Saturday, July 9, 2011

Spice Mi-410

Okay, so after months and months of no word at all, Spice Mobiles decided to launch the Huawei Ideos X6, re-branded as the Mi-410 in India. Although the Spice Mobiles website quotes the price at Rs. 17,999/- it is available online from the recently launched Spice web store, Saholic, for Rs. 13,999/- We’ve asked around in a few Spice Hotspot stores and they quote prices as low as Rs. 13,800/- for the Mi-410. When Spice Mobiles launched the Mi-300 nearly a year ago, we reviewed it and felt that it was perfectly priced for a budget Android smartphone – below Rs. 10,000/- Spice Mobiles seems to be hitting that pricing sweet spot once again with the Spice Mi-410 – below Rs. 14,000/- for a top of the line Android phone. For some highlights of this phone and a full list of specifications, head past the “Read more” link.

The highlights of this phone which make it an unbelievable buy at this price-point are:

  • Processor – Same one as the high-end Xperia Play and Xperia Arc from Sony Ericsson
  • 2 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM
  • 4.1 inch display
  • 720p video recording
  • HDMI output

Specifications:

  • 1 Ghz Qualcomm MSM 8255, with Adreno 205 GPU
  • HSPA+ (14.4 Mbps download/ 5.76 Mbps upload)
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n with DLNA
  • 5 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 0.3 MP front-facing camera
  • Stereo FM radio, A-GPS, Bluetooth
  • 1500 mAh battery
  • All the goodness that Android 2.2 Froyo brings

Finally, if you feel quite in the mood to void your warranty and live on the wild side, you could follow these instructions from AndroidOS.in to install a genuine, original 2.3 Gingerbread build on the phone (Remember, this could adversely affect your phone – do not try it unless you know what you are doing)

8 comments:

JonesSandy said...

Could you please compare:

Samsung Galaxy S LCD I9003, Samsung Google Nexus S & LG Optimus Black

like earlier times

Samuel Schwartz said...

Good to see you back guys! Looking forward to more articles! :-)

Samuel Schwartz said...

Btw, I lost my Samsung Galaxy 551 (the one you hate for the resolution ;) ). Looking to buy Samsung Sidekick 4g. Any thoughts on this model?

The Indian Geek said...

Working on it...

The Indian Geek said...

As far as we know, that's a specific model for T-Mobile US, which uses different 3G bands. We doubt that the ones selling in India are official...

Depending on your budget, we'd suggest you look at the Google Nexus S (20k on Flipkart.com) or the HTC Wildfire S (13.4k)/Samsung Galaxy Ace(around 15k)/Motorola Defy (under 15k).

The Indian Geek said...

Thanks!

Samuel Schwartz said...

Thanks for the suggestions :-). The Nexus S and Defy are quite tempting with their specs, but I'm looking for one with a physical keypad, instead of a touch screen keypad. Somehow, I'm unable to come to terms with typing on glass :-). I was thinking of getting an unlocked Samsung Sidekick 4g from the US. Once it's unlocked it can work on any network in India, right?

The Indian Geek said...

If you really want Android on a physical keyboard, might we suggest that you wait for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro? It's got a seriously high-end processor (the same one in the Xperia Play/Xperia Arc), dual cameras, HVGA screen and other goodies that place it in the upper mid-range segment.

As far as the Sidekick is concerned, T-Mobile USA uses the AWS bands for 3G. From our technical knowledge, those are not the bands supported in India, which means it would work here - but you won't get 3G. However, we could be wrong.

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