Gigabyte Show Three Smartphones

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Taiwan-based Gigabyte Communications Inc, makers of IT products, has made an entry into the Indian mobile phone market with the launch of three handset models under the brand GSmart. The touchscreen PDAs (personal desktop assistant), launched by the company, plan to compete with Apple iPhone, Nokia, HTC and Samsung smartphone category. The company is planning to grab 5 to 10 per cent revenue contribution from the Indian market by the end of the year.
“Our phones are 3G enabled and we hope to capture this segment. We are targeting the phones for the high-end business users, executives and professionals,” Prabodh Vyas, country manger of Gigabyte India said.
Amy Lu, sales director, Gigabyte Communications said, “These models will be available in the open market. We have not started any bundling with operators,” Lu said.
The smartphone features include touchscreen, high-resolution cameras, motion sensors, GPS, push mail, high-speed connectivity tools, FM radio and Wi-Fi. The handset maker is also offering free GPS maps from mapmyindia.com along with the handset. “This is a customised feature offered by us in India. With the growth in the smartphone category, we see it will receive positive response from the market,” Lu said.
Initially, the products will be available in eight to 10 cities across the stores. The company plans to ship around 10,000 smartphones in this financial year. The phones will be distributed by Touch India Telemarketing. The three models will be available at a price range of Rs 17,000 to Rs 37,000 and are based on the Windows mobile 6.1.
As of now, China, Russia, Taiwan and Korea are the major markets for the company’s smartphone business.

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