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10 Best Mid Range Smartphones to Buy in India: August 2013
More and more tech vendors are coming up with mid-end devices to stay competitive. It wasn't expected from BlackBerry, who recently launched BB Q5 , a mid-level device powered by BB 10 OS in India. Of course, the low-end Curve series still exists simultaneously. Call it as a failure of BlackBerry Z10 or changing market demand, Indian handset market is totally different from mature markets like US, among others.
Take for instance, HTC, who always price its handsets, a little higher than competition. However, this time around the makers have come up with HTC Desire 600, company's most affordable mid-ranged Android powered smartphone with dual-SIM and HTC BoomSound like features. All you need to pay Rs. 25,581 to get HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM.
Same can be said with Japanese giant Sony. Recently, when GizBot interacted with a senior executive over at Sony India to discuss company's portfolio to tackle Indian tech vendors; the executive gracefully told us that even though Sony is a premium player, but the company is also targeting low-to-mid-end market with devices like Xperia M, L and SP.
In the coming days, Nokia is coming up with its Lumia 625 handset in the Indian market. The device has the largest display ever conceived by the makers behind 808 PureView . The phone is said to be priced somewhere around Rs. 14,990, as per inside sources.
Today, we have come up with top 10 most deserved handsets priced between Rs. 12,990 - Rs. 26,990. Take a look!
Sony Xperia M
After Xperia Tipo and E, the makers behind Walkman have come up with another affordable device. The Xperia M is a low -end smartphone with honest features and specifications. The fancy thing about the phone is that the coming of NFC connectivity. It features a 4-inch FWVGA display having resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The phone is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm powered Snapdragon S4 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). There's a 5-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flashlight. Also add VGA quality front facing camera. The device measures 9.3mm in terms of thickness and weighs 115 grams. Being a Sony made phone, the build quality should be top notch. Other connectivity features include: 3G, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean,2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 720p HD video recording, and a 1750mAh Li Ion battery. This particular model supports single SIM. The dual SIM is still not officially launched in the market. Asking price - Rs. 12,990
Micromax Canvas 4
GizBot recently reviewed Canvas 4, and honestly we loved the loved the device apart from its camera. Well, the device is the best handset made by Micromax. The phone looks royal despite its plastic look. Still, it managed to feature in our list is because of its performance and long battery life. The internal specifications are novel considering the handset is priced under Rs. 20,000. Most importantly, the phone comes with solid gesture based features. The Canvas 4 comes with a 5-inch 720p HD display, MediaTek powered quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of ROM ( expandable memory ), a 13-mega pixel camera with Full HD recording , Auto Focus and LED Flash light . Also add a 5-mega pixel front facing camera. Other connectivity options include: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Android 4.2.1 Jelly Beam and a 2000mAh Li Ion battery. The Canvas 4 supports dual SIM.Asking Price - Rs. 19,115
HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM
The HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM is a decent handset with slim trim design. HTC has done a great job, when it comes to design and build quality. This particular handset supports a 4.5-inch Super LCD 2 display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm powered quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via micro SD card), an 8-mega pixel camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 1,860 Li -Polymer battery. Other highlights include: HTC BoomSound, BlinkFeed, Sense 5.1, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and much more. Wait for our detailed review shortly. Asking price - Rs. 25,581
Lenovo IdeaPhone S920
China's Lenovo is trying hard to make its presence felt in the higher -end category. What if K900 didn't succeed in the market? The tech vendor is back with IdeaPhone S920, a mid level Android based handset. It packs a 5.3-inch HD IPS display having resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7, Quad Core processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card), a 2250 mAh Li Ion battery, an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 2MP front facing camera, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS and much more. The IdeaPhone S920 should be priced around Rs. 15,000 considering its internal specifications.Asking price - Rs. 19,999
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini
Galaxy S4 Mini comes with average looking specs and build quality, however, Samsung is making sure to promote this device just like original Galaxy S4. The S4 Mini packs a 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD display having resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core processor is fitted inside coupled with 1.5GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory (expandable up to 64GB of internal memory).For taking memorable pictures, an 8-mega pixel camera is given along with Flash and Auto Focus should be enough. There's a 1.9-mega pixel front facing camera too. It's a dual SIM phone and comes with a 1,900mAh Li Ion battery. The phone measures 8.9mm in terms of thickness and weighs 108grams. Connectivity options are pretty much basic: 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, A-GPS and Bluetooth connectivity.Asking price - Rs.26,990
What's brilliant about the BB Q5 is its fantastic OS. The biggest selling point of BB 10 OS is the integration of BlackBerry services and your social network all integrated at one place. From user interface to Gold standard BlackBerry physical QWERTY key-pad, the BB Q5 is a must buy, if you crave for something different- other than Android or iOS. The only downfall of BlackBerry Q5 is its rear facing camera. The camera performed nicely in the outdoor light, but surprisingly its performance downgraded in the low light and especially indoors. Still, GizBot is impressed with BB Q5.
BB Q5 comes with a 3.1 inches IPS LCD capacitive display having resolution of 720 x 720 pixels at 328 ppi, Qualcomm Snapdragon 4 chipset along with dual-core 1.2 GHz coupled with 2 GB RAM , 8GB of ROM ( expandable via microSD card ), a 5-mega pixel rear facing camera with 1080p HD recording, Auto Focus, and LED Flash. Also add a 2-mega pixel front facing camera, and 2180mAh Li Ion battery. Other connectivity options are pretty standard.Asking price - Rs. 24,990
LG Nexus 4
If one considers price, then surely LG Nexus 4 falls in the mid-end category. It comes with a 4.7-inch IPS display having resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB/16GB internal storage, an 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera , NFC, wireless charging, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and a 2,100 mAh Li-Ion battery. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box. It's the best Nexus phone available in the Indian market.Asking price - Rs. 25,990
Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8
Today, a consumer prefer handsets with large display. And Samsung understood this concept well. That's why the company launched new Mega series dedicated to extra large handsets. The Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a giant 5.8-inch TFT capacitive display having resolution of 540 x 960 pixels at190 ppi , 1.4GHz dual-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 8GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via microSD card), an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera with Auto Focus and LED Flash, 1.9-mega pixel front facing camera, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, 3G, Dual SIM , Bluetooth , 2G, A-GPS, and 2,600mAh Li Ion battery fitted inside. The phone is available in Dual SIM version.Asking price - Rs. 22,990
Panasonic P51 packs a 5-inch display having resolution of 1280×720 pixels at 294 ppi. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean comes out of the box. It features dual SIM functionality. The phone is powered by MediaTek's MT6589 SoC with a quad-core ARM Cortex-A7 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz and PowerVR Series5XT GPU. RAM stands at 1 GB of RAM and 4GB ROM is expandable up to 32GB via external microSD. There's an 8MP camera with Autofocus and LED flash and 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The makers have added a 2500 mAh Li Ion battery. Other Standard features include: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a free stylus included inside the box.Asking price - Rs. 19,536
Nokia Lumia 720
The Nokia Lumia 720 is basically a camera centric phone. Its specs are average; however, camera is insanely awesome. The device comes with a 4.29 inch display having resolution of 800 x 480 pixels at 217 ppi. The phone is powered by dual core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. There's a 6.7 megapixel with Auto Focus and an LED flash. Also add a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera. The Lumia 720 is powered by Windows Phone 8 OS with connectivity to Windows promoted app store. The makers have added a 2000mAh Li Ion battery. The internal memory is expandable up to 64GB via microSD card. Features like 3G, Wi-Fi, and GPS are built-in. The device comes in single SIM variant. Asking price - Rs. 16,990