Dell may be a latecomer to the world of Android, but the company isn’t slouching when it comes to building up a base of devices running the open-source operating system. The latest to join Dell’s stable are two re-badged ZTE handsets, coming to the Indian mobile market before the end of the year.
Dell’s calling them its XCD28 and XCD35, but under that Dell logo they’re actually the ZTE Racer and Blade. The XCD28 should be available straight away, while the XCD35 comes out next month.
The XCD28 is going to appeal to users who might be picking up their first smartphones, as the compact phone skimps on a few specs like having only a QVGA 2.8-inch display and that it’s still running Android 2.1. It may not impress iPhone owners, but at only 10,990 rupees (~$250), it’s far more affordable.
On the other hand, the XCD35 (aka the San Fransisco) has a 3.5-inch WVGA touchscreen, making it far more likely to end up in the hands of users looking for a phone that can handle multimedia and high resolution games. The 16,990-rupee price (~$385) the handset will fetch when Dell finally releases it means it will be competing with other higher-end smartphones. Dell’s hoping an attractive warranty, where you can simply swap a defective model for a new one, will help sway some buying decisions in its favor.
There’s no word yet on if Dell has any plans to bring either phone to the US.