart V-S300 being the first Indian HSPA+ Android Gigerbread smartphone. The phone's no slouch. It'll ship with Qualcomm's Snapdragon MSM8255 processor and Android 2.3. That's the same OS that is shipping on the Nexus S, and it's one of only a few phones we have heard of with that build of Android on it.

There's a 4.1" multi-touch display, a 1GHz processor, Adreno 205 graphics engine, 3G HSPA+ connectivity, Wi-Fi, a 5MP camera (with flash and auto-focus), a front-facing camera, accelerometer, proximity sensor, Bluetooth 2.1, 32GB of expandable memory and a 1400mAh battery.


Launching the device, Mr Arun Khanna, Chairman, Olive Telecom said, "We are pleased to introduce a breakthrough convergence device which is more than a conventional smartphone and offers cutting edge services that will appeal to generation-Y. This Android phone promises to be a game-changer with its rich looks and advanced features like 3G HSPA+, Android Gingerbread, Adobe Flash (10.1), DLNA, HD video and surround sound. With our sizeable R&D investments in the Olive Convergence range of mobile computing and communication devices, we are well-positioned to compete with the world's leading brands."

The OliveSmart V-S300 is being launched in the Indian market at a price less than Rs 20000/-, but it's unclear if this phone will ever ship elsewhere (possibly as a white-label device). Another Android 2.3 phone would be a welcome addition to the market, that's for sure.

Olive Telecom Launches OliveSmart V-S300 - the First Indian HSPA+ Android Gingerbread Smartphone

Introduces a Breakthrough Smartphone on Aircel a leading telecom player with Pan India Operations, Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon MSM8255 Processor, that offers Best-in-Class 3G Speeds

Gurgaon, Haryana, February 9, 2011 /India PRwire/ -- Olive Telecom, the leading Indian convergence device developer, in association with Aircel today announced the launch of the first Indian HSPA+ smartphone - the OliveSmart V-S300. Powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ MSM8255™ processor and Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS, the OliveSmart V-S300 delivers the best-in-class 3G experience that will appeal to India's youth and young professionals.

This Android phone blends unmatched performance in an ultra slim body at 9.9 mm with a 4.1" multi-touch capcitive touch-screen, 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 processor, Adreno™205 graphics engine, 3G HSPA+ and Wi-Fi connectivity. In addition, it features a 5 megapixel camera with flash and auto-focus, front camera, accelerometer, proximity sensor Bluetooth v2.1, 32 GB expandable memory and a 1400mAh battery backup.

Launching the device, Mr Arun Khanna, Chairman, Olive Telecom said, "We are pleased to introduce a breakthrough convergence device which is more than a conventional smartphone and offers cutting edge services that will appeal to generation-Y. This Android phone promises to be a game-changer with its rich looks and advanced features like 3G HSPA+, Android Gingerbread, Adobe Flash (10.1), DLNA, HD video and surround sound. With our sizeable R&D investments in the Olive Convergence range of mobile computing and communication devices, we are well-positioned to compete with the world's leading brands."

"Qualcomm is pleased to work with Olive Telecom and Aircel to launch the first 3G HSPA+ smartphone by an Indian brand," said Kanwalinder Singh, President of Qualcomm India and South Asia and senior vice president of Qualcomm. "Powered by Qualcomm's second generation Snapdragon mobile processor, OliveSmart packs GHz processing power with a high performance graphics engine and crystal clear HD voice; and offers blazing fast HSPA+ wireless speeds that utilizes best-in-class 3G HSPA+ networks in India. Qualcomm is committed to the success of the Indian brands with 3G and will continue to work with its customers to bring world-class experiences to Indian smartphone users."

Mr. Gurdeep Singh, COO, Aircel, said, "Aircel is delighted to enter into a Preferred Partnership with Olive wherein Olive Customers will enjoy exclusive data plans and a rich bouquet of content and value added services. This alliance reinforces our drive to grow Smart Device penetration on our Smart Network."

The OliveSmart boasts a whole range of advanced services like Digital compass, Google Maps, Live TV and E-book reader along with other innovative features that include smooth texting, push e-mail, web browsing, wireless connectivity, multi-touch interface, social networking, 3.5 mm Audio Jack, Monster entertainment, 'Feel the Music', etc.

The OliveSmart V-S300 is being launched in the Indian market at a price less than Rs 20000/-
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Ah... interesting... I hadnt heard of olive at all... then as i continued reading, it made sense, its in India.

The indian cellular service market is HUGE. Talk about competition, there are like 40 different cell phone companies. In fact, it is cheaper to own a cell phone there than it is to get a landline... No lies, all fact.

Most services have plans that are like 1 rupee/ minute, and if you get a call from someone using the same provider as you, they give you back a little bit of money.... that happening overhere in north america? never!

1rupee per minute is about 2 cents Cad/US / minute.

Oh, and 20,000 rupees is about $450 Cad/US... which i think is a fair price for a device of that calibre, though i cant say if it'll be reliable yet.

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