Videocon on Wednesday launched the Cube 3 smartphone in India, featuring a panic button that was recently made mandatory by the government to include in both smartphones and feature phones. The 4G VoLTE-enabled Videocon Cube 3 has been priced at Rs. 8,490, and will available from offline stores in the country.
The company says that with the launch, it will be introducing the panic button across its entire portfolio. The panic button is found inside the SOS-Be Safe app, which according to Videocon uses the power button as a panic button to send out an SOS alert to pre-registered numbers in an emergency.
The SOS-Be Safe also offers features like Alert, Walk with Me, and Reach on Time. Users can trigger these features from their smartphone's status bar and set security preferences like time, distance and contacts. The app makes the use of GPS to provide a map view of nearby police stations and hospitals for any critical situation.
Getting back to the launch, the dual-SIM supporting Videocon Cube 3 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5-inch HD (720x1280 pixel) IPS display with 2.5D curved glass and Dragontrail X protection. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC, coupled with 3GB of RAM.
The Videocon Cube 3 bears a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash and PDAF, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with LED flash. The smartphone comes with 32GB of inbuilt storage that's expandable via microSD card. In terms of connectivity options, it offers 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, FM radio, a 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB. The smartphone is powered by a 3000mAh battery.
Speaking on the launch, Akshay Dhoot, Head - Technology and Innovation, Videocon, said, "Videocon Smartphone is a consumer-first brand aiming to create indigenous devices, matching up the growing needs of consumers and smartphone eco-system in the country. Smart devices packed with powerful and utility led features are shaping the consumer aspirations and industry growth. With smartphones impacting our lives in many ways, emergency response system or panic button is certainly the need of the hour. We welcome the recent provision by government for devices with emergency response facilities as it will provide a new direction for the industry to empower smartphone users. We are confident that our latest Cube 3 handset featuring 'SOS-Be Safe' will assist smartphone users during different kind of emergency situations and enhance consumer experience."