KUALA LUMPUR: A new smartphone, which will be available in the Malaysian market by April, targets the affordable market segment.

The phone, costing below RM500, was developed and manufactured in Malaysia by a local company, DMD Mobile Sdn Bhd.

The phone is said to have the capacity to support a 3.75G network and 650 Mhz speed for the main processor. The phone comes with a complete service platform for the prepaid market, including unified communication and chatting, mobile email and social networking. It will also be bundled with mobile and online communication packages starting at RM10 per month.

Marketing of the phone will be done in South Asia and the Middle East and the launching for the international market will be at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Feb 28.

The Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (MOSTI) is said to provide the Research & Development support for the project.

Source: Bernama. Photo from The Star Online.