Obi Worldphone MV1 Dual-SIM Smartphone Launched
Obi Worldphone, the company owned by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, has launched a new smartphone, the MV1, at the MWC 2016 in Barcelona today. According to the company Obi Worldphone MV1 smartphone is constructed according to “young professionals” markets across Asia, Africa, Latin America and Europe. Priced around $149 (approx Rs. 10,000 in Indian currency), the smartphone will be available in 2GB and 1GB of RAM models. Both the variants will feature 16GB of in-built storage. The 1GB RAM model has been priced around $139 (approx Rs. 9,500 in Indian currency). The Obi Worldphone MV1 will be available in Asia and Africa in the first phase while will also launch in Latin America and Europe in the month of March. The company stated that the smartphone will be available through online e-commerce retail partners like Flipkart, Snapdeal, Amazon India, etc and other traditional retail channels.
The MV1 is proclaimed to be available in both stock Android Lollipop 5.1 and Cyanogen OS 12.1.1 variants. The addition of Cyanogen OS means customers will get options to personalise and customise their device experience from icons and themes. It also brings features such as Truecaller and Live-Display, which adjusts according to handset screen light. Moreover, the MV1 runs Life-speed. The Obi Worldphone MV1 features a 5-inch HD (720×1280) pixels display and comes with a pixel density of 294ppi. The smartphone also packs Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 processor with Adreno 304 GPU. It also sports an 8MP rear primary autofocus camera with LED flash with f/2.2 aperture and also sports a 2MP front facing camera for selfies and video chats. It also supports expandable storage upto an additional 64GB through microSD card slot. The dual-SIM Obi Worldphone MV1 supports a Micro and a Nano-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi direct, Bluetooth, GPS/ A-GPS, GLONASS, and Micro-USB. It measures dimensions of (145x72x8.95) mm and weighs around 149 grams.
Addressing on the launch, John Sculley stated that, “This is an industry with 200 different brands contesting for consumer’s attention. There will be 1.4 billion Android phones produced in 2016 alone, so there needs to be a way to stand apart from the pack. The components for all these different phones are mass produced, in the same countries, and often in the same exact factories. What we have done with the Obi Worldphone from the very beginning is show that it’s possible to have a beautifully designed smartphone that fits into your lifestyle at an accessible price without sacrificing form and technology.”