Budget smartphones are taking over the market. With almost every major mobile manufacturer churning out their budget offerings, the competition is fierce than ever. But with so many options, we are the benefiting lot. Here are top 10 budget smartphones for the month of August 2014 -
1. Xiaomi Mi 3
Price: Rs.13, 999
The phone got wiped out within the first 40 minutes of its launch on Flipkart. All thanks to its top notch features and stunning looks at a very, very affordable price. The Mi 3 packs in a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor paced at 2.5GHz mated with 3GB of RAM and runs Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box. The thing that's sets it's apart is its native UI –MIUI. Layered on top of the KitKat, the MIUI is simply lag free and extremely user friendly. The design is super slick and can compete with any premium phone more than twice its price. It's 13 MP camera with f/2.2 aperture and dual-LED flash pulls off brilliant shots in both bright as well dim light conditions. HDR videos come out pretty well as well. The 2MP front snapper does justice to outdoor shots.
2. Motorola Moto E
Price Rs. 6999
At Rs 7000, Motorola has a clear winner in its court. A milder version of the equally successful Moto G, the Moto E offers a lag free Android experience and a sharp 4.3" IPS screen with 540x960 pixel resolution. The phone runs Android Kitat and is one of the cheapest Motorola smartphone to feature Corning's Gorilla Glass. Its 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor is coupled with 1 GB of RAM and ensure seamless user interface. 4 GB of internal memory is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD. The 5 MP rear snapper is not that great, but looking at the price tag it's not as bad either.
3. Nokia Lumia 630 (Single SIM)
Price: Rs. 10193
The Lumia 630 packs in a 4.5-inch IPS screen with 480x854 pixel resolution, ClearBlack polarization filter and Gorilla Glass 3 protection glass. The processor packs in a punch with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 400 quad-core chipset coupled with a decent 512 MB RAM. The 8 GB internal storage is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. It's 5 megapixel camera that does justice to outdoor and bright light shoots while the other usuals are Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 1830 mAh battery. Also the Windows Phone 8.1 OS has been optimized which makes the phone run lag free.
4. Asus Zenfone 4
Price: Rs. 5, 999
The Zenfone 4 is a bang for every buck! The Asus offering features a 4-inch WVGA TFT touch screen with an added capacitive multi touch panel for lag free screen interaction. It 1.2 GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2520 processor coupled with a 1GB RAM ensures seamless UI navigation. The phone runs Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) with layered Zen UI and is upgradable to Android 4.4 KitKat OS. There is a 5MP rear snapper and a VGA front facing camera. Other features include- Dual SIM 8GB / 16GB internal memory, 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and a 1600 mAh Lithium Battery.
5. Micromax Canvas Elanza
Price: Rs. 7, 286
The Canvas Elanza is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor mated with1GB RAM and runs on Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS out of the box. The best part about the phone is its 5-inch qHD capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. For photography, there is a 5MP rear camera coupled with LED Flash and a 0.3MP VGA front camera. 4GB internal memory is expanded up to 32GB via microSD card and the phone also supports Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby support. Other features are 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth and GPS. It comes powered by a 1950 mAh battery.
6. Karbonn Opium N9
Price: Rs. 8,990
Karbonn has always been on the forefront of manufacturing worthy budget smartphones and the Opium N9 stands the part. The Opium N9 packs in a 5-inch1280 x 720 pixels HD IPS display, runs Android JellyBean 4.2 and is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with a 1GB RAM. Other specs are Dual SIM compatibility, 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, 2MP front-facing camera, 4GB internal memor, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2000 mAh battery.
7. Spice Stellar Mi-600
Price: Rs.9, 999
The Spice Stellar Mi-600 packs in a massive 6-inch IPS display with a resolution of 960 ×540 pixels. The device runs Android KitKat out of the box and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Its 8MP rear camera with LED Flash performs decently in varied light conditions and the 3.2MP front snapper is not bad either. The 4GB internal memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card while other options include 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP, GPS / aGPS.
8. Nokia XL
Price: Rs 9,719
The Nokia XL created much hype upon launch and has proven to be quiet a decent phone as well. At Rs 9,966 the phone features a 5.0 Inch, 480x800 pixel display and runs Android v4.1.2 Jelly Bean. It sports a Dual core 1000 MHz processor, a 5 MP primary camera, a 2 MP Secondary camera, Dual SIM, 3G, WiFi and 4 GB Internal Memory.
9. The Canvas Fire A093
Price: Rs 6,290
The Canvas Fire A093 with a 4-inch (800 x 480 pixels) IPS display and comes powered by a 1.3 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) OS. Other specs include: Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby, 5MP rear camera with LED Flash, 0.3MP front-facing camera, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD, 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and 1750 mAh battery.
10. Xolo Q1100
The Xolo Q1100 makes a comeback on our list from last month. The phone has a 5-inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with an amazing resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and supports 16M colors. The phone runs Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS with1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core processor coupled with 1GB RAM. Its 8MP primary camera has top shelf features like HD video recording, auto focus, geo tagging, and panorama effects.
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