Gigabyte is preparing to launch a dual-SIM smartphone running on Android v2.2 Froyo. It’s called GSmart Rola and it will launch on the bargain 175 euro in the beginning of 2011.
As a smartphone, the device is rather low-end – a 3.2 inch WQVGA resistive touchscreen, 3.2MP camera, a 528MHz processor and 512MB ROM. All connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio are onboard, but as these dual-SIM phones go, 3G will be supported on only one card at a time.
The processor is clocked at 528 MHz and it’s probably an old ARM11 chipset though, you get to have two numbers.
Gigabyte lost us at “resistive” here, but considering the $230 (EUR 175) price, it will surely find takers in Europe and Asia, when it lands in Q1 2011. Moreover, people who want to carry only one phone for their two SIM cards, will have a decent smartphone option now.
Would you ever buy a dual SIM card mobile phone or just carry two devices? Many technology editors carry an iPhone and another device, either Android powered or made by RIM, because neither of today’s smartphone platforms can satisfy all their needs.