Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
28th Jan 2014
The sub-10k segment is no more dominated feature phones. There are so many smartphones available in this category that a user can easily get confued. Thanks to Windows Phone platform, the consumers now have option to choose a smartphone OS even under the Rs 10,000 mark. Without further ado, here's the list of phones budget buyers should consider.
Street Price: Rs 7900
The Panasonic T11 sports a 4-inch IPS screen with 480x800 pixels. It's not very sharp, but you get what you pay for. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 chipset. It has 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera and a front VGA snapper for selfies. Other features include 4 GB internal storage, microSD card slot, dual-SIM functionality, and 1500 mAh battery. The T11 runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. A great options for those looking for a quad-core Android device.
Nokia Lumia 525
Street Price: Rs 10,000
The Lumia 525 comes with double the RAM compared to its predecessor. Armed with dual-core Snapdragon S4 chipset, this value phone lets you enjoy most high-end Windows Phone 8 games without any issue. 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 Nokia Music subscription and voice guided GPS navigation for free. Microsoft's mobile platform offers organised, elegant, and lag-free user experience.
Lenovo Ideaphone A706
Street Price: Rs 9,500
Laptop maker Lenovo has been rolling out quite a decent phones. For Rs 9500, the Ideaphone A706 offers a 4.5" IPS screen with 854×480 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1 GHz Snapdragon 200 chispet clocked at 1 GHz. As usual, you get 1 GB RAM, 5 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing snapper, microSD card slot, dual-SIM support, and 2000 mAh battery. On the software front, you get Android 4.1 JellyBean.
Street Price: Rs 10,000
The Q700i is yet another 4.5-incher in this list. This dual-SIM phone from the domestic manufacturer is powered by a 1.3 Ghz MediaTek MT6582M chipset. The screen is IPS type supporting 854x480 pixels. The Q700s packs in an 8 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing snapper, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, and 1800 mAh battery. The phone ships with Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean).
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Best Smartphones Under Rs 10,000 (January 2014)
A list of handsets for budget buyers.
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