Saturday 27 August 2011

Samsung Launches Three Dual-SIM Phones.

Samsung has launched three dual-SIM handsets: Star II DUOS (C6712), Metro DUOS (C3322), and Metro C3752. These phones take the number of phones in Samsung's dual-SIM kitty to 14. The Samsung Star II DUOS (C6712) aims to deliver the quality and style associated with the STAR series with a 3.2" capacitive touchscreen using the Touchwiz 3.0 interface. It features widgets, expandable home screens, Quick Panel and QuickType, which is usually found in higher end smartphones of this series. Connectivity to social networks is available using Social Hub, which integrates social network and mail contacts with their current status on the phonebook. Internet connectivity is also available via Wi-Fi. This phone comes with a 3.2 MP camera, Bluetooth 3.0, and a SoundAlive feature to produce 3D effects in the audio. With 30 MB of internal storage, there is provision to add a memory card with up to 16 GB capacity. The 1200 mAh battery claims to provide a talk time of up to 10 hours, and a standby time of up to 550.

The second phone is the Metro DUOS, which comes in a candy-bar form factor with a classic metal design. Targeted at people who want a rich multimedia and internet device with social networking features, but don't want to spend much, this phone features a 2.2" screen, and weighs just 89 grams. It sports multimedia options such as MP3 player, FM radio, and a 2 MP camera. There are native clients to access FB and Twitter, and popular IMs such as Yahoo, MSN, GTalk, and FB Chat. In addition to Push Messaging support for Yahoo and MSN, it supports Push Mail through Activesync. The 1000 mAh battery claims to provide a talk time of up to 10 hours and a standby time of up to 660.

For those of you who want a little more than what that the C3322 has on offer, but in a smaller form factor, the Metro C3752 is an ideal candidate. This phone is a slider with a 2.4" screen and a 3 MP camera. It has all the features of the C3322 with support for additional 8 regional languages. With an in-built memory of 40 MB, it can accommodate a microSD card with a capacity of up to 16 GB.

All these phones support dual-SIM standby, which means that while one SIM is busy, the other cannot be dialed into or used in any way. Also, none of these phones support 3G, because the target audience is different. The Samsung Star II DUOS (C6712), Metro DUOS (C3322), and Metro C3752 are available at MRPs of Rs 6920, Rs 4240, and Rs 5270 respectively.

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