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Vodafone launches mass market smartphone

Vodafone's just-launched Smart II is touted as a step-change in delivering the mobile Internet to value-focused non-smartphone consumers. Launching first in the UK priced at £70 Vodafone reckons its mass market smartphone offers the kind of high performance normally associated with high end devices.

Patrick Chomet, Group Terminals Director said: "The Smart II is one of the most important devices we have ever introduced. It delivers a level of performance, functionality and quality that is traditionally the preserve of high-end smartphones but at an exceptionally affordable price. We believe the Smart II could represent a tipping point in the evolution of the market, bringing a new wave of consumers to the supermobile world for the first time."

The Vodafone Smart II has twice the processing power of the most expensive and sought-after smartphones available just three years ago, said the firm, but at a fraction of the price. Functionality includes: HVGA capacitive touchscreen with 64 million colours; new Broadcom 21552 with 832MHz processor and 512MB of RAM; high-speed 3G HSDPA and Wi-Fi connectivity; 3.2 megapixel camera with white LED flash; and the latest Assisted GPS (AGPS) technology for rapid and accurate mapping and navigation functions.

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