Bee Mobile, a small handset manufacturer has just released its first Android-powered phone, the Bee 7100. The smartphone is now available for purchase in UAE via Axiom Telecom for only AED 399 (109 USD or 83 EUR) off-contract.
It appears that the Bee 7100 set a new milestone for the cheapest Android phone available in UAE. For the money they pay to get the smartphone, customers also receive a 1-year Axiom warranty, along with a free 2GB microSD memory card for memory expansion.
The phone is powered by Google’s Android 2.2 Froyo operating system, but there’s a slight chance the phone will receive a Gingerbread upgrade in the near future.
In this regard, the manufacturer states that the phone sports a 2-megapixel rear camera, which is upgradable to 3.2-megapixel via software update. However, there is no mention of whether or not this is the Android 2.3 Gingerbread or just a minor maintenance software update.
It is also worth mentioning that the Bee 7100 packs a secondary front-facing VGA camera for video calls. However, this feature will only be unlocked after the smartphone eventually receives the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update.
Another downside of the smartphone is the fact that its 2.8-inch QVGA touchscreen display is resistive and not capacitive. The display supports 262k colors and 240 x 320 pixels resolution.
Still, the affordable Bee 7100 comes with dual-SIM, dual-Standby support, which makes it a perfect choice for customers who are looking for a cheap Android phone that replace both their handsets.
The phone measures 108.2 x 57.8 x 14.2mm and packs a 4GB onboard memory and microSD card slot for memory expansion (up to 32GB, 2GB memory card included).
Other highlights of the phone included Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, microUSB port, Stylus, Radio FM and e-book reader.
The phone’s 1000 mAh Li-Ion battery is rated by the manufacturer for up to 160 hours of standby time or up to 4 hours of talk time.