Spice is a smartphone manufacturer located in India. Spice got some extra attention back in September when the company launched one of the three currently available Android One handsets, Spice Dream Uno Mi-498. Spice was Google’s Android One launch partner in India, together with Micromax and Karbonn. The company has also released their own Spice Mi-549 handset a couple of days ago. Both of said handsets belong in a mid-range category, sport 1GB of RAM and have rather affordable prices. It seems like Spice wanted something even more affordable to offer to their customers and have thus released something rather odd if you ask me.
The company announced a new device as part of their Stellar-series of smartphones, Spice Stellar 362 for the Indian market. This handset features a 3.5-inch HVGA (320 x 480) display along with 256MB of RAM and 2GB of internal storage (expandable via MicroSD card up to 32GB). This handset is powered by a 1GHz processor and ships with a 1300mAh battery. On the back of this handset, you’ll find a 2-megapixel camera while there’s a 1.3-megapixel shooter located on the front side of the device. This is a 3G phone and it offers dual-SIM connectivity. The phone will be on sale soon according to Spice and it will be available in White and Black color options.
The company is targeting the consumers who want extremely affordable handsets. This device is an ultra low-end handset, if I can even put it that way, I’m actually somewhat disappointed, but if Spice sees demand for handsets like this, who are we to judge. “We have noticed a growing acceptance and demand amongst sub urban customers for good quality smartphones. At Spice, our vision has always been to offer the best-in-class smartphones to a larger audience, by providing great products at affordable prices. Stellar 362’s combines high utility functions and the latest software to deliver a great customer experience,” said Prashant Bindal, Chief Executive Officer of Spice Mobility Ltd. The device will launch in India in the coming days and will cost INR 5,499 ($89) according to the company. The price is low, but I don’t believe this is a good option either way, we’ll see how many of these handsets will Spice manage to sell in the end.