Google has introduced a 4G smart feature phone dubbed WizPhone WP006 at its ‘Google for Indonesia’ event held in Jakarta earlier this week. The WizPhone WP006 is priced at IDR 99,000, which is approximately Rs 500. Of course, given this is a smart feature phone powered by KaiO, the comparisons with India’s JioPhone are inevitable.
The newly launched feature phone runs on KaiOS the same operating system that powers Jiophone and supports apps like Whatsapp.
“Google has also been instrumental in this launch by ensuring their digital services operate on the WizPhone via the KaiStore, so consumers have access to a suite of Google apps, including the Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Search. Further, the Google Assistant works in Bahasa Indonesia, bridging the digital divide by allowing users to easily access the internet and apps through voice,” KaiOS said in its blog post.
KaiOS said that customers can unlock shopping benefits in Alfamart by scanning barcodes on each product and making their purchase directly via the app on their WizPhone.
The company said as of now, KaiOS runs on more than 50 million phones across North America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Features & Specifications of Google WizPhone WP006
Based on HTML5, KaiOS and the KaiStore will provide top-of-the-line features like games, messaging, streaming apps, and social media to WizPhone users.
The device runs on Qualcomm MSM8905, making 4G/LTE more accessible without sacrificing functionality and battery life. It also supports important functionality like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.
Furthermore, WizPhone WP006 sports a 2.4-inch display. It is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8905 processor paired with an Adreno 304 GPU. It comes with 512MB of RAM along with 4GB of internal storage. It features a 2MP back camera and a VGA front camera. All of this is backed by a 1,800mAh battery and can give standby time up to 250 hours.
If the company decides to bring WizPhone WP006 to India it would give tough competition to JioPhone and JioPhone 2 priced at Rs 1,500 and Rs 2,999, respectively. However, there’s no word on whether Google plans to bring a smart feature phone to India.