#MWC11: BYD WG502T brings the bling into the low-cost Android smartphone space
Among many other things, BYD is a mobile phone ODM. As in, either you specify a device you’d like to sell and they build it for you, or they build some reference (but fully working) designs, and then you can sell them under your own brand. As such, you won’t see BYD as a brand on any phone, smart or not.
Which doesn’t mean it hasn’t been working on at least one interesting Android-powered offering. Advertised as Swarovski Princess Series (SPS), the WG502T screams bling as loud as it can. Clearly designed with the feminine half of the planet in mind, the phone has interesting color options (pink and a very bright green were on display), and blingy crystals inserted both into the front fascia as well as the back cover, as you can see from the following live pictures.
It’s small, very light, and it runs Android 2.2 Froyo. It comes with a 2.8-inch QVGA (240×320) capacitive touchscreen, a 3 MP camera, 256 MB of RAM, 512 MB of ROM, a microSD card slot, a 3.5 mm headset jack, 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a 1000 mAh battery.
Clearly Micromax, an Indian mobile network operator, is a customer for these phones, since all the devices that BYD has at its booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona sport its brand. But that shouldn’t stop you from ordering a couple hundred thousand of these, and selling them to consumers in your country. We’ll have to see if any other operator (or perhaps a big distributor) picks this one up, but for now, enjoy this bling-styled oddity in the following full gallery of live images.