Apparently, Google is planning to launch a cheaper, stripped down version of their nexus one phone in India. Here is a tweet by CNBC-TV18 reporter Ankit, who met Google India head Shailesh Rao in an editorial meet:
Nexus One will not come to India in its US avatar, the India specific Google Phone may be a stripped down version and priced lower!
As expected, they haven’t revealed the price or launch dates. But, if Google wants to complete with Nokia or Blackberry, they will have to price the phone in the range of 15 – 20k without contract (unlocked).
I cannot think of any feature other than GPS which can be discarded in the phone’s Indian avatar. Albeit, with the new Google maps navigation system, the nexus one can actually prove to be the first practically useful GPS device in India.
As always, we will have to wait and see how things turn up. Notably, Apple hasn’t yet launched the iPhone 3GS in India and is still shoving the obsolete iPhone 3G down the throat of dumb Indian consumers at an absurd price.
[via Digital Inspiration]
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