India to get it’s first 8-core phone in December, Smart Namo Saffron Wave Octacore


India based phone maker Smart Namo will launch it’s first 8-core MT6592 phone on 15th December at the very attractive price of just $315!

The Smart Namo Saffron Wave Octacore looks very similar to a few of the Octa-core Galaxy Note 3 wannabe’s we have seen turning up over the past week, but what sets this phone apart from the rest is that it will officially be launched in India and at a pretty great price to boot!

Being based on the Note 3 design the Saffron Wave Octacore has a 5.7-inch FHD display, and comes in a choice of colours. Under the hood sits an octa-core MT6592 chipset, 2GB RAM, 32GB memory, and 2800 mAh battery. Smart Namo are advertising the phone as pre-rooted, meaning it will be that much easier to customise and install alternate ROMs on the device out of the box.

[ GizIndia.com ]
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34 Comments

  1. Josef Džujík
    November 28, 2013

    Hello Andi,

    I would like to point out that Smart NAMO is one big scam. They have never produced any own phones, Saffron one is just UMI X2 with Smart NAMO logo. They are using this brand to support the politician – Narendra Modi (the guy in the picture), that’s why it is NA MO. Don’t trust any news about those phones, it is just advertisement for the politician nothing more.

    • November 28, 2013

      Thanks for the details

    • Zalzala
      November 28, 2013

      Well said Mr.Josef, completely agree with you, rather we should not be talking any more about this crap

      • bridgebuilder78
        November 28, 2013

        I second that. This is GizChina, not GizIndia. Until India actually designs and produces its own phones, all coverage about India should cease.

        It’s of little interest to readers what India imports from China or what Chinese OEM phones India re-badges.

    • namo
      November 28, 2013

      so what is Micromax
      and Xolo?

      dont open ur mouth when u dont know anything about world and how it runs..
      do u live under a rock?

      n i dont like namo or bjp
      nuff said..

      • bridgebuilder78
        November 28, 2013

        Both Micromax and Xolo are trading companies. They have no R&D or manufacturing facilities whatsoever. They simply import Chinese OEM phones and put their own logos on them and sell them at a higher price.

      • Guest
        December 2, 2013

        xolo q1000s is re branded of green orange N1.other models of xolo are also re branded.micromax phones are all re branded phones.micromax canvas4 is nothing but wiko stairway,BLU life one.canvas turbo is wiko darkfull.

    • Felix Wang
      November 28, 2013

      First of all Josef, you are not an Indian citizen and you are trying to tarnish Namo image, Namo is the only Asian shortlisted as Time Person of Year, please see http://poy.time.com/2013/11/25/vote-now-who-should-be-times-person-of-the-year/slide/narendra-modi/, also Snapdeal is authorized online retailer for this brand, please see http://www.snapdeal.com/brand/smartnamo, and they have already sold out many handsets……..do before making allegations against any one in future, get your facts right !!! Posting bullshit or crap on GizChina forum or post, wont make you star.

      • Josef Džujík
        November 29, 2013

        I am not posting bullshits and I am not trying to be a forum star. Compare Smart NAMO phones with other chinese phones and explain me why they are identical?

        • Smart Bharat
          December 4, 2013

          Why Samsung, LG, Sony, iPhone, Motorola, Nokia are identical in Size, Shape, Specifications, etc. and what is the need for their alternative phones as it is usual in Chinese market?

      • Guest
        December 2, 2013

        this smart namo is scam.before they did the fraud
        with the name of UMI mobiles india,then androidguruz and now started
        another scam with the name smart namo.they are misusing the image of
        that great leader and trying to cheat the fans of him.smart
        namo saffron 1 is re branded of voto x2 which is re branded of umi
        x2.smart namo saffron 2 is re branded of iNew 6000.all their phones are
        re branded and also doesn’t available physically.they are available
        through images only.now this octa core device is just a rip off of
        samsung note 3 and also re branded of goophone N3.

    • Guest
      December 2, 2013

      Josef you are right,this smart namo is scam.before they did the fraud with the name of UMI mobiles india,then androidguruz and now started another scam with the name smart namo.they are misusing the image of that politician and trying to cheat the fans of that politician.smart namo saffron 1 is re branded of voto x2 which is re branded of umi x2.smart namo saffron 2 is re branded of iNew 6000.all their phones are re branded and also doesn’t available physically.they are available through images only.now this octa core device is just a rip off of samsung note 3 and also re branded of goophone N3.

  2. srih
    November 28, 2013

    Nothing wrong in copying a copy of the original one! 🙂

    • Zalzala
      November 29, 2013

      Perhaps it should then fall under the category of CLONES

    • Guest
      December 2, 2013

      then why we have all these copy rights,trademarks and laws?there is no meaning.

