The month of August 2013, made quite an impression on the smartphone market in India. Since the beginning, the smartphone world got to see a lot of launches at varied price points. Sony Xperia Z Ultra made it's debut this month followed by a lot of other budget smartphones from Lava and Celkon. Also, Maxx Mobiles shocked the market by coming up with 15 different devices on Independence Day.
Further, this time after launching A107+ just few days ago, Celkon has once again thrown another budget friendly handset call Campus A60 in the Indian market. The handset is a close sibling to its older Campus A63 which was launched few weeks back at the price of Rs. 4,499.
However, this latest Celkon Campus A60 is currently selling on online retail at the price of Rs. 5,200. Moreover, handsets in this price category are getting accumulated in a voracious manner. Recently, Lava 3G 356 and 3G 402 and Max Mobiles also came with a line up of handsets falling in the same category. Still there are many like Videocon A24 and others.
Here is a brief rundown on the specs of Campus A60 smartphone:
Celkon Campus A60 comes packed with a 4.5 inch Capacitive Touch Screen display which offers a 480 x 854 pixels FWVGA resolution. The handset runs on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich platform and is powered by 1GHz processor coupled with 256 MB RAM.
One can find a 3.2Mp camera at the rear end of the Campus A60 while video calling can be made from the front facing VGA camera. Besides being dual SIM handset, other connectivity options include, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPRS and microUSB. However, this phone lacks on 3G connectivity that is most popular and important feature.
Celkon Campus A60 houses a bit lesser 512 MB ROM ehich can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Eventually the entire system of the 4.5 inch phone is powered by a 1400mAh battery.
The handset is sure to face its share of trouble in the market since devices like Nokia Asha 501, Lava, Micromax and others have already been making the most out of the same market. Further, the A60 comes with an older version of Android and lesser RAM while devices from other domestic manufacturers are giving the similar handsets with at least 512 MB RAM at the same price. Thus it is quite possible to be a thrashed by the Indian biggies.
Moreover, here below in the slides, one can find the latest 4 handset that has been launched in August followed by a conclusion on the last slide.
The Fly F40+ is an ultra low-end Android smartphone. The specifications are pretty much expected considering the phone costs Rs. 4,999 in the Indian market. The device packs a 4.0-inch WVGA display having resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1GHz single-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM( expandable up to 32GB via microSD card). Android 2.3 Gingerbread comes out of the box. There's a 3-mega pixel camera at the back and VGA camera on the front. No 3G connectivity mentioned in the specs sheet, but consumers can take advantage of Wi-Fi. The Fly F40+ is a dual -SIM phone. Lava is set to introduce Dual Core processor and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean powered smartphones under Rs. 5,000.
Lava 3G 356
Lava 3G 356 packs a 3.5-inch HVGA display (480 x 320). The phone is powered with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor coupled with 256MB of RAM and 512MB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card). There's a 1.3-mega pixel camera along with 3G connectivity, dual SIM, 1,500mAh Li Ion battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device is now available in three colors: White, Black and Grey. Asking price - Rs. 4,499.
Lava 3G 402
Lava 3G 402 comes with a 4-inch WVGA display having resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. It packs a 1.2-GHz dual-core processor coupled with 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card). The phone supports dual SIM phone and 3G connectivity. There's a 3-mega pixel rear facing camera on the back and on the front VGA quality camera is given. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box. The handset measures 11.4mm in terms of thickness and weighs including 124grams battery. The makers have added a 1,500mAh Li Ion battery inside. The Lava 3G 402 is priced at Rs. 5499. Users can choose the phone in three colors: White, Grey and Red.
Maxx MSD7 3G AX50
Maxx MSD7 3G AX50 comes with a 5 Inch Capacitive Touchscreen display which offers a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and also features 187 ppi pixel density. The phablet runs on Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and is powered by 1 Ghz Dual Core Processor coupled with 512 MB RAM. There is a 4 GB internal storage capacity that can be expanded up to 32 GB. Other features include, 5MP rear camer, VGA front camera, GPRS, EDGE, WiFi, WiFi HotSpot, Bluetooth, 3G and Dual SIM capability. Eventually the phablet is powered by a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery. The handset is priced at Rs. 6200.
Top 5 Budget Smartphones Launched in India in August 2013, Priced Below Rs 5,500
Looking at the specs of all the handsets that have been recently launched in India in the low price range category, it is pretty evident that the Maxx 3G AX50 is quite attractive. Since, the handset comes with a 5 inch display and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 it is quite reasonable to opt for this device. Although the price of the handset is Rs. 1,000 more compared to other in the line up, the phone is worth the cost. However, If in case of one has tight budget to meet, Lava 3G 402 would be a good decision.