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There are very few things that are as confusing as buying a budget smartphone in the Indian market. Given the sheer number of choices, variants and price points, the average consumer is often left shell shocked by a barrage of options. Adding to this price segment, Samsung and Micromax have rolled out two handsets that will go on to compete for your money.
First off comes the Samsung Galaxy Pro, which was listed earlier today on Homeshop 18. It uses a 4-inch WVGA (480x800 pixel) display. Under the skin, it uses a 1GHz Cortex-A5 processoralong with 512MB of RAM. The device offers internal storage of 4GB. And yes, you can expand it up to 32GB via microSD card. For imaging, there's a 2-megapixel rear camera. It comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM), a feature that's become mandatory in the eyes of the Indian smartphone buyer of late. The device retails at Rs. 6989.
Up next, we have the Micromax Bolt A40, which has been priced at Rs. 5,299. A norm that we've seen when comparing phones from the two brands, Micromax offers betters specs on its handsets at a cheaper price when compared to Samsung. This simple strategy has allowed them steadily eat into the South korean Electronic giant's market in India for a while now.
Starting with its display, It has a 4.5-inch TFT screen with 480×854 pixels. The handset packs a Spreadtrum SC6820 processor clocked at 1GHz, with 512MB of RAM, 512MB of internal memory and 32GB of expandable memory on microSD. For imaging, Micromax has provided two cameras, a 2MP shooter in the rear and a 0.3 MP camera up front. With its 1500mAh battery, the company promises 4.5 hours of talktime and 175 hours of standby time. It comes pre-loaded with Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread.
So which one do we recommend? If you're on a tight budget, then the Bolt A40 offers a lot for its price point. However, if you don't mind the extra cost, the Star Galaxy Pro is a great option as well.