Consumer interest in buying updated feature rich smartphones has remained strong despite the economic slowdown. In a report by IDC, tech vendors shipped 12.8 million smartphones in Q3 of 2013 compared with 3.8 million sold in the same period of 2012.
Therefore, it is hard to assume that Indian consumers are not buying latest and most updated handsets. Moreover, the smartphone market is expected to show similar trend in the near future.
More and more brands have started taking the Indian smartphone market in a serious manner. For instance, Apple, the world's most valued tech company, has apparently asked the Indian government to relax the clause in FDI policy that requires companies to source at least 30% of the goods to be sold from local partners.
Reportedly, the makers behind iPad Air have reportedly spent a cool Rs 25 crore advertisement campaign in India to promote its iPhone 5S and 5c.
If the iPhone 5S maker has been smitten by the potential of Indian mobile users, Sony, another big player, will focus its energies in reaching out to potential smartphone buyers in smaller tier-2 and tier-3 markets, with affordable products.
Thus looking at the craze of handsets in India, we've prepared the list of top 5 handsets that are worth buying under Rs. 20,000. If you think that we have missed out on a worthy handset that should have been included in the list; do let us know in the comments section below the story. Happy weekend!
Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini A200
The Canvas Turbo Mini A200 incorporates a 4.69-inch IPS display having a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Under the hood, there is a 1.3GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card slot. The Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean powered handset features an 8-megapixel camera with Auto Focus and an LED Flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear-facing camera is capable of recording videos in 720p HD format. The makers have added a 1,800mAh battery fitted inside. Other connectivity features include: 3G, Wi-Fi, Dual SIM, Bluetooth, A-GPS, amongst others. Recently, Micromax announced a massive price cut on the Canvas Turbo Mini A200. The phone, Canvas Turbo Mini A200, cost users around Rs. 12,000.
Motorola Moto G (16GB)
The Motorola Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch screen having a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and is powered by 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box. On the camera front, there is a 5MP rear-facing camera with Auto Focus and an LED Flash. In the front, there is a 1.3MP front-facing snapper taking selfies. Priced at Rs. 13,999, the Motorola Moto G (16GB) is worth every penny.
The Lenovo P780 is a power packed phone with long lasting battery. It comes with a massive 4000mAh Li-Ion battery inside. On the specs front, expect a 5-inch display with resolution of 1280 X 720 pixels ,a quad -core MediaTek MT6589 processor, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, W-CDMA/GSM connectivity, 1GB of RAM , 8GB of internal storage , expandable storage via a microSD card slot . Users can get the Lenovo P780 at a price point of Rs. 16,878.
The BlackBerry Z10 comes comes with a 4.2-inch display having a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixel. It is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of non-board storage (supports expandable internal memory). There's an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. Other connectivity options include: HDMI port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 3G and a removable 1,800 mAh battery. The Z10 is now available at Rs. 16,972.
Sony Xperia C
The Xperia C features a 5-inch qHD display having resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It incorporates a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 chipset (MG SGX544 graphics) coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM (expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card). The phone also comes with an 8-mega pixel rear facing camera with Sony's Exmor R lens and a single LED Flash. Also add a VGA quality front facing camera for taking selfies . of Xperia C was The handset runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean mobile OS. Other connectivity features include: 3G, dual SIM, Wi-Fi, micro USB 2.0, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2390mAh Li Ion battery. The Xperia C is available for Rs. 18,999 via various online shopping sites