The year 2014 got off to a good start as far as mobile phones are concerned. In the first month of this year, 12 handsets were launched in India including some high end devices. This means every second day, a new phone was launched in the country in January.Here is a list of handsets that were launched last month in India.
Intex Aqua Octa
Intex Aqua Octa comes with a 6 inch display with High Definition resolution. But most importantly, it is the first smartphone to be launched by an Indian company with an octa core processor - a 1.7 GHz clockspeed based processor. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The smartphone arrives with the MediaTek True Octa-core solution and is priced at Rs 19,999. The Intex Aqua Octa has 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal memory. Intex has used a 6-inch display made from One Glass Solution; this display supports 720p (HD) resolution.
Nokia Lumia 525
Nokia Lumia 525 is the second cheapest Windows Phone 8 operating system based handset of Nokia. It comes with a 4 inch IPS LCD display with 800x480 pixels resolution. This 9.9 mm thick smartphone has 1 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It has healthy 8 GB internal storage and 64 GB expandable storage slot as well. The Lumia 525 has a 1430 mAh battery which is claimed to provide 14 days of standby, or 16.9 hours 2G talktime, or 10.6 hours of 3G talktime. The 3G handset has WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and micro USB 2.0 for connectivity. There is a 5 megapixel rear camera with f/2.4 aperture in the Lumia 525.
Nokia Lumia 1320
The Nokia Lumia 1320 comes with a 6 inch display but has 720p (HD) resolution unlike full HD (1080p) of the former. Besides, the Lumia 1320 comes with a dual core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 mobile processor as opposed to the quad core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 of Lumia 1520. It is priced at Rs 23,999.
Nokia Asha 503
The Nokia Asha 503 is a 3G phone and comes with a 3 inch touchscreen. This display has Gorilla Glass protection (perhaps the cheapest phone to have the scratch resistant glass). Armed with accelerometer and proximity sensors, the Nokia Asha 503 comes with the Asha platform, 5 megapixel rear camera with flash, 32 GB expandable memory slot, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 1200 mAh battery.
Spice Mobiles Smart Flo Mettle 3.5X
Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5X is available for Rs 6,499.This dual sim (2G+2G) smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.3 GHz dual core processor. As the name suggests, the phone comes with metal finish. Besides, Spice Smart Flo Mettle 5X comes with 4 GB ROM and 512 MB RAM which is expandable upto 32 GB through a micro SD card. It has an 1800 mAh battery that claims to provide 4 hours of talktime and up to 150 hours standby.The phone has 8 megapixel rear camera along with an LED flash, 5 inch screen, and a 1.3 megapixel front camera.
iBall Andi 5.5N2
iBall Andi 5.5N2 is a quad core phone priced at Rs 14,999.It has a 5.5 inch display which comes with 1280x720 pixels (high definition) resolution. This dual SIM handset is armed with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. It runs on a a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. This smartphone has 4 GB of internal storage of which around 2 GB is expected to be available for users but it has also a 32 GB micro SD card slot.
Lava Iris Pro 30
Lava Iris Pro 30 has beenn launched for Rs 15,999. It has 4.7 inch IPS display screen, 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and 2000 mah battery. Lava Iris Pro 30 runs on Android 4.2 and has a quad core processor.
Xolo Mobiles has launched a successor of the Q700 smartphone - Q700S. The new device flaunts a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display and is powered by a quad-core mobile processor. Xolo has loaded the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on it and has given it a metallic finish to give it premium look. The Q700S is mere 8.9mm thick and will be sold for Rs 9,999 in India. Xolo Q700S smartphone seems to be slotted between the Q700 and Q700i released last year. The new Q700S touts a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 480x954 pixel resolution. This smartphone is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582M mobile chipset paired with dual-core Mali 400 MP2 GPU and 1 GB RAM. The Q700S like several other budget devices offers only 4 GB on-board storage and a memory card slot to accommodate up to 32 GB microSD card.
Karbonn Titanium S5i
Karbonn Titanium S5i comes with a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen but with FWVGA (854x480 pixel) resolution. It comes in deep blue colour and has a 1 GHz dual core processor, dual SIM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 512 MB RAM, and 32 GB micro SD card slot. The Karbonn Titanium S5i has a good looking 8 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. Also it has a 2000 mAh battery. Moreover, this 3G phone comes with WiFi, GPS, and Bluetooth.
iBall Andi 4.5 Ripples 2G
The iBall Andi 4.5 Ripples 3G is priced at Rs 5,499. It has a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with 854x480 pixel resolution. This smartphone is powered by dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 mobile processor. At its back, there is 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. It also has a front camera. The Andi 4.5 Ripple runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 512 RAM. It comes packed with 4 GB on-board storage.
Iball Andi 4.5 Ripples 3G
The iBall Andi 4.5 Ripples 3G is priced at Rs 6,399. It has a 4.5-inch touchscreen display with 854x480 pixel resolution. This smartphone is powered by dual-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 mobile processor. At its back, there is 5 megapixel camera with LED Flash. It also has a front camera. The Andi 4.5 Ripple runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and 512 RAM. It comes packed with 4 GB on-board storage.
It was arguably one of the noted launches of last month as it marked the entry of Oppo, a Chinese handset giant, in to India with this phone which is considered as the world's first smartphone with a rotating camera module. The 5.9 inch display bearing Oppo N1 (16 GB) is steeply priced at Rs 39,999 and comes with 1.7 Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 mobile processor, ColorOS based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 13 megapixel rotating camera, a 3610 mAh battery, and 2 GB RAM. You can read its Hands on report here.