With the increase in competition among smartphone makers, numerous new brands have arrived in this segment during July and August, bringing prices down.
Numerous new brands have arrived in the smartphone segment, thus bringing prices down. Only some time ago, users had to spend more than Rs 15,000 for features such as the ability to install and uninstall apps, push mail, multi-tasking etc. All this is now possible for less than Rs 10,000.
Here is our list of top smartphones available for less than Rs 10,000. The technology market is changing rapidly all the time so the choices may vary with time. Also, these prices are the approximate market price, and may be slightly different depending on the retailer.
Spice MI 310
The bar shaped MI-310 has a big capacitive touchscreen which measures 3.5 inches but runs with a slight lag. There is a track pad at the bottom of the screen. The phone runs on Android 2.2 Froyo and there are five home screen options which can be customised simply by dragging and dropping.
Multi-tasking works well on the phone. This means that it is actually possible to run several apps simultaneously on the phone. Unlike smartphones with similar specifications the handset doesn't slow down even if you run several apps at once.
It runs a 600 MHz processor, which looks average, but when it is considered with the actual performance of the phone and the price, it looks all right. It is available only in brown colour, which may be a sore point for some style conscious users who would like more choice.
When it was launched the Micromax Andro A70 was among the most keenly awaited, especially due to its expected price, which was around Rs 8,000. Some technology blogs believed it would be just a minor upgrade over the existing Micromax Andro A60, but the improvements turned out to be better than expected.
Nokia E5 has a robust design and body. In addition it has a good battery and a physical Qwerty keypad. It runs on a 600 MHz processor, 256 MB of RAM and Symbian S60 operating system.
The interface is just like that of the older S60 phones there is no auto focus in the camera and no support for video calls. Most users require mobile phones for calls, texting and email management and Nokia E5 does the job admirably.
Sony Ericsson W8
The phone weighs just 115 grams, has a 3.2 inch HVGA (half size video graphics array) capacitive touch screen, though the best part is its 1 GHz processor, which is much better than the other phones we have talked about so far.
Social network lovers would love to know that it has deep Facebook integration, which means it can be accessed from almost any area of the phone, be it a music player, phone book, picture gallery or even calendar.
LG Optimus One arrived with the target of providing one big Android hit for LG, and it has succeeded in doing just that. It is not a super star but for those users who are looking for the benefits of an Android smartphone at a decent price, LG's Optimus One fits the bill perfectly.
It runs on a 600 MHz processor, just like most of the other phones on this page. Everyday tasks such as emailing, messaging and browsing are a breeze, but those who are used to high end smartphones will obviously notice the lack of punch.
This week too the Indian market saw several launches, which we have listed below.
However, the Lenovo owned company has not said anything about the LTE version of Moto E (2nd Gen).
The cheapest Motorola phone just got better.
One more week and you will see a range of new age devices at the Mobile World Congress.
The Android 5.0 update has been rolled out for the affordable Android One devices in India.
Samsung is expected to unveil the handset at the Unpacked event which starts from March 1.
Various variants of Zenfone 2 has already been reported which is now said to be launched in India in the second quarter of this year.
The phones will come out of the box with Android Lollipop and 3G and 4G versions will be available.
The Microsoft Lumia 640 rumoured to have quad core processor, 8 GB ROM and other such decent features.
Ofcourse, like the 64 GB version, it too will be available via Amazon.in and has the same specification as the 64 GB variant except the storage.