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Byond launches 5.7-inch Phablet PII Android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphone for Rs 14,999 ($288)

Byond is making waves in the budget-friendly smartphone arena in India by releasing the Phablet PII, a 5.7-inch Android 4.1 smartphone, for only Rs 14,999
February 12, 2013
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Byond is well-known for its series of budget-friendly tablets, but is relatively new to Indian smartphone scene. After a slew of great offerings, Byond released the Phablet PIII, a 6-inch ICS-running smartphone in December last year, and are now following that up with younger sibling, the Phablet PII, which boasts a slightly smaller 5.7-inch Android smartphone that features the added benefit of running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

And here I was thinking that only Chinese manufacturers (Huawei with the Ascend Mate and KingCom with the Padphone 61) were crazy enough to come out with smartphones with such large displays!

Here is a quick specs and features rundown for the Byond Phablet PII:

  • 5.7-inch multitouch HD IPS capacitive display with 1280 x 720 resolution
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 8MP rear camera, 3MP front facing camera
  • Dual-SIM (GSM+GSM)
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1.1

Byond has been marketing its devices quite aggressively in the hopes of competing effectively with rivals such as Micromax, Karbonn and Spice. While most companies have been happy sticking to a 5-inch limit, Byond has gone beyond (no pun intended) everyone’s expectations, by offering a couple of great devices in the “phablet” category. Unfortunately, the price, at Rs 14,999 (~$288) is quite steep considering other smartphones available in the market, but none boast such a large display.

Byond has big plans for 2013, and if the company has decided to follow a strategy that others have made successful, which is of flooding the market with numerous releases, this is only the beginning of what we can come to expect from the Pune-based tech firm.

What are your thoughts? Is close to 6-inch displays too big, or is it something we should start getting used to? Would you consider buying the Byond Phablet PII? Let us know in the comments section below.