      • srih
        December 2, 2013

        So you have no problem when Chinese companies rip off designs of other branded phones, rebrand & sell millions of them in China & other countries without giving a damn about copyrights, trademarks and laws, but you have problem when Indian company’s pay Chinese factories to produce the same smartphones with different brands to be sold in India!! Great logic dude..
        My point is China is a mega manufacturing hub for everything in this world, so everybody right from Apple to HP get their production there, so whats wrong if Micromax does the same? Aren’t they giving revenue to China

        • Guest
          December 2, 2013

          dude you are so funny.you are saying like a thief has robbed someone’s house for money and you are asking to give permission to you to rob another mans house.if a country is producing rip off designs it doesn’t mean you should encourage your country to do the same.instead of that you should create awareness in people to don’t buy such products.always be unique,be genuine & make your country proud.

  3. The Chosen One
    November 28, 2013

    Hey guys if you wanna get absurdly technical then +99% of electronics on the market smart phones included, from all brands, in some form or another, are all Frankensteined!

    I do not know of any company that can lay claim that every single component in their device was made by them and only them.

    Does Apple manufacture their own GPS antenna? How many smartphones use Sony cameras? How much others use an LG or another known brand of Screen? Surely only Corning can lay claim to the advent of Gorilla Glass in all its versions? Lastly does Samsung, through R&D, produce the screws that hold their devices together?

    I hope you guys see my point!

    It doesn’t matter who, how and why its done, whether its a rebranded OEM device or not the title of Abbie’s article is still exact and in accordance with the reality.

    India will get their firs 8 core smartphone soon!

    Now despite this site being named GizChina I take pleasure in being able to come here and been made aware of whats happening with Andriod and the expanse of the Chinese Smartphone Market globally! Aren’t you?

    So lets not practice berating another for reporting about happenings in anyother part of our rock.

    At the end of the day in the grand scheme of things does it really matter what quadrant we belong too and what race is asigned to us when we all inhabit the same planet and will forever be known as people of said planet?

    Good article Abbie keep up the good work!

    • bridgebuilder78
      November 29, 2013

      Apple and Sony don’t purchase Chinese OEM phones and re-badge them. Enough said!

      • Airyl
        November 29, 2013

        No wonder they’re so bad!

        • bridgebuilder78
          November 29, 2013

          Can Indians afford better? My guess is that they cannot. This is why the Chinese ship the same basement spec phones to both Africa and India.

          • The Chosen One
            November 29, 2013

            I guess by your logic they cannot. It is surprising that on one hand, as per you, India is way too poor to produce their own phones, yet, they are the number one country on our planet for Medical Tourism for almost a decade now! Is it that their focus is different, or is it that due to import restrictions their electronics industry has not made the global impact that it could? I wonder if Colton, that Congo sourced mineral, is on India’s ban list! Anyone can be taught to read, but, fewer still can comprehend and understand that which they have read! I never implied or indicated that Apple or Sony purchase OEM phones! I spoke specifically to the components alive and well in over 99% of todays electronics smartphones included. Research and discover which ,now popular, chinese phone brand started out as an OEM component manufacturer for most of the bigger brands including the two you mentioned, before being a highly successful phone manufacturer themselves! Which company made, then modified, the fingerprint reader on that current Apple device? Focus on components and be surprisngly edified as to how large brands make their money through inflated prices and renaming tech that has already being in circulation as their own. Lastly what do you have against India?

            • bridgebuilder78
              November 29, 2013

              Logic? How about you apply some logic yourself?

              Let’s see. You imply that India is not as poor as I made it out to be because it’s a popular destination for medical tourism?
              Hmmm, let’s apply some logic here, shall we? India is a popular medical destination because it’s cheap. Those who can’t afford the (much) more expensive treatment travel to India where the much cheaper equivalent service is provided. So why are Indian medical services so cheap? It’s because Indians are too poor to afford more, making its health care industry very low-cost by necessity.

              Now coming back to the more relevant topic of smartphones. Are you not aware that Apple and Sony have very large R&D operations which design and engineer their phones? China receives the blueprints and assemble the end products. Micromax and Xolo, on the other hand, have no R&D team and no design capacity. They merely send some representatives to China and pick out pre-existing phones and buy them in bulk to be imported into India. That is the definition of of a ‘trading company’.

              The only thing Micromax and Xolo ‘designed’ are their own logos.

              If you can’t tell the difference between Micromax and Xolo and Sony and Apple, then you have no place to speak about logic or reading comprehension.

              Lastly, what do I have against India? Well, nothing really, unless most Indians are as lacking in reading comprehension and logical reasoning skills as you.

              So tell me, are they?

            • The Chosen One
              November 29, 2013

              With all you wrote a few being accurate while the rest being incorrect you are to yet answer as to who produced Apples fingerprint reader or GPS hardware?

              Which chinese OEM component manufacturer is now a top smartphone producer?

              What companies did they produce OEM components for?

              Remember,

              [An original equipment manufacturer, or OEM, manufactures products or components that are purchased by another company and retailed under that purchasing company’s brand name.]

              I emplore you to focus on components not the entire device!

              Also remember I refered to “+99% of electronics on the market smart phones included, from all brands, in some form or another, are all Frankensteined!”

              meaning that regardless of the brand name on your device, the sum components of the whole wasn’t produced by the company whose brand is clearly stamped on your device hence the frankenstein comparison.

              The reason I keep telling you to research is so you would be privately edified but being that you refuse to do anything other than to berate others I leave you with this little tidbit.

