13th Feb, 2013
Micromax Ninja A27 Dual-SIM Smartphone Now At Rs 3400
Gingerbread-based (Android 2.3) GSM smartphone sports a 1 GHz CPU, 3.5" screen and expandable storage.
Micromax has launched yet another low-cost Android handset — the Ninja A27. It features a 3.5" capacitive touchscreen with QVGA pixel dimensions of 320x240. Since it is an entry-level device, the phone comes with low-power hardware that might adversely affect its performance. While the 1 GHz CPU is good enough for most tasks, there is only 256 MB of RAM, which is likely to hold back its performance.
Internal storage is an almost non-existent 160 MB, while there is an expansion option via microSD card slot up to 16 GB. There is a fixed focus rear camera without flash, which can record VGA content at 10 fps, although the still image size is not mentioned. This is a dual-SIM GSM phone, but it doesn't support 3G. Here is the specifications sheet:
- Android 2.3 (Gingerbread); Google Play, M! Zone.
- Dual-SIM, Dual GSM standby, Dual band (900, 1800 MHz).
- 1 GHz Spreadtrum SC6820 CPU with 256 MB RAM.
- 512 MB ROM, 160 MB internal storage, Expandable via microSD up to 16 GB.
- 3.5" capacitive touchscreen with pixel dimensions of 320x240.
- Rear camera, fixed focus, 640x480@10fps recording, NO LED flash.
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 2.0, USB 2.0, 3.5 mm earphone jack, FM Radio.
- NO GPS.
- 1400 mAh Li-ion battery with 4.5 hours 2G talk time.
- Package Contents: Handset, USB cable, Charger, Battery, Handsfree, User guide, Warranty card.
The A27 also has a "Swipe 'n' Share" feature that allows the user to share apps, games, photos, videos, and other things by just swiping across the screen. However, lacking details, we think this NFC-like feature will only work other A27 handsets.
The dual-SIM and 3.5" screen are probably the only things favouring this handset, especially for those who like to watch videos on the go. While the website boasts of "blazing fast application performance" and "superior graphics", I am sceptical about how many apps and games will run satisfactorily on the dated hardware and OS. The claimed talk time of 4.5 hours seems to be less too, considering the fact that there isn't any power-hungry hardware other than the 3.5" screen. We can expect a lower real world battery as is always the case.
The Micromax Ninja A27 is available online for Rs 3400. It currently sits between the company's Smarty A25 with a smaller 2.8" screen available at a lower price of Rs 3100 and the Smarty A30 also with a smaller 3" screen and slower 832 MHz CPU, but with 3G and a somewhat higher price tag of Rs 3750.