Indian smartphone maker Micromax has announced the launch of its 4G VoLTE feature phone, dubbed as Bharat 1. The device has been developed by Micromax in collaboration with state run Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL).
The Micromax Bharat 1 is aimed at competing with the JioPhone from Reliance Jio and Karbonn A40 Indian that has been developed in partnership between Karbonn and Airtel. The Bharat 1 has been priced at Rs. 2,200 and will be available from October 20 from retail stores across the country.
The Micromax Bharat 1, which has been tagged by the company as “Desh ka 4G phone” comes with a plan of Rs. 97 from BSNL under which users will get unlimited free voice calls and unlimited high speed data. The users will get 5GB 4G data after which they will be able to surf at a speed of 80Kbps.
Micromax Bharat 1 Features
The Micromax Bharat 1 features a 2.4 inch QVGA display with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels. The device is powered by a dual core 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 205 mobile platform with Adreno 304 GPU.
In terms of memory, the device comes with 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal storage which can be further expanded using a microSD card. The device comes with dual SIM card slots and you can use SIM cards of any operator.
The Micromax Bharat 1 comes with a 2MP primary camera along with a 0.3MP VGA front camera. The device comes with support for 22 Indian languages and gives users access to 100 Live TV channels.
The device is powered by a 2,000mAh battery. Connectivity options on the device include 4G VoLTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1 LE, GPS and USB 2.0.
Commenting on the launch, Rahul Sharma, Co-founder Micromax, said,
“Both Micromax and BSNL have been working with an aim to bring the next wave of unconnected users on the Internet. We will now take this vision forward with Bharat-1 and create a compelling proposition for the users that is a first in the category.”
Anupam Srivastava, CMD, BSNL, said,
“We are proud that we are partnering with Micromax, a home-grown player which has been a key player in India’s growth journey and has contributed more than 150 million mobile users and this number is ever increasing. Connecting the last mile– to the Internet and relevant information – is an important part of the strategy for both BSNL and Micromax. We are confident that Bharat-1 will help millions of users experience the data and calling experience like never before.”