Chandrakant 'CK' Isi
12th Jun 2014
We Indians love value products. That's why the sub-10k handset category is very popular in our country. A few years ago, you could only pick up a good feature phone in this price bracket. However, now thanks to Android and Windows Phone operating systems, consumers can own smartphones without crossing the Rs 10,000 mark. Since there too many to choose from, here are some recommendations:
Nokia Lumia 525
Street Price: Rs 9200
The successor of the Lumia 520, addresses the game compatibility issue by packing in 1 GB RAM. Thanks to beefed up RAM and a Snapdragon S4 processor, you can enjoy most high-end Windows Phone 8 games without any issue. The 4" IPS screen has pixel dimensions of 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. The phone is eligible for the upcoming Windows Phone 8.1 update.
HTC Desire 310
Street Price: 10,000
If you're in for a quad-core phone that looks good, HTC's Desire 310 is perfect for you. The phone sports a 4.5-inch screen with 480x854 pixels. It's powered by Mediatek MT6582M chipset clocked at 1.3 GHz. The Indian version of the handset comes with 512 MB RAM (that’s bit of a downer). The internal storage is 4 GB. Plus, you get a microSD card slot. Other features include a 5 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing snapper, dual-SIM functionality, and 2000 mAh battery.
Street Price: Rs 10,000
If you're phablet fan, the Gionee M2 is perfect for you. This dual-SIM handset packs in a 5-inch FWVGA display. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad core chip from mediaTek. The 8 megapixel camera can record HD videos. It has got connectivity basics covered. The phone comes with 4 GB internal storage, and there's also a microSD card slot. What's impressive here is the huge 4200 mAh battery that easily last for two days on a single charge.
Lenovo Ideaphone A706
Street Price: Rs 9,500
Lenovo is serious about its smartphone ambitions. Although it hasn't taken over Motorola yet, the company has been rolling out quite good phones in last few months. 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).
Top Five Smartphones Under Rs 10,000 (May, 2014)
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