Budget-conscious users can afford a dream smartphone without spending big money
Budget-conscious users have never had it so good. They can buy their ‘dream’ phone for under Rs10,000. There are several good handsets with features matching those of premium brands.
Although there are plenty of options for buying a smartphone under Rs10,000, we will stick with larger memory (RAM), good internal storage (bigger the better) and display (at least, HD or 720dpi). Here is a short list for you.
Asus Zenphone 5 (16GB memory)
With the recent price cuts, this device from Asus has become more affordable. Earlier, it was selling at about Rs13,000. The handset features an Intel atom processor, 5-inch display, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable to 64GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 8MP camera. It supports dual SIM. The only issue with this device is that it comes pre-loaded with Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) and is upgradeable to 4.4 (KitKat). A slightly outdated device (in terms of operating system-OS), but value for money!
Redmi Note 4G
This device from Xiaomi (Mi) boasts a 5.5-inch screen, 4G LTE (speed of 150 MBps HSDPA), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary (for selfie) camera, Qualcomm 1.6Ghz Quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory (expandable up to 64GB), 3100mAh battery and supports single SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Android 4.4.2 (KitKat) as base with MIUI 5.0 interface.
Microsoft Lumia 535
This handset comes with Quad core processor and supports dual SIM. It comes pre-loaded with Windows phone 8.1 OS and a document editor. It has 5-inch display, 5MP cameras as primary and secondary, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 128GB), Corning gorilla glass 3 and 1905mAh battery. Lumia devices are gaining popularity among youngsters, especially those looking for something different (read Android devices).
This is the first handset to feature Dolby Atmos sound enhancement system. Lenovo A7000 is a dual SIM device with 8MP primary and 5MP secondary camera. It has True8Core 64-bit octa core, 5.5-inch HD screen, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2900 mAh battery and comes pre-loaded with Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It supports 4G.
Moto E (2nd Gen) 3G
The second-generation handsets from Motorola are a great buy and value for money. Especially now that these devices support memory expansion through microSD. Moto E (2nd gen) features 1.2GHz Qualcomm Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 2390 mAh battery, 4.5-inch screen, 5MP primary and 0.3MP secondary camera and dual SIM. Main advantage of Moto devices is support from Google. This means that these devices can get the latest OS ahead of other handsets.
This is probably one of the best smart handsets under Rs10,000. This device is from Yu Technologies, a unit of Micromax. It supports 4G LTE, comes pre-loaded with CyanogenMod 11S OS (upgradeable to 12 or Lollipop) that is based on Android. Yureka features Qualcomm Quad core processor with 64-bit support, a 5.5-inch HD screen, Corning gorilla glass 3, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB), 13MP primary and 5MP secondary camera, dual SIM and 2500-mAh battery. Certainly one of the best devices in the market at present and, if you are a techie, you would enjoy the customisation and security features offered by CyanogenMod OS.