The Indian smartphone and tablet market is seeing 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.
LG Optimus G
Normal Price: Rs 22,000
Deal Price: Rs 16,999
The LG Optimus G is being sold by most e-retailers for around Rs 22,000 but Shopclues is offering it for Rs 16,999 and if you put a coupon code – SCSPCN7 â€“ you will get Rs 700 off on the listed price as well which will effectively bring down its cost to Rs 16,299. Note that it was launched in India in the first part of 2013 for around Rs 35,000. We then had reviewed it as well and were impressed with its performance. Click here to read its review.
The LG Optimus G comes with a 4.7 inch display with 1280×768 pixels resolution. It has the mighty 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad core processor, Adreno 320 GPU, and huge 2 GB RAM. The Optimus G has huge 32 GB internal storage. Besides, it comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera. Its 2100 mAh battery promises 15 hours of 3G talktime.
Samsung Galaxy S5
Regular Price: Rs 51,499
Deal price: Rs 48,355
Dealer: The Mobile Store
It was formally made available in India just two days back for Rs 51,499 but thanks to The Mobile Store’s coupon scheme (put coupon GLXS5 on credit and debit cards), the phone can be purchased for just Rs 48,355. Note that the Galaxy S5 is Samsung’s first flagship smartphone to feature water and dust resistance capability . Besides, it also comes with a fingerprint sensor which can be used by interacting with the new TouchWiz user interface.
The 8.1 mm thick and 140 grams weighing Samsung Galaxy S5 features a 5.1-inch full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen display with 1920×1080 resolution. This display has been made using Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for strength and resistance against usual wear-tear. Samsung has powered it with a quad-core 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 mobile processor, Adreno 330 GPU and 2 GB RAM. Samsung added the new TouchWiz User Interface over the Android 4.4 KitKat in the Galaxy S5.
At its rear, Samsung Galaxy S5 has a 16 megapixel camera that can record full HD videos and even Ultra HD 4k resolution videos. There is an LED flash besides the rear camera as well. The rear camera has a 1/2.6-inch sensor and features face detection, autofocus with quick 0.3 second speed. Samsung has placed a 2 megapixel camera in the front of the phone for HD quality video calls.
The Galaxy S5 supports 4G LTE networks to offer speeds of up to 150 Mbps (theoretically) and dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n/ac) support includes the new Download Booster feature for faster downloads at up to 400 Mbps. Samsung has also added the WiFi Direct feature to connect with supporting devices. Bunch of sensors on the smartphone includes Accelerometer, Gyro, Proximity, Compass, Barometer, Hall, RGB ambient light, Gesture, Fingerprint and Heart Rate Sensor.
Other features of the Samsung Galaxy S5 include Bluetooth 4.0, ANT+, Infrared LED, Near Field Communication and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support.
Samsung Galaxy S5 will be offered with 16 GB on-board storage and a memory slot to hold up to 128 GB MicroSD card. Supporting micro USB 3.0, the Galaxy S5 packs a 2800 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Neo
Launch price: Rs 16,490
Deal Price: Rs 11,460
Dealer: Amazon India
It too was announced this February for Rs 16,490 but now is available from Amazon (amazon.in) for Rs 11,460.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Neo comes with a 7 inch display with 1024×600 pixels resolution. It is armed with a 1.2 GHz dual core processor, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and 1 GB RAM. It has 8 GB internal storage and 32 GB micro SD card slot. Both the devices will be available in India towards the end of this month.
The Galaxy Tab 3 Neo has only a 2 megapixel rear camera. It has a 3600 mAh battery.For connectivity, the tablet comes with WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, and USB 2.0. It has GPS and GLONASS for navigation as well. The tablet measures 116.4 x 193.4 x 9.7mm and weighs 310 grams.
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra
Launch price: Rs 25,990
Deal price: Rs 23,580
Dealer: The Mobile Store
It was launched just this March but is now available from The Mobile Store for Rs 23,580.
The Xperia T2 Ultra has a 6-inch TRILUMINOS display that sports HD resolution. It has a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8928 mobile chipset, 1GB RAM and 8 GB on-board storage. You can use a micro SD card of up to 64 GB capacity in its expandable storage slot.
Xperia T2 Ultra has a 13 megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile sensor at the back and offers HD video recording as well as 4x zoom. Sony has added several new features in the camera department. Some of these include – Portrait Retouch for make-up effects, Collage for creative photo collages, Background Defocus by blurring the background, Timeshift burst allows 31 photos in two seconds before and after pressing shutter and finally, Sweep panorama.
Sony has also loaded it with the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. There is a 1.1 megapixel camera with Exmor R image sensor. Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual with a 3000 mAh non-removable battery which can be used with the STAMINA mode to get long run time.
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra and Xperia T2 Ultra dual competes with the large screen smartphones such as Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3, Huawei Ascend Mate and freshly announced Samsung Galaxy Grand 2.
Regular Price: Rs 24,000
Deal Price: Rs 17,990
Dealer: The Mobile Store
Once launched for a hefty price of Rs 43,499, the BlackBerry Z10 is now available from The Mobile Store for just Rs 17,990.
It features a 4.2-inch LCD touchscreen display with 1280×768 pixel resolution. Inside its 9 mm chassis, rests a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960 mobile processor, 2 GB RAM and 16 GB on-board storage. It has a micro SD card slot as well.
At the rear, BlackBerry has packed an 8 megapixel camera with auto focus, LED Flash and 5X digital zoom. This camera can be used to capture high quality images and also record full 1080p HD videos. BlackBerry Z10 also features a 2 megapixel front facing camera with 3X digital zoom and 720p HD video recording ability.
Apart from that, the BlackBerry Z10 packs dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor, Gyroscope, Magnetometer, Ambient Light Sensor and Near Field Communication chip. There is also a micro HDMI out port along with micro USB port.
BlackBerry Z10 comes packed with an 1800 mAh battery that promises talk time of up to 10 hours and standby time of up to 305 hours on 3G network. This smartphone promises audio playback for up to 60 hours and video playback for up to 11 hours.