With smartphone sales growing at a rapid pace in India, a whole host of Chinese brands have made a beeline for the country in recent months. New smartphone brands are also springing up within the country, and Mango Phone (mPhone) happens to be the latest to join the bandwagon. The company, reportedly based out of the southern coastal state of Kerala, has now officially signaled its entry into the Indian market by launching as many as six smartphones and a smartwatch at one go. The ‘mPhone’ range starts at Rs. 11,999 ($180) for the most affordable handset and goes up to Rs. 39,999 ($600) for the most premium smartphone of the lot. Reports, however indicate that many of the devices are either re-branded or slightly re-worked Elephone handsets and the wristwatch is apparently also a re-branded version of the Elephone W2 smartwatch.
All the devices (bar one) run Android 5.1 Lollipop in the form of Freeme OS and come with LTE connectivity. The devices also sport rear-facing fingerprint scanners as standard. The smartphones also have microSD card slots for capacity expansion and support Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The mPhone 5s is the most affordable one of the lot, and is said to be a re-branded Elephone S1 with minor modifications. The smartphone comes with a metal frame and features a 5-inch 720p OnCell display panel and has a MediaTek MT6735 SoC under the hood. The device comes with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage and has a 2,600 mAh battery. The cameras on the device are of the 8-megapixel and 5-megapixel variety on the back and front respectively. The handset is reportedly priced at Rs. 11,999 ($180) and will be offered in gold, white and black colors.
The next in line is the mPhone 6, which is powered by the same chip and sports the same amount of RAM and internal storage as that of the 5s. The notable differences, however lie in its screen size (and resolution) and rear-facing primary camera. While the display panel is a 5.5-inch 1080p unit, the primary camera on the mPhone 6 comes with a 13-megapixel sensor instead of the 8-megapixel one found on the less expensive device. As for the battery, it happens to be a 3,200 mAh unit. The phone comes in black, dark blue, white, grey and rose gold, and will set buyers back by Rs. 16,999 ($250). There’s also an mPhone 7Plus, which keeps the 5.5-inch 1080p screen, but sports a more powerful MT6753 chip from MediaTek. The device rocks 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage, and carries a 13-megapixel primary camera and an 8-megapixel front shooter, while the battery capacity is said to be 2,600 mAh. The device is priced at Rs. 22,999 ($340).
Next up is the mPhone 8, which is said to be a re-branded Elephone P9000, and is the only one of the lot running on Android Marshmallow. It’s powered by a Helio X10 chip from Mediatek, and has 4GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. As for the cameras, a 21-megapixel unit is to be found on the rear while an 8-megapixel sensor on the front does the selfie duties. The handset comes with a 3,050 mAh battery and will cost Rs. 27,999 ($415). The next device comes with a native 3D display and is named the mPhone 9 Plus 3D. It comes with a 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by a MediaTek MT6753 chip. The device has 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage and features 21 and 8-megapixel primary and secondary cameras respectively.
As for the final smartphone on the list, the mPhone 11 Plus also comes with a 5.5-inch screen, but sports a Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display. It’s said to be a brand-engineered Elephone Vowney for the most part, with increased internal storage of 128 GB alongside the 4 GB of RAM that comes as standard for the handset. This one’s also powered by the Helio X10 and carries a 4.000 mAh battery. A 21-megapixel camera can be found on the back of this device, while an 8-megapixel unit does duty on the front. It comes with a price-tag of Rs. 39,999 ($600). The M2 smartwatch is priced at Rs. 12,999 ($200), but there’s no further info regarding the availability of any of the devices.