Why to buy a 3G smartphone when you can get a 4G phone for the same cost.
As you know, 4G offers significantly faster data speeds than current 3G services. On top of that Airtel is offering 4G data packs at 3G prices. Other operators are also likely to offers 4G packs at similar prices.
Meanwhile, device manufacturers have also started launching their 4G enabled smartphones in the market. Smartphones with 4G capability are available for even less than Rs 5,000.
So it is always advisable to go for a 4G smartphone. Here we have listed all the smartphones with 4G capability which are available for less than Rs 10,000.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser ZE550KL
ZenFone 2 Laser (ZE550KL) features a 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, Oleophobic anti-fingerprint coating and Corning Gorilla Glass 4 protection. It comes with 2 GB RAM, 16GB of built-in storage that's expandable to 128GB. It also sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with laser autofocus, and a 5-megapixel front camera.
It is powered by the 64 bit Snapdragon 410 quad core processor, Adreno 306 GPU, and ZenUI with Android Lollipop operating system. It is backed by 3000mAh battery.
Huawei Honor 4X
Honor 4X features a 5.5-inch HD display with 720 x 1280 resolution. This Android KitKat based smartphone is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 2 GB RAM. For storage, it has 8 GB of internal storage and a 32 GB expandable storage slot.
The Honor 4X has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has dual SIM support and 4G LTE connectivity on both the SIM cards.
The handset measures 152.9 x 77.2 x 8.7 mm and weighs 165 grams. The phone also has a huge 3000 mAh Li-Po battery which claims to offer 15 hours of 3G talktime.
Lenovo K3 Note
The dual SIM Lenovo K3 Note is one of the most popular smartphones in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment. No doubt it has top-end specs to impress including 4G connectivity, 5.5 inch full HD touchscreen, 1.7 GHz octa core processor, Android 5.0 operating system, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal storage and a 32 GB micro SD card slot.
The 8 mm thin Lenovo K3 Note weighs 150 grams with a 3000 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offers 36 hours of 3G talktime. The handset offers a 13 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and a 5 megapixel front camera.
Promoted as the 'Killer Smartphone', the smartphone comes in yellow, black and white colours and is available exclusively from Flipkart.
Samsung Core Prime 4G
Available for about Rs 9,300, the Samsung Core Prime 4G has two micro SIM card slots of which one offers 4G connectivity while the other has 3G. It has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. This 8.8mm thich handset has a 4.5 inch display with 800x480 pixels resolution.
The Samsung Core Prime 4G has a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM that runs its Android KitKat operating system. For storage it offers 8 GB of internal memory. Besides, it has a 2000 mAh battery, WiFi, NFC, and Bluetooth 4.0.
Moto E (2nd Gen)
The Moto E 4G (2nd gen) has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 Quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz along with Adreno 306 GPU. It runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system.
It features a 4.5-inch qHD (540x960 pixel) display with a pixel density of 245ppi and Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The Moto E 2nd Gen has 1GB RAM with internal storage of 8 GB, 5MP rear camera and VGA front camera.
The handset measures 129.9x66.8x12.3mm, and weighs 145 grams. It is backed by a 2390mAh battery offering 24 hours of talktime on mixed usage.
Xiaomi Redmi 2
It has a 4.7-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) IPS fully laminated display. It is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 and runs on Android 4.4 (KitKat) operating system. It has an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash armed with 5-element lens, f/2.2 aperture, 28 mm wide angle lens, and it can record full HD videos and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
It has support for TD-LTE 2300MHz (Band 40) and FDD-LTE 1800MHz (Band 3) for India for both SIMs. It has USB OTG support and has GPS with GLONASS and Beidou for navigation.
Lenovo A6000 comes with a 1.2 GHz, 64 bit Snapdragon 410 quad core processor, Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system with Vibe UI 2.0 interface, and 1 GB RAM. The A6000 has 8 GB of internal storage and a 32 GB micro SD card slot. The smartphone has a 5 inch display with HD resolution.
