The Indian smartphone and tablet market is seeing an unprecedented competition among manufacturers. The emergence of online retailers has further spiced up the battle. The e-retailers, in order to increase their sales volume, are offering products with deep discounts. Our this weeks’ top 5 deal story is yet another indication of that.
This time we targeted the affordable segment – i.e. the devices available under Rs 20,000. Also we have included both tablets and smartphones in this list, depending on the deals’ lucrativeness. Also note that we are here talking about the e-retailers only and you may or may not get these devices from offline retailers for much less.
Deal Price: Rs 13,999
Current market Price: Rs 15,000+
Those who want a decent voice calling tablet in the mid-range segment, can consider the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211. Fortunately, this tablet is now available from Flipkart for just Rs 13,999 while most other e-retailers are offering it for more than Rs 15,000.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 comes with single SIM connectivity using which you can make calls as well as access 3G network. Anyway, this tablet has WiFi as well for internet access. Besides, the Tab 3 T211 has Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi Direct, WiFi hotspot, DLNA, and a micro USB port for connectivity.
Not only connectivity, the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 T211 also provides decent performance with its 1.2 GHz dual core processor and 1 GB RAM. It is based on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and has 8 GB of internal storage. You can use up to a 32 GB micro SD card in its expandable storage slot.
The tablet has a 7 inch LCD touchscreen with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It has a 3 megapixel camera in the back and a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front. It is armed with a 4000 mAh Li-Ion battery which claims to provide 20 hours of talktime. Besides, this 9.9 mm thick tablet has GPS and GLONASS for navigation.
Deal Price: Rs 12,299
Current market Price: Rs 13,000+
Dealer: Amazon India
This deal is available on Amazon India website. Note that most other e-retailers are offering the phone for more than Rs 13,000.
The Xolo Q1000S comes with a 5 inch display with HD (1280×720 pixels) resolution. Its HD IPS screen with OGS display technology which makes colours more vibrant and touch-screen more responsive.
Besides, it has 1.5 GHz quad core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front camera, 1 GB RAM, and 16 GB internal storage. Its rear camera can record videos in full HD (1080p) resolution. Other features of camera are scene detection & tuning, high dynamic range (HDR), low light enhancement, face recognition( for focusing as well as in gallery), panorama capture and geo tagging. It can capture up to 99 shots through its burst mode feature so that you don’t miss any moment.
The Xolo Q1000S has Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi, and GPS. Xolo Q1000S has a 2500 mAh battery, that claims to provide music playback time up to 53 hours (via internal speakers) and up to 34.6 hours (via wired headset). Xolo in a press release further claimed that it offers stand by time of up to 425 hours on 3G and up to 327 hours on 2G, talk time of up to 22.5 hours on 2G and up to 12.5 hours on 3G.
Deal Price: Rs 4,999
Current Market Price: Rs 6,000+
This tablet comes with a 7 inch touchscreen with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It is armed with a 1 GHz Dual Core MT8317 processor which is assisted by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and 512 MB RAM.
The Lenovo A1000L has 8 GB of internal storage and has expandable storage slot that can accomodate a micro SD card of upto 32 GB capacity. The tablet has also a decent looking 3500 mAh Li-Po battery which claims to provide 400 hours of standby or 8 hours of WiFi internet browsing or 6 hours of video playback.
For connectivity, the Lenovo A1000L has WiFi. Note that it has no SIM connectivity and hence no voice calling is possible and you have to use its WiFi for internet connectivity only. Thankfully this tablet has got a micro USB port with OTG support; thus you can use a pen drive via an OTG cable to extend its storage.
Xolo Play Tab 7.0
Deal Price: Rs 6,300
Current Market Price: About Rs 8,000
Dealer: Amazon India
Amazon has yet recently discounted the Xolo Play Tab 7 with which it has now become the cheapest Nvidia Tegra 3 processor based tablet. The Nexus 7 (2012) version is the second cheapest Tegra 3 tablet in India which is now available for around Rs 9,000.
The Xolo Play Tab 7 comes with the powerful 1.2 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor and the 12-core Nvidia ULP GeForce graphics processing unit. It has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, 1 GB DDR3 RAM, 8 GB internal storage, and 32 GB expandable storage slot. Its 7 inch IPS display also comes with decent 1280×800 pixels resolution.
Besides, the Xolo Play Tab 7 has a 2 megapixel front camera but it has no rear camera. The tablet is armed with a 4000 mAh battery. This 10.6 mm thick tablet has Bluetooth 4.0 and micro USB port for file transfers. It has WiFi connectivity for internet connection.
Lenovo Idea Tab A3000
Deal Price: Rs 11,969
Normal Market Price: Rs 14,000+
This tablet features a 7 inch touchscreen display with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It comes with dual SIM slot and offers voice calling as well as 3G internet connectivity as well.
The Lenovo Idea Tab A3000 has Android Jelly Bean operating system, 1 GB DDR2 RAM, and a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor. The tablet has 16 GB internal storage and an expandable storage slot that can accomodate upto a 32 GB micro SD card.
Besides, the Idea Tab A3000 has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 0.3 megapixel front camera. It has a decent looking 3500 mAh Li-Po battery that claims to offer 8 hours of internet browsing or 336 hours of standby. The Lenovo Idea Tab A3000 also comes with WiFi, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, micro USB port with OTG support, and a 3.5 mm jack. It is just 11 mm thick and weighs 350 grams.