BSNL has presented four new models in association with Pantel Technologies Private Limited (PTPL) that is headquartered in Noida. The models that correlate to international ones are made more attractive for the common man due to BSNL’s support besides their special offers.
Smart look. Competitive price. The device suits those ignorant of or not in need of technical advancements. BSNL has introduced phones in four categories at cheaper rates – Phablet, Smartphone, Tablet and Feature phone in coordination with PTPL.
Make a phone call, send an SMS, listen to music, watch a video on a bigger screen… besides access to the Internet. If you don’t care much about speed and display quality, then this phone is not a bad choice, especially considering its price. Pantel calls it the ‘Aam Aadmi’ (common man) phone. Their cheapest phone that still has features worth the money is the Penta Bharath PF300 feature phone.
The 3-inch display phone has dual-SIM facility. The price is INR 1,799. It also has a 1.3 MP pixel camera and is powered by an 1800 mAh battery that allows 8 hours of talk time and 360 hours of standby time. It is supported by 64MB RAM and 64MB of internal storage. The Java-enabled feature phone lets the user listen to music and download games. It allows internet browsing facilities including Email and Facebook. The user can also record the local FM radio from the phone.
The feature phone comes pre-bundled with 1,200 minutes of free calls from BSNL, that is, 100 minutes of talk-time free every month for 12 months. The PentaSmart PS650 with 6.5-inch display is the biggest phablet available in the Indian market. It costs INR 7,999. It resembles the Gionee Elife E6 model. The body is plastic-made. Yet it only has a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels and RAM of 512 MB.
It is powered by 1.2GHz A7 Dual-Core Processor and has 4GB internal storage. The rear camera is 2 MP and front camera is 0.3 MP. The battery efficiency is comparatively better. The company claims that its 2500 mAh battery gives 100 hours of standby time. The device comes with 3GB of 3G data and 300 minutes of free talk time on the BSNL network. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.
The third model PentaSmart PS501 too uses the same operating system. Unlike the PS650, the 5-inch display PentaSmart PS501 has dual-SIM facility. The processor, RAM and memory are similar to the previous model. However it’s memory can be increased by 32 GB with the microSD card.
Screen resolution is 480 X 854 pixel and it resembles the Samsung Galaxy S-2 in looks. The main camera is 5 MP and for video calling it has a 0.3 MP font camera. The company provides 15GB Cloud storage and pre-loaded anti-virus protection. The device comes with 3GB of 3G data and 300 minutes of free talk time for six months on the BSNL network. However the batter is only 1800 mAh. Pantel says that the PentaSmart PS501 uses ‘Cool 3D’ technology to take 3D pictures and videos. It has an MRP of INR 6,999.
The model PentaT-Pad WS 707C from the tablet series was announced in February. It’s modified version has now been unveiled. The device that has voice call facility has been priced at INR 6,999. The 7-inch display tablet is more or less similar to the PS501 model in offers and facilities. The devices will begin reaching its customers from this week onwards through TV channel partner HomeShop18. Pantel’s websites say that they have service centres in all major cities in Kerala, including Kozhikode. However the specifications indicate that the company mainly targets common people in North India.