Most of us keep a tab on handsets’ prices while delaying our buying decision to buy at the right time to save some bucks.
Here we have compiled a list of such smartphones and tablets that are available in Indian market and have seen a drop in their prices by a minimum Rs 500 in month of August. The list includes 21 smartphones and two tablets.
Sony Mobiles and BlackBerry lead the pack with five smartphones each, whereas Samsung and HTC’s four and three devices respectively have seen a price drop. Apart from that Motorola and Huawei have reduced the price of their two devices each. LG, iBall and Spice have also reduced the price of one of their smartphones each.
Please note that the reduced price that we have taken into consideration is the average price available across different online stores and if you plan to buy one of these, do check in physical retail stores as there is a possibility that you might get some more discounts.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 730
Old price: Rs 25,000
New price: Rs 22000
The tablet comes with Android 3.2, on top of an Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor, 8.9 inch display, 3 megapixel rear camera, 2 megapixel front camera, and 16 GB of internal memory. Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 also comes with 6100 mAh battery and 1GB of RAM.
It has 3G connectivity on the go, though it doesn’t offer SIM calling. At this price it is the cheapest tablet with 3G from any MNC player, with a screen larger than 7 inches. While the 7 inch space is flooded with cheaper 3G tablets, in the 9 inch plus space, there are very few players with 3G offerings.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance
Old price: Rs 22,900
New price: Rs 19,500
The Samsung Galaxy S Advance is the updated version of the popular Galaxy S smartphone. This is the second month in continuation that the handset has seen a price cut.
It comes with a WVGA (854Ã—480) Super Amoled display, a large 4 inch curved glass screen, 1 GHz dual core processor and the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.
It provides 3G download speeds of up to 14.4 Mbps. Besides for connectivity, it has Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi Direct feature that helps connects users to other devices through WiFi access points for easy content sharing. There is a 5 megapixel camera also.
Galaxy Ace Duos
Old price: Rs 13,500
New price: Rs 12,000
Galaxy Ace Duos is an enhanced version of the widely popular Galaxy Ace and as the name suggests, it comes with Smart Dual SIM feature which allows users to swap between the SIMs without turning off the phone. When activated, this feature automatically forwards calls from SIM 2 to SIM 1 when the user is talking on SIM 1 or vice versa, ensuring there are no missed calls.
The Ace Duos has an 832 MHz processor and HSDPA 7.2 Mbps and WiFi b/g/n connectivity. Besides, it has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera, 8.9 cm HVGA screen, Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system and a 3 GB internal memory.
Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1)
Old price: Rs 32,990
New price: Rs 31,990
The Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1) features a dual core 1 GHz processor along with 1 GB of DDR 2 RAM for better multitasking and performance in applications. The Tab 2 features the all new PLS (Plane to line switching) technology based display; this technology allows the display to show superior colours, contrast and even wider screen viewing angles than the existing IPS technology based displays. The 10.1 inch display features a capacitive touch and a 1204 x 800 pixel native resolution.
The tablet is powered by the latest Android ICS 4.0 operating system that not only offers functionality of a tablet but also allows users to use it as a regular smartphone for communications as well.
Sony Xperia Ray
Old price: Rs 16,400
New price: Rs 15,760
Xperia Ray runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3 and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. The phone is quite sleek, with a thickness of 9.4 mm, and it looks gorgeous. This smartphone has also reduced price second month in continuation.
Besides, it has an 8.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R Sony camera technology and HD video functionality, which means that the camera will be one of the best, if not the best, in its class.
Xperia Ray incorporates a front facing camera and a scratch resistant screen with excellent resolution and brightness, and integrated touch keys. The phone is light at just 100 grams. All the other bells and whistles of the smartphone such as WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth and DLNA are all present.
Sony txt pro
Old price: Rs 7,100
New price: Rs 6,350
The Sony Ericsson Txt Pro is ideal for those who are busy chatting and messaging all the time, thanks to its slider Qwerty keypad.
The phone comes with 3 inch capacitive touchscreen (400 x 240 pixels), WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP and 3.5mm audio jack.
It weighs just 100 grams and has an internal memory of 100 MB. It has a 3.2 megapixel camera using which one can also record videos. The 1000 mAh battery gives 400 hours standby time and about 5 hours talk time. However, the Sony Ericsson Txt Pro is not 3G enabled.
Xperia Mini Pro
Old price: Rs 13,000
New price: Rs 12,380
The Sony Ericsson Xperia Mini Pro runs on Android Gingerbread operating system and boasts a 1 GHz processor. The provision of 512 MB RAM allows better multitasking on it. The multi touch feature allows users to enjoy their apps to the fullest extent.
