California-based Swipe Telecom has launched an Android smartphone-tablet-hybrid in partnership with MTV India. Dubbed as the MTV Volt, the device is priced at Rs. 12,999. It's safe to say that this is the third such device in the market that will be competing head on with the recently launched Byond Phablet PIII
and the Karbonn A30
Measuring 158.5x88.6x11.3mm and weighing in at 239 grams, the Swipe MTV Volt has a white velvet body with a textured back. It boasts a huge 6-inch (854x480 pixels) capacitive 5-point multi-touch display.
Unlike its competitors, which come with Android 4.0, the device runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The device comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera too.
Under the hood, this beast is powered by a 1GHz dual-core MTK 6577 processor with 512MB DDR3 RAM. There's 4GB of internal storage that can be expandable by another 32GB via microSD card. The device also has an inbuilt TV-player that offers on-the-go access to MTV and also features FM Radio with FM Transmitter.
"MTV VOLT is a 'made to order' product for the generation that's constantly communicating, entertaining and socializing. With features that address their needs and price-point that suits their pockets, we're confident about MTV VOLT by Swipe, to generate a great response," Sandeep Dahiya, senior vice president and business head - consumer products - Viacom18, said.
He further added, "We have a two year licencing deal with Swipe and we will introduce 8-12 devices ranging from phones to phablets to tablets in the price range of Rs 6,000 to Rs 20,000."
The MTV Volt supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) functionality and comes with a 3,200mAh battery claiming anywhere between 8 to 10 hours of talk time. The device boasts connectivity options like WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0 EDGE and GPS and also comes with an additional navigator flap cover.
The device will be available across multiple retail outlets in India, the Swipe e-store and with leading online portals as well.
Shripal Gandhi, founder and chief executive of Swipe Telecom said."We are in a category with a tremendous aspirational value. The MTV Volt promises to be a perfect muse for tech enthusiasts of 'generation next'. In partnership with MTV, we will be launching an array of revolutionary products over the next few quarters, which will be truly disruptive."
MTV had launched two devices under a similar partnership with Micromax three years ago namely the Micromax MTV X505 Psych and the Micromax MTV X360. It sold 2.3 lakh units of the two phones.Swipe MTV Volt key specifications
- 6-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive 5-point multi-touch display
- 1GHz dual-core MTK 6577 processor
- 512MB DDR3 RAM
- 4GB of internal storage, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
- 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash,
- 1.3-megapixel front camera
- 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
- Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) dual standby
- 3200 mAh battery
- Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
- Measures 158.5x88.6x11.3mm
- Weighs 239 grams