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First Indian HSPA+ Android Phone will be launched in India by the Olive

In end-December 2010, we reported that Olive Telecom promised to bring the Google Android 2.2 OS based phone range in India. Sticking to its words, Olive Telecom is going to launch India’s first HSPA+ (Evolved High Speed Packet Access and technically 4G) phone running Android on February 9. We’ve managed to sneak in an invite for the conference. However, there are very less details on the Olive’s Android device specifications and form factor as of now.

Arun Khanna, CEO for Olive Telecom, said the company plans to introduce Android 2.2 Froyo based smartphones by March 2011. In India, Android 2.2 Froyo based devices have just started pouring in from major handset makers and many are expected in the coming months.

As per the invite, Olive would be unveiling the first Indian HSPA+ based smartphone. In India, we already have HTC Desire HD priced at Rs. 26,399 approximately and Desire Z for around Rs. 24,999. The HSPA+ standard offers data connection speeds at up to 14.4Mbps download and 5.76Mbps upload. Also note that Qualcomm’s president for India and South Asia would be present at the event and hence it makes us think if Olive’s Android based phone will carry Qualcomm’s 800MHz Scorpion core based MSM7x30 processor or the 1GHz MSM8x55 processor. In either case, the phone would be capable of supporting up to 12 megapixel camera and 720p HD recording if enabled.

Olive’s HSPA+ Network supporting Android phone does raise concerns about network support. However, with the 3G roll out happening country wide, several may be able to make the best of the both the phone and the network. We’ll update this space with more details as and when we get them.


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