We already reported on the upcoming release of an innovative device built by Indian handset maker iBall, namely the Andi 4.3J.Although it has become common for Indian companies to launch dual-SIM phones, iBall's Andi 4.3J introduces an interesting concept, dual-battery.
Yes, the smartphone comes with two separate batteries with different energy capacity. The total energy output of the batteries combined is 2530 mAh, but one has 1630 mAh and the other one only 900 mAh.
The idea is that, when one of the battery is depleted, it can be pulled and recharged, while the other can keep the phone powered.
The phone was officially launched a few days ago, but iBall failed to offer more details on the Andi 4.3J's availability.
Today, Indian retailer Infibeam announced the Andi 4.3j as being available for pre-order for Rs 9.270 (175 USD or 135 EUR) outright. Check it out here.
This doesn't seem to be too pricey given the phone's dual-SIM and dual-battery features. Aside from that, the phone offers mid-range hardware specs.
iBall confirms the smartphone is powered by a 1 GHz single-core Cortex-A9 processor and 512MB of RAM. In addition, Andi 4.3j sports a 5-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video calling.
It also comes with a 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, 2GB of internal memory, which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD memory card, 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity, as well as Bluetooth and microUSB.
The only downside seems to be the fact that it comes with Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system onboard, and there's no word of any Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for the moment. We will keep an eye out for this one.
Hopefully, other handset makers will take into consideration this innovative concept and release more devices like the iBall's dual-SIM and dual-battery Andi 4.3j.