The 5 megapixel camera of Xperia Mini Pro can take pictures at 16x zoom whereas the secondary VGA (video graphics array) camera can be used for video calling. Other features available in the phone include Geo-tagging, document readers, Timescape, face detection and recognition and Mediascape. This smartphone has also reduced price second month in continuation.
Sony Xperia Mini
Old price: Rs 11,100
New price: Rs 10,650
Sony Xperia Mini features a 1 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and is based on Google’s Gingerbread operating system. It also has Sony Bravia Engine for enhanced display on its 3 inch capacitive touch screen which is protected from scratches by a protective mineral glass.
The Bravia engine also allows the Xperia Mini to record High Definition 720P videos from its 5 megapixel camera making it the world’s smallest HD video recording smartphone.
Sony Xperia Arc S
Old price: Rs 23,500
New price: Rs 23,000
Sony Xperia Arc S shares the same sleek design as the Xperia Arc but with a faster Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset with a 1.4 GHz processor.
Based on the Android Gingerbread platform, Xperia Arc S also features the same 4.2 inch LED backlit display with a native resolution of 480 x 854 pixels as the Xperia Arc.
Powered by the Mobile Bravia engine, it delivers better visuals and video performance as compared to other devices. The Xperia S has an 8.1 megapixel camera with HD video capability featuring Sony’s exclusive Exmor R image sensor that enhances still images and videos even in low light conditions.
Motorola Atrix 2
Old price: Rs 22,000
New price: Rs 21,500
Motorola Atrix 2 comes with a 4.3-inch qHD display with a resolution of 540Ã—960, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 8 GB internal memory which can be expanded to 32 GB, 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 0.3 megapixel front camera.
The phone is based on Android 2.3 OS.
Motorola Droid RAZR
Old price: Rs 29,000
New price: Rs 27,900
Motorola Droid RAZR has a 4.3 inch Super Amoled display and comes with dual-core 1.2 GHz processor coupled with 1 GB RAM. At the back lies an 8 megapixel camera.
This smartphone runs on Android 2.3.x Gingerbread update but will certainly be upgradable to the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich whenever it is made available.
HTC Sensation XE
Old price: Rs 28,000
New price: Rs 26,000
HTC Sensation XE runs on Android v2.3.4 (Gingerbread) and has a 1.5 GHz dual core processor with 768 MB of RAM.
The Sensation XE has a 4.3 inch qHD screen with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. HTC has integrated its Sense 3.0 user interface into the phone and that makes the whole experience much better.
It has a powerful rear camera of 8 megapixel sensor with auto-focus feature and powerful dual LED. This camera can shoot images at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Geo tagging is supported on the phone as well. HTC Sensation XE has seen a reduction in price for the second month in continuation.
Old price: Rs 31,500
New price: Rs 28,250
HTC Sensation XL comes with a 4.7 inch display and features HTC Sense UI 3.5 layered on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. HTC has also added Beats Audio technology for better audio output, and bundles a pair of earphones as well.
It has a massive 4.7 inch Super LCD display and comes with 480 x 800 pixel resolution. Sensation XL houses a single-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion MSM8255T mobile processor with Adreno 205 graphics processing unit. This mobile chipset supports dual-channel low-power DDR2 memory clocked at 333 MHz.
HTC Sensation XL as seen a reduction in price for the second month in continuation.
HTC Desire V
Old price: Rs 22,000
New price: Rs 20,950
HTC Desire V is a dual SIM Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phone and comes in GSM+GSM version. It supports dual-band HSPA+ on the primary SIM slot, while the secondary one supports EDGE and GPRS connectivity.
HTC Desire V has a 4 inch WVGA resolution, Qualcomm MSM7227A chipsets, 1 GHz Cortex-A5 processor, Adreno 200 graphics and 512 MB of RAM. The devices also feature a 5 Megapixel primary autofocus camera with LED flash and VGA front camera, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, FM radio, 4 GB storage and a micro SD expansion slot.
BlackBerry Style 9670
Old price: Rs 18,400
New price: Rs 16,000
BlackBerry Style 9670 is a CDMA smartphone. It comes in a flip design and has a full-Qwerty keyboard. It runs on BlackBerry 6 operating system.
BlackBerry Style has an optical trackpad. It also boasts two large displays, an external 2 inch screen with 240×320 resolution for quickly viewing notifications/messages and a high-resolution 2.7 inch internal screen with 360×400 pixel resolution.
