The Rs 10,000 â€“ Rs 20,000 smartphone segment is one of the fiercely contested one in India. The segment is dominated by Indian manufacturers so far but off late MNC brands have also launched few attractive smartphones in this segment as well. Here we have listed five best devices in this segment.
As I said above, the segment is dominated by Indian manufacturers but Motorola’s Moto G has completely changed the segment. Moto G comes in two versions â€“ 8 GB and 16 GB; the 8 GB version is priced at Rs 12,499 while the 16 GB model costs Rs 13,999.
The Motorola Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution. The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating too that provides some protection against the normal wear and tear. Its replaceable and colourful back panels have also created a stir in the market.
The Moto G is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 mobile chipset, Adreno 305 GPU, and 1 GB RAM. Motorla Moto G measures 11.6 mm thick and weighs 143 grams. Note that Moto G does not have a memory card slot, so you have to carefully choose from its 8 GB and 16 GB versions. Currently, it has Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system but Motorola has released Android KitKat update for it just a day back.
At the rear, Moto G packs 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash along with imaging features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face-detection, panorama and HDR. The camera can record HDR videos and videos at 720p (HD) quality. In the front, it has a 1.3 megapixel camera for making video calls.
Motorola has packed WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) in the Moto G for faster mobile web experience. Moto G supports quad-band HSPA+ network for faster mobile internet and can accommodate a micro-SIM module. Other features of Moto G include Bluetooth 4.0, USB Host, micro USB 2.0 and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS. The smartphone has a good looking 2070 mAh non-removable battery.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
For Samsung fans, the Galaxy Grand Neo is definitely a better choice than the older Grand Quattro or Grand 2. Also, though its 5 inch display has only 480×800 pixels resolution, it is one of the best handsets in terms of storage: it has 16 GB internal storage and an expandable storage slot that can hold up to a 64 GB micro SD card.
Besides, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM. It comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. The phone has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera and an LED flash at the rear while a VGA camera is in the front. The 9.6 mm thick smartphone (143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6mm) weighs 163 grams. It has a decent looking 2100 mAh battery which claims to provide 11 hours of 3G talktime. It has Accelerometer, Compass, and Proximity sensors. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has WiFi with WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, Kies, and micro USB support. It has also GPS with GLONASS support for navigation.
This handset also supports 12 Indian languages and Samsung has also announced that Vodafone will offer 1 GB of free data per month for a period of two months and this offer is valid if you purchase it before May 31 this year.
It is the third octa core processor bearing Android smartphone in this price range after Micromax Canvas Knight and the WickedLeak Wammy Passion X. However, we opted the Aqua Octa as the other two were plagued with performance issues. However, design wise, the Micromax Canvas Knight is a much better choice.
The Intex Aqua Octa comes with a 6 inch display with high definition resolution. It is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and has the 1.7 Ghz Mediatek octa core processor. The processor is assisted by Mali 450 GPU and huge 2 GB RAM. With such a combination, it can be termed as one of the most powerful handset under Rs 20,000.
Besides, the Intex Aqua Octa has 16 GB internal memory, a 32 GB micro SD card slot, 2300 mAh Li-ion battery, 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 5 megapixel front camera.
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Micromax Canavs Turbo
Micromax introduced the Canvas Turbo A250 smartphone with fanfare by roping a Hollywood star as a brand ambassador. The Canvas Turbo A250 is powered by a quad core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T mobile processor which is paired with 2 GB RAM. Micromax has used 5 inch IPS LCD display with full 1080p HD native resolution in the phone which is quite a feat for a mid-tier device.
The Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 features a 13 megapixel rear camera which is assisted by an LED flash at the back. The phone has a 5 megapixel wide-angle camera in the front for video calls too. Apart from its 16 GB on-board storage, the phone comes with 32 GB micro SD card slot as well.
Canvas Turbo runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update. For music enthusiasts, there is a stereo FM radio in the phone which has WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with APS support, accelerometer, compass, and a non-removable 2000 mAh battery as well.
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Last but not the least is the recently launched Xolo Q1010i. The reason for choosing this is its camera â€“ it comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera with Sony’s Exmor R sensor which has been hailed for its imaging capability and is being used in many high end smartphones as well (we thus hoping it to be a great camera phone in this range).
Priced at Rs 13,499, the Xolo Q1010i offers a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720×1280 pixel resolution. The display has been constructed using the One Glass Solution technology and Asahi’s scratch resistant glass. The Q1010i is powered by a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MTK6582 mobile processor and Mali-400MP graphics processing unit.
It comes integrated with an 8 megapixel camera comprising of Sony Exmor R image sensor with f/2.0 aperture and LED Flash. Xolo Q1010i has 1 GB RAM inside and offers 8 GB on-board storage. Besides, it has a memory card slot that can support a micro SD card of up to 32 GB capacity. Xolo Q1010i has the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system but the company has promised Android 4.4 KitKat update for it as well. Other than that the phablet comes with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS.
This dual SIM smartphone comes packed with a 2250 mAh battery that promises 9.7 hours of run time.