If recent budget smartphone announcements have been kinda dodgy and “cloudy” of late (as in offering Androids in late-2011 still running the antiquated Android 2.1 Eclair), a new Netphone model from SMART running Android 2.3 Gingerbread may be just what the gadget doctor ordered.
Online now on SMART’s website is a preorder form for the Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone edition (which is rumored to be referred to as the Netphone 50-something or whatever, hot on the heels of the first Netphone model, the 701). Pricing is said to be in the range of P 5,990, around P4,000 cheaper than the first model.
Despite the low low price, the new Netphone boasts of some pretty decent specs, according to the specification list of the Galaxy Y posted on the GSM Arena site.
- Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
- 832 Mhz processor
- 1600×1200 pixel camera
- HSDPA 7.2 Mbps
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
- 1200 mAh Lithium Io battery
And of course that famous Samsung build quality. Click here for full phone specifications.
I’d suggest you bookmark the “Get Netphone” page for more announcements.
SMART’s Netphone strategy has already intended to be based on more than just a single device, so expect Netphones to run the gamut from entry level devices to variations of high end smartphones. But underlying all this is an ecosystem built around a platform called Smartnet which brings to smartphones access to operator-specific APIs and Smart resources.
Put another way, the recent launch of the Amazon Kindle Fire shows the power of the an integrated ecosystem wrapped around a device. Smartnet is something similar, but in the mobile operator space.
That’s a pretty clear proposition, nothing cloudy about that at all.