The feature phone segment is not hot anymore, but that doesn't mean there are not enough options for people on a budget. Here are some quality options for less than Rs 5,000.
In a world dominated by smartphones, feature phones have become basic hygiene for phone makers. They need to have them because many people don't have the budget for more expensive phones.
In fact many players like Sony, Motorola and to some extent even LG have more or less been dormant in this space. However, Nokia continues to have some very good options (for Nokia its feature phone segment is a life saver as its smartphones aren't doing really well). And Samsung too has maintained its focus on the segment despite having tasted big success in smartphones.
Indian players on the other hand are focused on bringing smartphones at a cheaper price. Here we have selected the five best phones that you can buy for less than Rs 5,000. All of them are really good quality devices and are feature rich.
Nokia Asha 305 (Rs 4,500)
This dual SIM phone is the latest from Nokia and boasts industry leading quality. The phone has a 3.0 inch resistive touchscreen which is sort of a let-down in this age of capacitive touchscreens. However, quality is great. Nokia has put 7 preloaded games in the phone and another 40 can be downloaded from the Nokia store.
The phone has a 2 megapixel camera which is just ok, but the phone has very decent battery backup of up to 14 hours' talktime.
The upcoming Coolpad Dazen Note 3, as per the company, will be the cheapest smartphone in India with fingerprint sensor.
Unlike the other variants, two of the new models of Zenfone 2 will have 2 GB RAM but brings nifty camera features.
Moto X Play will start selling from August and the Moto X Style will hit the markets in September but there is no information about their availability in India.
At 5.9 mm thickness this is the thinnest smartphone of Samsung but is not the thinnest handset of the world.
Earlier in May this year itself, Vodafone had announced to start 4G trial in five circles Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala.
There have been several interesting phones launched this week, especially in the budget.
The offer is available in all circles of Aircel but at different price points.
On top of that, you could avail Rs 2,000 discount if you exchange your old smartphone for the Moto E (2nd Gen) on Flipkart.
Microsoft has issued a 4G-LTE update in India for eight Lumia smartphones.
InFocus is aiming to have a portfolio of around 10 - 15 devices in the next three months.