Smartphones can be effectively divided into distinctive classes based on their price tags. While the lowest priced handsets are tagged under the budget category, the costlier ones are in the high-end segment. However, all, more or less, offer specs that you will need to get any work done on your handset.
But since the progress of the low-end Android KitKat smartphones in the Indian market, most of the mobile phone manufacturers in India have started using the KitKat OS as the primary offering to sell their budget-devices.
While smartphones are indeed classified according to their price factors, there are several in the market that offer more specs and features compared to what you bargained for earlier. And that makes the deal even sweeter.
We have a number of manufacturing names in the market who have found the native market as one with a lot of potential. While bigger names such as Samsung and Sony are already present, other such as Micromax and Xiaomi are also trying hard to get into the act.
So if you are indeed looking to buy a new handset that will be in the sub 15k segment, let us tell you that choices are huge. Here we take a look at the top smartphones that you could buy in the sub 15k range in India.
Xolo Play 6X 1000
This Xolo handset is an absolute power house and also comes quite cheap. The Play 6X 1000 handset comes with a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.5 GHz hexa-core MediaTek MT6591 processor with 600 MHz Mali 450 GPU and 2GB of RAM. It runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS.
Other specs include: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM), 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI Sensor (1080p video recording), 2MP front-facing camera, 8GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD, 3G (HSDPA: 21 Mbps, HSUPA: 5.76 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG and 2100 mAh battery.
LG is still waiting to gain success in the Indian smartphone market like its other Korean counterpart Samsung. But with the release of the LG L80, the signs are good. The L80 features a 5-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 mobile processor, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be later expanded via a microSD card slot.
On the imaging front, there's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with a LED Flash and a VGA quality front-facing camera. The handset runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat out-of-the box, while the makers have added a 2540mAh battery fitted inside. Other connectivity options include: Wi-Fi, 3G, FM Radio, GPS, among other features.
Motorola Moto E
This one requires no general introduction as the Moto E has already experienced a big craze over it in recent months. To recap on the specs of the handset, the Moto E comes with a 4.3-inch display with a qHD (540x960 pixel) resolution, and 256ppi pixel density. Motorola has also touted the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen of the phone, along with the very popular 'water-nano coating' providing resistance against water up to a certain level.
The Moto E is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor along with Adreno 302 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM. The Moto E is a dual-SIM phone that supports Micro-SIM cards and a certain 'intelligent calling feature.' The device runs on Android 4.4 KitKat.
The device comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera, although it has no flash or a front-facing camera. The Moto E comes with 4GB of internal storage, expandable via microSD card up to 32GB. The smartphone is backed by a 1980mAh battery and sports 124.8x64.8x12.3 dimensions, weighing in at 142 grams.
Micromax Unite 2
Micromax is already a household name in the Indian smartphone trade. And with handsets such as Unite 2, we have hopes that the maker is destined even for bigger things. The Unite 2 comes with a 4.7-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display.
Further, Micromax Unite 2 is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and it runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat), which can also be upgraded to later versions of the OS. Imaging aspect is handled by a 5MP rear camera with LED Flash and 2MP front-facing shooter. Which is pretty decent in this price range.
The Unite 2 also houses 4GB internal memory which can be further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot. Connecitivty options include 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. Additionally, it is a Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) handset with dual standby mode. It is powered by a 2000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 3
Xiaomi has already conducted a few flash sales for the kind of craze its Mi 3 handset has seen over the past few months. And that tells you how the handset is such a popular one in the country.
The Mi 3 sports a 5-inch IPS display offering a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 441ppi pixel density with Corning Gorilla glass protection. It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974AB) processor coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM and it runs a custom interface dubbed MIUI that is a very different take on Android.
The smartphone also features a high-end camera modules. You will find a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording along with a 2MP front-facing camera with similar specs as the rear camera.
The smartphone which measures 114mm×72mm×8.1mm and weighs 145g, also houses a 16 GB internal memory. Connectivity options include 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC and will draw its energy from a 3050mAh battery.