In what will surely be construed as overkill, Goophone has announced a mobile that features three-SIM card slots.
While the Chinese market is full of dual-SIM devices, with international manufacturers like Samsung and HTC launching dual-SIM versions of their devices, the Goophone X1+ is a first in what will likely be a deluge of triple-SIM mobiles in China. The Goophone X1+ is an Android device that features MediaTek’s MT6589 SoC, which is highly favored in the Chinese budget market. The device has a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP camera and a 2000 mAh battery.
LG’s Optimus L4II was the world’s first triple-SIM device, and was launched last month in Brazil. The Optimus L4II uses MediaTek’s 3G Triple-SIM technology, which it claims is very stable. According to MediaTek, all three SIM cards can be used simultaneously to receive calls, transmit data, send SMS messages and remain in standby mode without consuming excessive battery life. The Goophone X1+ also features the same technology.
Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of MediaTek’s Smartphone Business Unit, said that, “In many emerging markets, multi-SIM support has become an absolute requirement. By creating a comprehensive total solution packed with premium features and advanced technologies, MediaTek is not only catering to end-user needs, but also attracting the attention of the world’s tier-one device makers”.
The X1+ will be available for under $150, and will be available only in China for the time being.