Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
22nd Apr 2013
A few years back, a quality sub-10k smartphone was a distant dream. But thanks to the Android platform, the situation has completely changed. We now have a problem of plenty in the budget smartphone segment. In March, we published a list of phones worth buying for Rs 15,000. However, if you're not willing to cross the Rs 10,000 barrier, these are the options you should be looking at. Note that this list is not in any specific order:
Huawei Ascend G330
Street Price: Rs 10,000
Huawei, the third largest smarphone-maker in the world has launched some very good devices in India. The Ascend-G330 is one such device that wins our recommendations. It brings Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) to the table, which is good enough in this segment. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1 GHz CPU with 512 MB of RAM. It sports a 4" capacitive multi-touch screen with pixel dimensions of 800x480. For wannabe photographers, there's a 5 megapixel rear snapper with autofocus and LED flash. Apart from that you get 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, 3G, A-GPS, Bluetooth, 1500 mAh battery and more.
Street Price: Rs 9,500
XOLO is one of those rare domestic manufacturers who offer good build quality. Its budget offering XOLO A800 is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1 GHz, and 512 MB of RAM. It comes with an 8 megapixel rear and VGA front camera. Its 4.5" IPS screen has pixel dimensions of 960x540. Apart from that you get Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G, A-GPS, and 1600 mAh Li-ion battery. The dual-SIM (GSM) handset runs Android 4.0 out of the box. Internal storage is 4 GB and of course there's a MicroSD card slot. You also get a 8 GB memory card with this phone.
Micromax 110 Canvas 2
Street Price: Rs 10,000
If you're fond of oversized mobile phones, the Canvas 2 should top your wish list. This dual-SIM handset features a 5" IPS screen (480x854 pixels), which is better than what we get on most similarly priced phablets. The phone is powered by a dual core 1 GHz CPU that does a commendable job handling Android 4.0 (ICS). Other features include an 8 megapixel camera, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 2000 mAh battery. Considering the list of features and screen size, Micromax offers more than what you bargain for.
Karbonn Titanium S1
Street Price: Rs 9900
The Titanium S1 is one of the cheapest quad-core phones officially available in India. Despite being affordable though, the phone offers 4.5" IPS capacitive touchscreen display with pixel dimensions of 960x540. It's powered by a 1.2 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor which should be enough to handle Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Other features include a 5 megapixel auto focus camera with flash, 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi, and 1600 mAh battery.
Nokia Lumia 520
Street Price: Rs 9500
With the Nokia Lumia 520, Windows Phone 8 has made its foray into the sub-10k segment. The Lumia 520 is one of the best looking phones you can get for Rs 10,000. It's 1 Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset offers lag-free user experience. The phone sports a Super Sensitive 4" IPS screen with 480x800 pixels. The internal storage is 8 GB, and you get an option to bump it up by as much as 64 GB via a microSD card slot. For photography there's a 5 megapixel auto focus camera. Apart from this, you get a set of Nokia-exclusive apps such as Cinemagraph, SmartShoot, Nokia Music, PhotoBeamer, voice guided GPS navigation.
There you go. Take your pick. If you think, we have missed out on some good option, please use the comment box below and let us know.
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