The Indian smartphone market is one of the most exciting and happening in Asia, if not the world. We have quite the open market in terms of handset makers heading over in hope of successful business.
Smartphone makers such as Samsung and Sony have already analyzed the market in their own terms. And although Sony's presence moves from time to time, Samsung has been one of the most consistent names in the market in recent times.
The Indian market is currently being monitored by a host of handset makers both inside the country and out. However, in terms of recent times, it seems like Samsung is still in the lead with two new, surprising names also joining in: Micromax and Xiaomi.
Micromax, while emerging out of India, has become a household name in the country. In fact, the company's greatness has reached such levels that it now brings out handsets simultaneously in markets based in Romania and Russia.
Xiaomi, on the other hand, has its own special charm in the market. The Chinese handset maker is easily on its way in becoming one of the top names in the business. And with its impressive Mi3 offering, backed by the very special MIUI interface, we can hardly see things going wrong for the maker in the long run.
All three of these companies are expected to do big before the end of the current year. But while that's so, which are the handsets from the company, under the 20k price barrier, are expected to do even better with the clock running down?
We take a closer look!
Micromax Canvas Knight
Priced at Rs. 18,501, the Canvas Knight from Micromax has made quite the name for itself in the smartphone market. The handset comes with a 5-inch IPS display offering a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. It sports a full aluminum body casing adding style and sturdiness to the device.
The Canvas Knight boasts a MediaTek 2GHz Tru Octa-Core MT6592T processor coupled with a 2GB of RAM. Sadly, it runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean), which is quite an old OS if compared with the latest KitKat version.
There is a massive 16MP rear camera paired with OmniVision's CameraChip sensor and a new generation M8 Largan Lens, through which users can record videos at a resolution of 1920 x 1080pixels at a speed of 30frames/second.
Also the rear camera comes with voice command capabilities wherein a user just needs to say ‘Cheese' or ‘Capture' to click images while on-the-move. It also delivers a full HD 1080p video recording and playback functionalities.
Also there is a 8MP front-facing snapper which is rarely seen in smartphones these days. Connectivity options remain regular with the inclusion of 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS support and yes, it is a Dual SIM compatible handset. The device which measures 7.3mm thick draws its energy from a 2350 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom
The Galaxy S4 Zoom is priced at Rs. 19,99 via Flipkart. The handset boasts of a 4.3 inch qHD Super AMOLED display (960x540), 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB Internal memory which can be expandable up to 64GB via microSD cards, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Infrared port and a 2,330 mAh battery. The phone weighs 208g.
The device is basically a dedicated camera phone. It has a 16MP CMOS Sensor with 10x optical zoom, OIS and built-in Xenon flash. There's a 1.9-mega pixel front facing camera too. There are plenty of other software additions to make the device more intuitive.
Micromax Canvas Gold
The Micromax Canvas Gold is yet another addition to Micromax's growing popularity in terms of handsets. Priced at Rs. 19,999, the Canvas Gold A300 comes with a 5.5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display. It is powered by a 2 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6592T processor coupled with a 2GB RAM and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat).
There's a 16-megapixel auto focus rear camera with Sony sensor, LED Flash and a 5MP front-facing camera as well. Connectivity options include: 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and it is a Dual SIM handset with dual standby mode.
In the storage front, users will get 32GB internal memory (25GB for mass storage and 1.5 GB for applications). It is powered by 2300 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo
Available at Rs. 20,699, the Galaxy S3 Neo is quite similar to the previously released Galaxy S3, with the only difference being that the Neo version comes with dual SIM capabilities.
Apart from that, however, the Samsung Galaxy S3 Neo sports a 4.8-inch HD (1280×720 pixels) Super AMOLED display and is also powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core processor that's coupled with 1GB of RAM.
Also included in the device is an 8-megapixel rear camera, alongside a 1.9-megapixel front camera. There's 16/32GB internal storage that is expandable up to 64GB and a 2,100mAh battery.
Xiaomi Mi 3
Xiaomi, as we mentioned before, is one of those Chinese companies that are here to stay. The company's very impressive Mi 3 handset sports a 5-inch IPS display offering a full HD resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) and 441ppi pixel density with Corning Gorilla glass protection.
It is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974AB) processor coupled with 2GB DDR3 RAM and it runs a custom interface dubbed MiUI that is a very different take on Android.
The smartphone also features a high-end camera modules. You will find a 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor, f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording along with a 2MP front-facing camera with similar specs as the rear camera.
The latest Xiaomi smartphone which measures 114mm×72mm×8.1mm and weighs 145g will house a 16 GB internal memory. Connectivity options include 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz), WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC and will draw its energy from a 3050mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas Turbo
The Canvas Turbo comes with a 5.0-inch CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) IPS display offering a FHD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. The latest Canvas Turbo runs on Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS and is powered by a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589T processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
It features an array of sensors like Light Sensor, Motion Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Magnetic Sensor and Gyroscope Sensor. Talking about the imaging technology, users will find a 13-megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, very much similar to the Canvas 4's.
The rear camera is also capable of recording video at full HD resolution. The users can find a regular set of connectivity options which include 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, aGPS.
Apart from that, the handset also has a Dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) support with Dual Standby (One standard SIM and one Micro-SIM). The Canvas Turbo houses 16 GB of internal storage capacity of which only 12.47 GB is user accessible and it comes with a full aluminum casing.
The latest phablet which measures 8.66mm thick draws its energy from a 2000 mAh battery.
Xiaomi Redmi Note
The Redmi Note Phablet sports a 5.5-inch display with 720 pixel IPS support. The device has 2 GB of RAM coupled with 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592 octa-core processor. It has 8 GB of onboard storage and a micro-SD card slot that supports another 32GB.
The device runs on Android 4.2 that has been optimized with MIUI version 5. Apart from that, the device sports a primary 13MP rear camera with LED flash, alongside a 5MP snapper at the front of it.
The phone is juiced via a massive 3200mAh battery. So don't worry about running out of juice in the middle of the day.