Last week, we exclusively reported about the upcoming Bharat series phones from the Indian manufacturer, Micromax. Today, we got the first look at the Bharath One (X1i) feature phone which will officially launch next month here in India. Though there are rumors about the Bharath Two smartphone, we don’t have information regarding that. Talking about the Micromax Bharath One, it will supports LTE bands and offers VoLTE support for using with the Jio 4G SIM. Since Jio uses only the LTE bands, the users of it need to have an LTE supported device to use data and VoLTE supported device to make and received calls.
Last month, another Indian brand, Lava launched the Lava 4G Connect M1 as the India’s first feature phone with 4G VoLTE support priced at Rs. 3,599. However, the Bharath One is expected to be priced cheaper than the Lava 4G Connect M1. Interestingly, the design of the device also looks similar to the Nokia 3310 with chrome finished frame around the display. At the MWC 2017, Nokia under HMD Global relaunched the Nokia 3310 with color display and bigger battery. Unlike the Bharath One, the new Nokia 3310 works only 2G network and is almost unusable in few of the developed nations like Canada and Australia.
The alpha-numeric keypad on the Bharath One come with English and Hindi languages. It also sports two buttons to answer and end the calls. There is a circular navigation button with a button for torch in the middle and two soft buttons on either side. As of now, there is no information about the internal specifications of this upcoming phone. Stay tuned on Phone Radar for more details!
Earlier: Headquartered in Gurugram, Haryana, Micromax is an Indian electronics company and also the tenth largest smartphone vendor in the world. Micromax is a well-known brand in India and is well known for making affordable handsets but has been losing its market share in the country due to the entry of numerous Chinese brands. According to a report, the company is now planning to release a 4G VoLTE feature phone which will be priced less than 2,500, and this move could be a step towards providing an affordable smartphone that supports Reliance Jio SIM.
Recently we have seen the news about Micromax plans to launch New Bharat series 4G smartphones in India so we can expect this feature phone as well as the smartphone to be launched in April. These devices can be dubbed as Bharat One and Bharat Two, and the smartphone might even sport a fingerprint sensor to enhance the security levels. The upcoming feature phone will come with touch and type capability, but nothing has been mentioned about the exact release date.
The Bharat One Smartphone is likely to feature 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage and will be coming with the support for digital wallets which will be offered by Tranerv and mVisa. These services will also be included to the featured phone so that every Indian citizen gets digitalised and can also get access to high data speeds. Reliance Jio is also planning to release its feature phone with 4G VoLTE capability for Rs. 1299.
Recently we have seen the Chinese smartphone maker Itel has offered a featured phone for Rs. 700 and we can expect more and more feature phones to be released soon with 4G VoLTE support. Stay tuned to PhoneRadar, and we will get back to you with more news and information. Comment in the section below if you have more queries on the same.