A smartphone dedicated to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is slated to be available by September this year.
The team behind the smartphone is from Surat, Gujarat and is lead by Ammeet Desai. The company has been running a smartphone OEM in China for the last 6 years.
The SMART NAMO range will include high end Android phones as well as feature phones later on. “The phones will initially be manufactured in Shenzhen, China but the company has already submitted an application to the Gujarat government to set up an assembly line in the state. They hope to do this by the end of 2013,” Ammeet Desai told NextBigWhat.
The company came up with the idea to dedicate a phone to a leader after they saw many companies in China commemorating leaders with products such as watches and memorabilia of national leaders.
Apart from being from Gujarat, the reason they picked Narendra Modi is that they were impressed by the work of the leader and also the output in terms of economy of the state.
Although the phone will run on stock Android with very little customizations, the smartphones will come preloaded with apps pertaining to BJP, Narendra Modi and India Vision. The company says it will provide users the ability to download wallpapers, themes and custom ROMs from its website.
The company is also planning to approach Narendra Modi and launch a signature edition of the phone, which will be auctioned off on eBay and the proceeds will go to charity.
The company has already signed deals with service centers nationwide for after sales and tech support and will also be offering a replacement warranty. Apart from launching the phone in India the company is also planning on launching an NRI edition for the UK and US markets.
Apart from just smartphones, the company also plans to launch Android tablets and laptops.
According to the SMART NAMO website, the smartphone will have a 5-inch Corning Gorilla Glass 2 display. It will run on Android and will be powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek chipset. The phone will support dual-SIM functionality and have a 13-megapixel rear camera and will be available in four variants, with different storage and RAM options.
It’s nice to see Android go – well – mainstream. But isn’t this taking the personality cult a little too far (oh, and we can sense the whole bunch of jokes this might inspire already, like whether the phone will have a RSS reader or not!)?
Then, again, this is not the first time we are hearing about phones dedicated to specific people or purposes. Do you recall the Rajnikanth Phone, the Art of Living tablet or the Bhakti Sagar Phone? Will the Namo phone also fade away into memory or will it leave an everlasting impression?