Other features of the phone include a 5 megapixel camera with flash and support for video recording, built-in GPS for location-based apps and geo-tagging, WiFi, and an expandable memory slot for up to 32 GB of additional storage.
BlackBerry Bold 9780
Old price: Rs 22,950
New price: Rs 21,950
BlackBerry Bold 9780, which is also popularly known as the Bold 3, features a 2.44 inch screen, 65,000 colour TFT display with a resolution of 480 x 360 pixels offering ample viewing comfort to the users. The ambient light sensor keeps track of the display brightness, offering optimal display readability under different light conditions.
The Qwerty keypad on this device is designed for typing with two thumbs and therefor the keys have a slight angular outward slant that aids fast and accurate typing. It runs on BlackBerry OS 6.0
BlackBerry Curve 3G 9300
Old price: Rs 14,500
New price: Rs 13,500
BlackBerry Curve 9300 has a full Qwerty keyboard that sits below a 2.4-inch screen, with the 2-megapixel camera on the reverse.
Offering 3G connectivity as well as WiFi, the handset promises fast internet browsing while apps and themes can be easily downloaded from the BlackBerry App World.
BlackBerry Curve 9350
Old price: Rs 20,350
New price: Rs 16,500
BlackBerry Curve 9350 comes with 2.44 inch touchscreens but do not feature a touchscreen based display like the older Curve smartphones. Along with BlackBerry 7 OS, Curve 9350 features 512 MB on-board memory, which is expandable up to 32 GB via a micro SD card.
Curve 9350 has 5 megapixel camera with flash but it can only record videos in VGA mode. It also have Near Field Communication chip which allow transactions, data exchange, and wireless connections between two devices in close proximity to each other.
LG Optimus 4X HD
Old price: Rs 34,900
New price: Rs 32,999
LG Optimus 4X HD houses a quad core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra processor with a low power GeForce graphics chip. For smoother operation of Android 4.0 ICS with Optimus 3.0 UI on it, LG has used a 1 GB RAM. By default, this smartphone features 16 GB on-board storage and a microSD card slot to accommodate a memory card of up to 32 GB. Weighing a mere 133 grams this smartphone is only 8.9 mm thick.
In this device LG has used an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash as well as autofocus that is capable of recording 1080p HD video at 30 frames per second. There’s also a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and chat. Other features include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscopic sensor, support for a variety of popular audio-video formats, stereo FM with RDS, WiFi Direct, and DLNA compliance.
Spice Stellar Mi 425
Old price: Rs 10,000
New price: Rs 9,500
Spice Mi-425 comes with Android 2.3 operating system, and 1 GHz processor.
The dual SIM smartphone has 4 inch capacitive touchscreen display. The 3G phone offers Bluetooth, WiFi, and USB connectivity as well. It has WiFi hotspot feature too that allows users to share its internet with other devices by creating WiFi hotspot.
Mi-425 comes with 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash along with a VGA front camera for video chats. Other features include 1 GHz processor, A-GPS, social networking app, instant messenger, music player, and 32 GB expandable memory.
Huawei Ideos X5 Pro
Old price: Rs 13,800
New price: Rs 11,999
Ideos X5 Pro is the successor of Ideos X5. It has 3.8-inch (800Ã—480 pixels) TFT LCD capacitive touchscreen display and is powered by 1 GHz processor. It has 5 megapixel camera with Flash and can record 720p HD videos. The phone runs on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread).
Other features include, 512 MB RAM, 1.5 GB user memory and expandable memory of up to 32 GB via a micro SD card.
The connectivity features include, 3G 14 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 with A2DP, Micro USB 2.0 and A-GPS.
Old price: Rs 12,000
New price: Rs 9,250
Huawei Ideos X5 features a 3.8 inch capacitive touchscreen, an accelerometer and a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash. The Android 2.2 based device accesses broadband internet via WiFi, and HSDPA and HSUPA 3G networks. It is integrated with assisted GPS.
Ideos X5 also has a 4 GB of internal storage space and a 3.5mm headphone jack.
iBall Andi 2
Old price: Rs 10,000
New price: Rs 7,299
The iBall Andi 2 has a 3.5 inch capacitive touch display and is backed by a 800 MHz processor. There is a 3.0 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera.
For connectivity, iBall has provided Bluetooth, WiFi, GPRS and 3G capabilities in Andi 2. The dual SIM phone comes with with dual stand-by feature. Besides, it has also a 1450 mAh Lithium-ion battery, 3.5 mm jack, and micro SD card support.
However, the iBall phone comes with the older Android 2.2 Froyo operating system.