              You emphatically asked, and I quote you,

              ” Are you not aware that Apple and Sony have very large R&D operations which design and engineer their phones?”

              For you to ask me that question phrased in that manner proves that you are totally unaware that Samsung, YES SAMSUNG is one of the biggest component suppliers for Apple’s iphone line!

              Texas Instruments, Cirrus Logics, Micron & Skyworks are all companies based in the US who produce components across the board globally and they also supply components for the IPhone line.

              The companies mentioned and the long list of others that I didn’t mention have one thing in common, that is, they can give Apple said components at the lowest rate, while, if it were you and I, we’d have to pay more for the exact same component.

              Thats R&D for you!

              I leave you now to research components used in Sony’s devices.

              Look up AKM Semiconductor of Japan, Murata of both Japan & Taiwan and see what big name SmartPhone Brands are linked customers of these companies.

              AGAIN LIKE I SAID IN MY INITIAL OFFERING FOLLOW THE LINEAGE OF THE COMPONENTS!

            • Smart Bharat
              December 2, 2013

              You seems to be a little bit biased. Now a days every branded phone is having specification of Quad Core Processor, 2 GB RAM. 13 + 5 MP Camera, 16/32/64 GB ROM, FHD Display, Bigger Battery, External SD Card Support, NFC/DLNA, etc., then Mediatek has introduced Quad Core Turbo and Octa Core Processors and If Smart Namo also want to use those Processors for its Phone and Mediatek is not manufacturing / assembling Phones right now, however if some other brand like UMI or ZOPO has also used those processors then Smart Namo can’t be called as re-branded or copied Phone. Sony has also used Mediatek Quad Core Turbo Processor in its Xperia Series Phones.

            • bridgebuilder78
              December 3, 2013

              I never said Xolo or Smart Namo are copied phones. What I said was that they are simply trading companies. They buy existing Chinese phones and print their own logos on them. What is so difficult to understand?

            • Smart Bharat
              December 4, 2013

              First mobile was launched by Motorola and first laptop by Toshiba, but do you know that Murphy was first Indian brand of Radio and Transistor, Western was first Indian brand of TV. Few years back no one was knowing Onida TV. As I have already stated earlier Smart Namo is itself assembling its phones at present in China, but with a plan to establish its assembly line in Gujrat, India very soon. So you can’t say that Smart Namo is simply a trading company and it is buying existing Chinese phones and printing its own logo on those phones. In case you are having some material to substantiate your statement please disclose the same or else do not make flying and bald statements in future.

            • bridgebuilder78
              December 4, 2013

              Smart Namo is not assembling anywhere.

            • Smart Bharat
              December 5, 2013

              By the way when you last visited China and in which area you went to confirm that Smart Namo is assembling its phones or not in China at present ?

            • bridgebuilder78
              December 6, 2013

              You need to speak better English and stop raping women.

            • Smart Bharat
              December 7, 2013

              When you are not having any logic to convince any body than you have started to make rubbish statements. It will be better for you to make comments supported by logic as claimed by you earlier or not to make any wild comment at all regarding India and Smart Namo.

    • Guest
      December 2, 2013

      you should learn the difference between manufacturing & re branding that’s it..

  4. Smart Bharat
    December 2, 2013

    Hello Abbie,

    I think that out of the persons who are discussing no one is knowing that Smart Namo Group has announced that manufacturing of Smart Namo Phones will be starting soon in Gujrat, India and they are buying the best components which are not manufactured in China and only manufacturing of outer shell and assembling is being made in China.

    It is also noteworthy that Sony has also used Mediatek Processor and Smart Namo is also using that Processor, which is not manufactured in China.

    Smart Namo has also announced launching of Saffron X although having same specifications as Ubuntu Edge, but only when required crowd funding was already failed and idea of manufacturing of Ubuntu Edge was already dropped.

    So far as allegation of copying is concerned I may say that having similar features/ specifications in two brands it may not be said that one is copying the other, because in that case if latest components will be used by one manufacturer other manufacturers could not use those components and that too when non of the manufacturer is having complete production line for all the components being used in Phones. All the manufacturers are only assembling the Phones.

    Smart Namo has also clarified that concept of naming “Namo” has been taken by them from China, where products have been named by adopting name of famous political leaders.

    • The Chosen One
      December 2, 2013

      You are absolutely correct! That is why i emphasized in my previous comments to focus on the lineage of the components! I even highlighted a couple companies that supply components for that one responder to research on their own.

      A lot of people that love to refer to Apple as being the best in the smartphone/mobile device market etc. have absolutely no idea that they do not actually produce the IPhone.

      In fact their 64bit A7 chip is a rebranded chip wholely and soley manufactured by Samsung.

      In addition to that is the most critical 26-30% of the processing aspect of Apple IPad, IPhone line of devices is made by Samsung.

      I will state it again, in this world of electronics, it makes absolutely zero sense berating another brands simalarity to another, or even a country’s choice or MO of producing any electronic unit, when, +99% of the global electronic products, smart phones included, are all frankinsteined on the component level.