Thomson unveils five mid-range ICS-based dual-SIM phones for Europe
Although it’s very difficult to break into the extremely competitive Android world without a recognizable brand behind, we still see lots of seemingly “no-name” companies trying their luck.
Thomson is one of the latest tech manufacturers to dip its toes into the Android “ocean”, and, even though the company’s digital audio and video products (branded as “Technicolor”), as well as its household appliances might ring a bell to some of you, for we Android geeks, the name doesn’t say much.
Unfortunately, Thomson doesn’t seem to have put a lot of effort behind their first Android-based phones either, so chances are the gadgets will never make it out of obscurity.
If you’re the least bit intrigued about these low-ender and mid-rangers though, let’s talk a bit about them, starting off with the so-called star of the line-up, the X-View 3 (aka TH1130M). This is a 5.3-inch mid-range “phablet” that doesn’t look half bad, but that doesn’t have anything special either.
The humongous display only comes with a 960 x 540 pixels resolution, there’s a mediocre dual-core 1 GHz MediaTek MTK MT 6577 processor and 1 GB of RAM under the hood, as well as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The dual 8 MP/3 MP cameras sound rather intriguing, the 16 GB of on-board memory is standard, while the 2,300 mAh battery seems a bit on the light side. The Thomson X-View 3 measures 10.9 mm in thickness, which is not half bad, but looks rather similar to the first-gen Galaxy Note. Last, but not least, there’s dual SIM functionality and Android 4.0 ICS out of the box with a “modified interface”.
Next up, we have the X-View 2, which looks almost identical to its “cousin”, but comes with lower specs. The 5.3-inch display features a 800 x 480 pix res, the processor is a 1 GHz M6575 model (probably single-core), there’s only 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of on-board memory, Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS.
The rear-facing camera is the same enticing 8 MP unit, while the front-facing cam is VGA. The most pleasant surprise comes from the battery, which is a hefty 2,500 mAh unit.
Even lower on the scale of Thomson smartphone evolution there’s the X-Link line, which comprises of three handhelds. The “top” model, called X-Link 4.5, has a 4.5-inch qHD display, an 8 MP rear-facing shooter, and a 1,500 mAh battery. The rest of the specs are unknown, but we do know that the phone weighs in at 127 grams and measures 11.9 mm in thickness.
The X-Link 4.0 has a 4-inch screen and the same 1,500 mAh battery, but is a tad lighter (121 grams), while being 11.8 mm thick. Finally, the X-Link 3.5 comes with the most modest spec sheet, but with a slightly different look, featuring something called “anti-slip dimpling” on the rear.
The 3.5-inch screen is WVGA, there’s a 1 GHz single-core CPU under the hood, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory, a 5 MP camera on the back, a VGA webcam on the front, a 1,200 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Thomson plans to launch all five Android phones in France and other “select” European countries during October and November, while North Africa will probably get the X-Link line soon after. The pricing hasn’t been revealed, but, according to rumors, the top of the line X-View 3 will be up for grabs for around €330 ($430), while the lower end X-Link 3.5 and X-Link 4.0 will be made available for €170 ($220) and €190 ($250).
US releases for any of the phones seem out of the question at the moment, though we’ve seen miracles happen before. Would you want this particular miracle to happen?