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Idea Aurus 2 officially launched at Rs. 6,490

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Idea has put forth its first Jelly Bean offering naming it Aurus 2, even as the network operator has heated up the competition in this category by pegging the device at an affordable price. In spite of being marked with a retail value of Rs. 6,490, which is comparatively less than its predecessor, the smartphone has slightly better components to proffer.

For instance, the Idea Aurus 2 takes a major leap over its older sibling’s Gingerbread OS and adopts Jelly Bean, as mentioned earlier. It bears a similar 3.5-inch capacitive HVGA touch screen, but it has been embellished with a 3.2MP camera as opposed to the first generation entry-level device’s 5MP snapper. Inclusion of Wi-Fi and 3G complement the integrated VGA front-facing webcam while facilitating video conferences.

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At the given asking amount, the phone’s onboard 1GHz single core processor can be counted as a fairly good deal, although the make and company of the CPU hasn’t been revealed yet. In addition to 4GB of internal storage capacity, the embedded microSD card will allow expansions of up to 32GB. Speaking of memory, there exists 512MB of RAM lying inside the device’s frame.

Even though the Idea Aurus 2 has received official recognition, details regarding some of its components haven’t been revealed yet. For instance, the company has still to make a statement spilling out information pertaining to the incorporated battery and the operation time it renders to 2G as well as 3G users.

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Although the carrier has stated that the Idea Aurus 2 is available in stores across India, at present there is no e-retailer who has stocked or has stated its intentions to welcome the device either. Whenever the phone arrives, users will find it clubbed with the service provider’s data plan worth Rs. 261. This happens to be the sixth smartphone belonging to the carrier’s 3G Android portfolio, with the Zeal, the Ivory, the ID918 and the Blade being some of the initial introductions.

Let’s have a look at the handset’s highlighted specifications:

Android 4.1 OS
3.5-inch capacitive touch display
320 x 480 pixel resolution
1GHz single core processor
512MB of RAM
4GB inbuilt memory, expandable up to 32GB
3.2MP main camera with digital zoom
VGA secondary webcam
Dual SIM slots

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