Zen Mobiles has launched Zen Flikk M45 which is a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen supporting pinch and zoom functionality with 240×320 pixel resolution. Zen Flikk M45 costs Rs. 5000. No we are not missing any digits in that. This would probably be the first capacitive touch screen phone in the Rs. 5000 segment. The nearest capacitive touch screen phone costs around 10K. Quite a few Android phones like Micromax A60 were released at the 6K range with a resistive touch screen. With Zen Flikk M45, Zen has triggered yet another price/feature war. We sure live in exciting times.
Did I mention that Zen Flikk M45 is not a Android phone.
Zen Flikk M45 is a non-Android phone with a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen and a 3.2 megapixel camera. It has an mp3 player and customizable widgets. Flikk is loaded with applications like Snaptu, Opera, Facebook and Nimbuzz.
Why no Android?
It is common knowledge that Android is free. Why did Zen not get cozy with Google and load Android on Flikk. Google is looking for a lot of partnerships and is eager to launch $100 phones across the worlds to gain a greater market share. It would be a win-win situation. Zen brought capacitive touch screen at such low price it would stop Micromax, Videocon and Intex in their steps and Android would be icing on the cake. Did Flikk M45 not have the hardware specs to meet minimum criteria for Android? Or it was too much of a development time to get Android on board and Zen might have missed the first mover advantage?
PS : Having a non-Android phone in the middle of Android craze is a breather. I am happy that this isn’t an Android phone. Just curious about Zen’s deviation from the Android frenzy.