This week was pretty amazing one as we got to see the unveiling of numerous products from various tech firms via the Computex 2014 that was held in Taipei and also WWDC 2014. At the Computex, most of the tech firms like HP, Dell, Intel, HP and other made an impressive announcements. On the other hand, Apple also made few announcements at their own event like the new iOS 8 and new Mac OS the OS X Yosemite.
In India, the scene was pretty different. Apart from HP, none other manufacturers made any announcements. However, in the smartphone segment, the country got to see the advent of the handful of devices.
Chinese smartphone makers like Gionee and Huawei launched their latest smartphones called the Pioneer P2S and Honor 3C respectively. While Nokia also made its Lumia 630 available in India. And obviously, homegrown makers like Xolo and Spice also released theirs called Q1200 and respectively. Moreover, BSNL has also introduced one of the cheapest camera featuring feature-phone in India as well.
Aanyways, today, GizBot has come up with 5 best smartphones that got launched this year. Most of them are available already and the best part is that all these devices are pretty affordable as well. You can take a look at the pricing and specs of these smartphones in the sliders below:
The Gionee Pioneer P2S comes with a 4.0-inch (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and Mali 400 GPU coupled with 512 MB RAM. It runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS. There is a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing shooter as well.
Connectivity options include 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPS and obviously it is a Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) handset with Dual Standby. The company has used 4GB of internal memory that can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. It is powered by a 1600 mAh battery.
The Xolo Q1200 comes with a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display and it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 MP2 GPU. For multi-tasking purposes, you will get a 1GB RAM in the device and the Q1200 runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), which according to the company is upgradable to Android 4.4 (KitKat).
The handset is also pretty much a great imaging device as it uses an 8MP rear camera with Dual LED Flash and Sony Exmor R sensor. Moreover, at the front you will also get to see a 2MP unit. Xolo has offered an 8GB of internal storage in the device which can be further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options include 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG. It is powered by a 2,000 mAh battery.
The Lumia 630 has got a 4.5-inch IPS display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, coupled with 512MB of RAM and 8GB of native storage, which can be further expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card slot.
There's a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera without an LED Flash. Unfortunately, the makers have not added a front-facing camera. It runs on Windows Phone 8.1 OS. The phone is features 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, HERE Maps and a 1,830mAh battery.
The Huawei Honor 3C comes with a 5-inch LTPS display having an HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor with Mali 400 GPU coupled with 2GB RAM. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI 2.0 UI layered on top of it.
On the camera front, there's an 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony BSI sensor and f/2.0 aperture. The device also has a 5MP front-facing camera with 22mm wide angle lens, 1.4um large pixel sensor and F2.4 aperture. As far as native storage is concerned, the phone offer an 8GB of on-board storage, which can be later expanded via a microSD card. Other connectivity options include: 3G, Wi-Fi, Dual SIM, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 2300mAh battery and more.
Spice Stellar 360, the 3G touch and type QWERTY phone comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA display (480x320p). It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core processor and a Mali 400 GPU coupled with a 512 MB RAM. It sports a 3.2 MP camera with a 1.3 MP front camera and comes with pre embedded applications such as Whatsapp, BBM, Opera, Twitter and utility apps like Spice Cloud, Getit, and OLX. BBM to BBM free voice call can be enjoyed through this phone.
Spice Stellar 360 has an inbuilt memory of 4 GB ROM which can further be expanded upto 32 GB with a microSD card. Owing to the 3G connectivity this smartphone offers faster browsing experience and lightning speed download, keeping pace with the demand of the GenX. Moreover, this is a dual SIM Android Jellybean smartphone.