The handsets, named Rio London, Rio Paris, and Rio New York, are now exclusively available at Snapdeal. The Rio London (R201) smartphone is priced at Rs. 3,399, the Rio Paris (R301) is priced at Rs. 4,399, while the Rio New York R501 is priced at Rs. 4,999. The company in a press statement announced that the Rio Mobile will be promoted by TriStar Products, a beauty accessory company, in India.
(Also see: Rio London vs. Rio Paris vs. Rio New York)
Both the Rio London and Rio Paris smartphones share some common specifications. They are both powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek (MT6572) processor coupled with 512MB of RAM. Both Android 4.4.2 KitKat-based smartphones come with dual-SIM support.
Notably, both the new budget smartphones also support 3G connectivity, one of the highlights of the handsets at the price point. Apart from 3G, other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB. Both also sport a 5-megapixel rear camera with flash and 2-megapixel front camera. Both the Rio London and Rio Paris smartphones come with 4GB inbuilt storage that's further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).
There are few differences however, such as the Rio London features a 4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixels) display while the Rio Paris features a 4.5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) IPS display. The Rio London packs a 1500mAh battery while the Rio Paris packs a 1700mAh battery.
The Rio New York, on the other hand, is a phablet featuring 5-inch FWVGA (480x854 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek (MT6582) coupled with 512MB of RAM. The dual-SIM based Rio New York sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash while also including a 2-megapixel front-facing camera onboard. It packs a 2000mAh battery and includes 4GB of inbuilt storage expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, 3G, GPS/ A-GPS, and Micro-USB.
Commenting on the launch, Adnan Kidwai, Co-founder and Director, Rio Mobile said, "Rio Mobile is here to make waves and we are delighted to launch a range of three feature rich and affordable smartphones in association with Snapdeal. The aesthetically designed smartphones - Rio New York R501, Rio Paris R301 and Rio London R201 are characterized by style and simplicity, combining functionality with high performance."
Tony Navin, Senior Vice President, Electronics and Home, Snapdeal.com said, "The affordable smartphone market is booming in India and Rio Mobile is debuting with standout devices in their respective price points."