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4G smartphones available in India

Many more devices are set to be launched in India next year as soon as operators roll out their 4G network in their respective circles.

Currently the Indian market is flooded with connectivity enabled smartphones but only a handful is meant for 4G networks. In India, five operators have been given license to roll out 4G network of which only Videocon Telecom will roll out its 4G network on FD-LTE version. All others – Aircel, Airtel, Reliance Jio, and MTNL – will launch TD-LTE version of 4G and that too in the 2300 MHz band.

Videocon will roll out 4G in 1800 MHz band. It is to be noted that world over, different frequency bands of 4G (both TD-LTE and FD-LTE version) have been adopted and a phone has to be compatible with that particular frequency of 4G. This is why many handset makers have so far refrained from launching their 4G enabled smartphones in India which are not compatible with the 2300 MHz band of TD-LTE.

Currently, only Airtel (in few circles) and Aircel (who has started offering 4G on trial basis in some areas) are offering 4G services. But in 2014, all the remaining telecom operators are expected to offer 4G services atleast in some key circles of their. Also, many handset makers are just waiting for the network to be rolled out to launch their own 4G smartphones. But meanwhile, if you are in a hurry and want to be ready for the 4G, you can get your hands on few smartphones that have been launched in India and are compatible with TD-LTE network offered in 2300 MHz band.

Xolo LT900

This is the first smartphone with 4G (TD-LE) compatibility to be launched by any Indian handset manufacturer. Available for Rs 16,999, the Xolo LT900 comes with a 4.3 inch touchscreen display with 1280×720 pixels (high definition) resolution. This display is said to have protection and 5 finger touch support. The LT900 has 4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system and is run by the 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core processor. To assist the processor, the Xolo LT900 is armed with 1 GB RAM. The phone has 8 GB of internal memory (around 5 GB is expected to be available for the users) and has 32 GB expandable storage slot.
4G handsets available in India
Most importantly, this single SIM based smartphone has 4G-LTE connectivity and ofcourse it is compatible with 3G networks. Besides, the Xolo LT900 has WiFi (b/g/n) and 4.0 for connectivity. It has a good looking 8 megapixel rear camera which is said to be capable of recording full (1920×1080 pixels) videos. There is a 1 megapixel camera in its front. The Xolo LT900 comes with a 1810 battery which claims to provide 14 hours of 3G talktime (no mention about 4G talktime). It measures 66×128.7×9.8 mm and has features like GPS, noise and echo cancellation, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer, ambient Light Sensor, and proximity sensor.


Gionee Elife E7

It too was recently announced for India and will be available from January next year. It is compatible with 4G standards of India and comes with high end features. Note that the phone comes in two versions- one with 16 GB internal storage and 2 GB RAM and the other with 32 GB internal storage and 3 GB RAM and with LTE connectivity.

The LTE version is priced at Rs 29,999. Apart from these, the two versions have no other differences.
4G handsets available in India
The Elife E7 comes with 5.5 inch full HD display. It has Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 2.2 GHz Snapdragon Qualcomm 800 processor, 16 megapixel rear camera, 8 megapixel front camera, Bluetooth, and WiFi. Most importantly, the phone is being marketed by Gionee as the “best Android camera phone” till date.

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