Huawei is going to introduce low cost Android phones priced between Rs 4,000 and Rs 6,000.
Chinese handset maker Huawei is planning to launch low cost Android phones priced between Rs 4,000 and Rs 6,000.
While talking to The Mobile Indian, Anand Narang, marketing and solutions director at Huawei, said, "Apart from the high end phones and tablets like Vision and Mediapad, we will also be launching low cost Android devices along with few other feature phones for the Indian market. These Android phones will not have 3G connectivity but will have all the other features of a typical Android phone including capacitive touch screen."
He added: "3G is in initial growth stage and we still see growth in EDGE, So we decided to introduce some low cost phones without 3G (with EDGE only) to tap this growth segment and in turn reduce the price of the handsets."
These low cost Android phones, to be launched in the next three months, will have all the other features including radio, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS, and will make sense for many users who find 3G services and smartphones too costly.
One of the potential phones could be the Huawei u8110, which has a 2.8 inch screen and is currently based on Android 2.1, and we expect the Indian version to have Android 2.2.
The price point that Huawei is looking at is currently served by high end feature phones with Qwerty or touch keypads, and with 3G in a few and WiFi in most.
It will be interesting to see what Huawei comes up with. The product has to be good quality as there are a lot of good feature phones currently in the market from well established players like Nokia and Samsung.
Currently, the cheapest Android device is Spice Mi270, which doesn't have 3G either, but has all the other features. However, it has not been able to sell in numbers that would please Spice (now S Mobility).
Huawei Honor Play 5X comes in two versions – one with 2GB RAM and the other with 3GB RAM.
The high-end Nexus 6P was announced for the Indian market earlier this month at a price tag of Rs 39,999 (32GB) and Rs 42,999 (64 GB).
The discounts are applicable on the latest smartphones including the recently launched Honor 7 and others like Honor 6 Plus, Honor 6, Honor Holly, Honor 4X, Honor 4C and Honor Bee smartphones.
Huawei was expected to unveil Huawei Honor Play 5X but instead it has lunched Huawei Enjoy 5X.
Other smartphones under Honor brand like Honor 6Plus, Honor 6 and Honor 4X will also be getting the Android 6.0 update by March.
A new teaser has been posted by Huawei on its official Weibo account.
Reportedly, the Honor 7 might compete against the likes of OnePlus 2 which is priced at Rs 24,999 and will be available via Flipkart exclusively.
Huawei has no plans to give up its online selling model but is planning to join hands with offline players.
In the US market, the Nexus 5X has been listed for $379 (approx. Rs 25,000) and the Nexus 6P at $499 (approx. Rs 32,800).
The upcoming Honor 5X has been spotted on the Chinese certification agency TENAA.