Furthermore, the Lenovo A6000 has an 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with LED flash light and a 2 megapixel fixed focus front camera. Most importantly, it has 4G (LTE) capability and comes with Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi as well. It has 4G LTE support, including support for TD-LTE 2300MHz (Band 40) and FDD-LTE 1800MHz (Band 3) for India.
There is a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery with claimed talktime of 13 hours over 3G network. Alternatively, it offers 11.5 days of 4G standby or 11 days of standby on 2G/3G network.
Lenovo A6000 Plus
Lenovo launched a slightly more powerful variant of the popular Lenovo A6000 smartphone. The A6000 plus has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of Internal storage compared to 1GB and 8GB on the A6000 smartphone. It has 4G connectivity, a 5 inch HD IPS display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor and Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system.
Other specifications include an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front camera backed by a removable 2300mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 11 days of standby time on 2G/ 3G and up to 22 hours of talk-time on 2G and 13 hours on 3G.
The smartphone measures 141x70x8.2 mm and weighs 128 grams.
Yu Yureka Plus
Yu Yureka Plus offers a 5.5 inch IPS display with full high definition resolution (1920x1080 pixels) and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.
It is powered by a Octa-Core 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and comes with Cyanogen OS 12 based on Android 5.0 (Lollipop) operating system. It has a 13-megapixel auto focus rear camera along with a 5-megapixel front camera.
Yureka Plus comes with 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of inbuilt storage with microSD card support (up to 32GB), and a 2500mAh battery. It supports 4G LTE bands (TDD B40 2300MHz and FDD B3 1800MHz) in India.
Lenovo A7000 features 5.5-inch HD screen and is powered by a 1.5 GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6752M 64-bit processor and runs on Android 5.0 (Lollipop). It is also the world's first smartphone with Dolby ATMOS support.
It has an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED flash and has a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It has 2GB RAM, 8GB of internal storage and offers an expansion slot too. This dual SIM smartphone has 4G LTE support. The A7000 measures 152.6 x 76.2 x 8 mm, and weighs 140 grams.
Intex Aqua 4G+
The Aqua 4G+ is the first 4G smartphone of Intex. It has a 5-inch HD display with high definition resolution and scratch-resistant Dragontrail glass. It is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor and has Android Lollipop operating system. It has a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The phone weighs 136.5 grams with a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offer 7-8 hours of talktime. It has dual SIM support with 4G support on one SIM and 3G support on the other. Apart from 4G LTE connectivity, the highlight of the smartphone is its support for 21 regional languages.
Intex Cloud 4G Star
Intex Cloud 4G Star has dual SIM support and 4G connectivity with support for LTE bands in India. The handset has the latest Android Lollipop operating system and it comes with a 1.3 GHz MT6735 quad core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM.
The Intex Cloud 4G Star has 16 GB of internal memory and 32 GB micro SD card slot. The handset has a 5 inch touchscreen with high definition resolution. It sports a 13-megapixel rear autofocus camera with LED flash and a secondary camera of 5-megapixel. The handset measures 71x140x9.45 mm and weighs 136.5 grams. It has a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offer 8 hours of 2G talktime.
The Intex Cloud 4G Star comes in Black and Golden colors and is priced at Rs 7,299. It is available exclusively on Flipkart.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
Latest to join 4G bandwagon is Xiaomi's first fully made in India phone - Redmi 2 Prime. Priced at Rs 6,999, the Redmi 2 Prime is an upgraded variant of the Redmi 2. The difference between the Redmi 2 Prime and Redmi 2 is that the former has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory while the latter has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime has a 4.7 inch display with high definition resolution and Asahi Dragontrail glass. The handset measures 134 x 67.2 x 9.4 mm and weighs 133 grams with a 2200 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offer 14 hours of talktime.
