Dell has today announced a mid-range Android touchscreen handsets, the Dell XCD28 Smartphone in India which is powered by Android 2.1 OS, sporting 2.8-inch resistive touchscreen and offers 3G functionality for high speed internet access.
The Dell XCD28 smartphone is actually rebranded version of ZTE Racer smartphone (sold in UK and Europe market) and is competitively priced against similar featured Android smartphones in India eg. Samsung Galaxy 5 .
The Dell XCD28 is dual-band GSM network ready smartphone that is powered by Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz processor and runs Android 2.1 Eclair operating system that includes built-in Google Android Market access.
The XCD28 sports a 2.8-inch (similar to Samsung Galaxy 5) 256K colors 240 x 320 pixel TFT resistive touchscreen display not optimized for finger tapping/sliding requiring dedicated stylus input. The handset comes with 200MB internal memory and includes microSD memory card slot supporting up to 16GB expandable memory.
For data connectivity, the Dell XCD28 smartphone offers full range of options that includes GPRS, EDGE, 3G HDSPA 7.2Mbps connection, WiFi 802.11b/g wireless LAN, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP wireless connection and microUSB 2.0 port for wired connectivity.
Other hardware features includes FM radio with RDS, built-in GPS with A-GPS support and Google Maps, 3.2 megapixel autofocus camera with maximum 2048 x 1536 pixel still picture resolution and video recording capability. Strangely, there is no front facing camera for video calling.
Other features include JAVA MIDP 2.1 support, WAP, Audio player supporting MP4/H.264/H.263 files and video player supporting MP3/WAV/eAAC+ files, Document viewer for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and PDF files and access to Microsoft Email Exchange through Activesync.
The Dell XCD28 smartphone comes with Full HTML Android Webkit browser with Adobe Flash Lite support and Android Market gives users access to more than 100,000 apps and widgets, allowing users to freely customize the smartphone to their taste and liking.
Supporting SMS/MMS/EMS the Dell XCD28 Android smartphone also features Email software supporting corporate (Exchange), Gmail, IMAP, POP3, attachment and browser document viewer including Microsoft Office and pdf, HTML email composer.
Measuring 102x54x14.5mm and weighing 100 gms, the phone also offers IM application supporting AOL Instant Messenger, Windows Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger, and Google Talk. In addition, it comes with integrated Google search, Google Maps, Gmail, Google Talk, Google Calendar, and applications for Facebook and Twitter.
Price and Availability
The Dell XCD28 smartphone comes with 1100 mAh Li-Ion battery that offers upto 3 hrs of talk time and 200 hrs of standby time on 2G network and would be available for Rs. 10,990 and like Dell range of laptops in India, as a first in the Indian market for smartphones at these price points, Dell XCD28 comes with one year Advanced Exchange Warranty that assures users with an immediate replacement option if faced with any hardware issue with their Dell smart phone.
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