Smartphones have come a long way since they became available to common public almost two decades ago. While broadband adoption rates continue to remain fairly steady in the emerging countries; however, use of smartphones to browse the web have been increasing at a faster rate.
2014 looks to be important year for low-end phones. India, one of the fastest growing markets in the world, will exhibit the highest smartphone sales growth among the countries.
In its latest report, IDC said that the smartphone shipment India nearly tripled last year compared to 2012. In total, 44 million smartphones were shipped in India, mostly in low-end segment, marking a big increase from 16.2 million in 2012.
It is widely believed that local brands have played a key role in uplifting consumers' shift from feature phones to smartphones. However, not many are aware that some of the high-profile international vendors have already started selling affordable yet feature rich smartphones under Rs. 10,000 price slab. Yes, it's true.
Take the Nokia X, for instance. It's the model that is neither priced low nor high in India. Also, it features Google's Android OS-which means you can run thousands of apps for free. Priced at Rs. 8,599, the Nokia X is expected to sell in large numbers in India.
Other than the Nokia X, consumers can look forward to the Nokia Lumia 525. The phone is indeed a terrific handset. The phone's biggest differentiator is that it runs Windows Phone 8 plus a decent battery life to boast off. Priced at roughly around Rs.10,000, the Lumia 525 is so far the best low-end Windows Phone available in the market.
In our story, we take a look at some of the top rated budget smartphones to buy in India under Rs. 10,000. Happy weekend!
This is Nokia X, a 4-inch smartphone running Google's Android operating system. The low-end handset is inspired by Nokia's previous handsets. The phone runs Android OS, but the makers have added their own services on top. Users won't be able to access Google Play store, instead you have to rely on Nokia store to download thousands of apps. Nokia says 75% of Android apps will be usable on Nokia X.
The device features a 4-inch WVGA display having a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Processor, backed by 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. There's a 3MP fixed focus camera on the rear side of the device. Besides being a dual SIM handset, it also supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS connectivity options. The Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered handset has a 1500mAh battery fitted inside. Go for it!
Priced at Rs. 10,000, the Gionee GPad G3 is a solid looking phone. With a massive 5.5-inch ( 480 x 854) display, now you watch your favorite movies any time, any where. Under the hood, it features a super fast 1.2GHz quad-core processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be later expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The makers have added a 2250mAh battery, which should last for hours. This Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powered handset packs a 5MP rear-facing camera , and a VGA qualit front facing shooter.
Meet Nokia Lumia 525, the best rated Windows Phone 8 powered handset in India. Although Windows Phone OS still has a long way to go to full maturity, but this very phone is glaring example of simplicity. The device features a large 4-inch ( 480 x 800) LCD display, 1GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM , 8GB of ROM, expandable storage up to 64GB, 5MP rear-facing camera, 3G, Wi-Fi and 1430mAh battery fitted inside. What's more, the handset runs Windows Phone 8 OS out of the box. Nokia Lumia 525 is now available online at Rs. 10,140 in multiple colors.
Sony has been doing well in the high-end handset market. However, the same cannot be said its low-end oferings, especially, when it comes to offering handsets under Rs. 10,000. After quite some time we're seeing a brand new Android-based phone at a price point of Rs. 10,000. The Sony Xperia E1, a legitimate successor to the original Xperia E1, is now available online for just Rs. 9,990.
The device features a 4-inch WVGA display featuring 480 x 800 pixels, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean mobile OS. Under the hood, you will notice a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8210 processor coupled with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card slot.
On the imaging front, the Xperia E1 incorporates a 3-megapixel camera sensor with 4X zoom and an option to record videos in 720p HD format. Unfortunately, there the phone does not come with a front-facing camera. The Xperia E1 packs 100 decibel (Db) speakers, which is something to reckon with. Additionally, the Sony Xperia E1 features a 1,750mAh removable battery fitted inside. This 3G supported handset comes in three lustful colors: Purple, Black and White.
Chinese smartphone maker Lenovo is also not far behind when it comes to offering affordable handsets under Rs. 10,000 price slab. The Lenovo Ideaphone A706, for instance, offers above average specs. Priced at Rs. 9,760, the Android-powered handset packs a 4.5-inch ( 480 x 854) display, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, microSD card support up to 32GB, 5MP rear-facing camera, 0.3MP front facing shooter, Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi , amongst other features. The makers have added a 2000mAh battery fitted inside.