Redmi 2 Prime is based on Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system and runs on a 64-bit 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor (MSM8916) with Adreno 306 GPU. Besides, the Redmi 2 Prime has an 8 megapixel rear camera that comes along with an LED flash light and a 2 megapixel front camera. The Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime is backed by a 2200mAh battery.
Available for Rs 6,999 at the time of writing, the InFocus M350 offers a 1.5 GHz 64-bit quad core processor, 5 inch HD IPS display, Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB built in memory, and an expandable storage slot of 64 GB capacity.
This smartphone has dual SIM with 4G connectivity, 8 megapixel rear camera and an 8 megapixel front camera as well. This 146 grams weighing smartphone has a 2500 mAh battery. Besides, it has WiFi, Bluetooth and FM radio.
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Coolpad Dazen 1
Available for Rs 5,999, the Coolpad Dazen 1 offers a 64 bit, 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 410 processor and huge 2 GB RAM. The Android 4.4.4 based device also has decent 8 GB of built in storage. Its 5 inch display with HD resolution, 8 GB internal memory and a 32 GB micro SD card slot. Measuring 141x71.5x9.3mm this device offers WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS and a micro USB port.
The Dazen 1 also has an 8 megapixel rear camera that has f/2.2 aperture and an LED flash light. In the front it offers a 5 megapixel fixed focus camera for the selfie lovers. The Coolpad Dazen 1 comes armed with a decent 2500 mAh battery.
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ZTE Blade Qlux 4G
ZTE Blade Qlux 4G, which costs Rs 4,999, comes with a 4.5 inch IPS display. The handset is powered by MediaTek MTK6732M 1.3 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 5 MP front camera. The handset has a 2200 mAh battery that claims to offer 12 hours of talk time and 250 hours of stand-by time.
Blade Qlux has 8 GB of internal memory which is expandable to up to 32GB. This Android KitKat smartphone is upgradable to Android Lollipop. The smartphone also offers 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth.
Phicomm Energy 653
Phicomm Energy 653 too costs Rs 4,999 and thus shares the 'cheapest 4G phone' tag with the ZTE Blade Qlux 4G.
It has a 5-inch (1280 ? 720 pixels) HD display, a 1.1 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 (MSM8909) processor and 1GB of RAM. This Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system based smartphone offers an 8-megapixel auto-focus rear camera with LED flash and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
Phicomm Energy 653 has 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 64GB), a 2300 mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth and two micro SIM slots. This 8mm sleek smartphone has a rubber textured back surface and is available in black and white.
Yu Yureka has a 5.5 inch IPS display, with a pixel density of 267 ppi. The Yu Yureka comes with Android KitKat (4.4) based Cyanogen Mod OS 11. For those of you not in the know, Cyanogen is an extremely customisable Android based OS. The processing capability of the Yureka, is extremely high, as it has a octa core 1.5 GHz processor with 64-bit architecture and 2 GB of RAM. The internal memory is 16 GB, which is expandable by a further 32 GB via a micro-SD card.
The primary camera of the Yu Yureka is a 13 megapixel unit with 5P lens, Sony Exmor Sensor, f/2.2 aperture, flash, and video recording at 1080p at 30 fps, or slow motion at 720p at 60 fps. In the front of the Yu Yureka there is a 5 megapixel camera with Omnivision sensor and 4P lenses. This dual-SIM device has 4G, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Its 2500 mAh battery can provide up to 8 hours of talk time or 210 hours of standby.
Microsoft Lumia 638
The Microsoft Lumia 638 has a 4.5 inch IPS display with 221 ppi pixel density. The Windows 8.1 device has a quad-core 1.2 GHz processing unit that runs on 1 GB of RAM. The internal memory stands at 8 GB, which can be expanded by another 128 GB if needed. Its 5 megapixel camera has geo-tagging, auto-focus, aperture of F/2.4, and 28 mm in focal length. Unfortunately it lacks a flash and even a front camera. This dual-SIM smartphone has 4G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi, etc.
There is an 1830 mAh battery in the Lumia 638 that claims to provide 19 hours of talk time or 480 hours of standby.
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