Shayne RanaAug 02, 2007 18:45:00 IST
Samsung is yet again in the news; the only difference is, this time we know their newest mobile is on our shores. The Samsung Duo is a world mobile in a very literal sense. The reason for its name is due to the fact that it supports both GSM and CDMA technology. Yup! That’s right. You can have two Sim cards in the Duo and you have options for 2 GSM cards or 2 CDMA cards or even one of each.
The phone is available off the rack and mainly through TATA Indicom who is the service provider partnering with Samsung for CDMA. Although it may look like a regular Samsung slider, it’s not a slider at all. I fact it’s a touch screen Smart phone with a 2.2-inch hybrid TFT display. It’s also equipped with a 1.3 megapixel camera with 10X digital zoom and video recording.
It’s also a business phone that supports document files in excel, word and PDF formats in read only though. For messaging, it has 3 options viz an ‘ABCD’ keyboard or a normal mobile phone keypad and of course since it uses handwriting recognition software, you can just scribble it in. The phone also supports Bluetooth with A2DP compatibility. The Duo has 10MB of internal memory and can support a 1GB external memory, microSD card. It doesn’t support WAP when using a GSM provider.
The Samsung Duo also has an MP3/AAC+ player and supports video in MPEG4. There’s no radio unfortunately. This phone is directed at the religious Indian as well. Why? Because it has an inbuilt Indian calendar which lists all the festivals, dates and important occasions. It also has a Panchang feature for auspicious/inauspicious times during a day. You can also set a daily Aarti that’s also embedded into the phone’s technology that’s correlated with the day of the specific Indian deity.
The Samsung Duo is out and was launched in Mumbai today. It’s available at a price of Rs. 11,999 not including the Indicom Sim. TATA Indicom is also offering special plans with customers who decide to switch services.
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