Reliance, Lenovo tie-up to launch dual-mode Android phones

Reliance Communications has announced that it has partnered with Lenovo to launch dual-mode Android smartphones in the Indian market. According to a press release issued by the company, these upcoming smartphones will be attractively priced and use Reliance’s ‘Dual Core’ network to switch calls between the two networks (CDMA & GSM) automatically based on the strength and quality of RF signals.

Company did not reveal these smartphones at this point, but we hope to hear more about the devices in the coming days. Although, it did say that the smartphones will run on the latest Android version (Jelly Bean?) and come with 1GHz dual-core processor.

“The Reliance Lenovo co-branded smartphones will operate on the latest Android operating system with a dual core 1 GHz processor that supports all latest applications and comes with a strong battery life,” company stated in the press release.

“We are happy to announce our partnership with Lenovo to offer the most innovative dual technology smart-phones in the country. In line with our endeavour to develop the CDMA device ecosystem, the co-branded smart-phones are set to offer a superlative customer experience in terms of device, speed and coverage on our high speed data network offering the widest footprint across the country,” Gurdeep Singh, President & CEO – Wireless Business, Reliance Communications Limited said.

Reliance Communications currently retails one co-branded ZTE Android smartphone “Reliance Smart V6700” and three co-branded Android tablets (all probably from ZTE). This will be the second partnership from this Indian telco to launch co-branded Android devices in the country. Another telecom operator Idea already retails co-branded GSM Android smartphones.

On the other hand, Lenovo, which is a recent entrant in the Indian smartphone market, sells five Android smartphones in the country, ranging from INR 6K to INR 28K.

It would be interesting to see what these two companies bring in the coming days.