Several new flagship models have been launched in India and a couple of mid-range devices are yet to arrive. Meanwhile prices of mid-range devices continue to dip and become affordable. This would be a good time for anyone to buy a decent smartphone, use it for a bit and then pass it on or keep it as a primary device.
Here is a list of deals from different online retailers that offer decent discounts, which creates a huge difference when compared to the launch price. Go through the details of each device and then consider whether it was worth waiting for this discount.
Nokia Lumia 820
Launch Price: Rs 27,559
Deal Price: Rs 21,149
Discount Code: MOBDEALS
Nokia had announced the Windows Phone 8 based Lumia 820 back in January and has now made it available along with other Lumia devices. Featuring a 4.3 inch Amoled ClearBlack display, the touchscreen supports 480 x 800 pixel resolution natively. Measuring 9.9 mm thick, the Lumia 820 packs a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8260A mobile processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB on-board storage space. It has an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, auto focus, and dual-LED flash at the back.
This camera is capable of recording full 1080p HD videos and there is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. The phone also offers dual band WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS support, and a 1650 mAh battery. We reviewed Lumia 820 and found it worthy enough for a change from other mobile platforms. The Lumia 820 can be purchased for as low as Rs 21,149 from the Indiatimes Shopping website.
Samsung Omnia M GT-S7530
Launch Price: Rs 18,650
Deal Price: Rs 13,499
Samsung had announced the first Windows Phone 7.5 Mango version running Omnia M S7530 last year. The Omnia M S7530 is the successor of the Omnia W smartphone. Samsung has used a 4 inch Super Amoled touchscreen display supporting 480 x 800 pixel resolution natively. The Omnia M has a 1 GHz processor but has only 384 MB RAM. By default, Omnia M comes with 8 GB on-board storage and it is a bit surprising that Samsung has offered no micro SD card slot.
At the back of the handset rests a 5 megapixel camera with LED flash to capture quality images and also to record videos. In the front of the Omnia M lies a VGA camera to click self-portrait images. Samsung has promised to update the Omnia M with the upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 update expected in the coming weeks. Samsung Omnia M can be purchased for Rs 13,499 after using a coupon from the IndiaTimes Shopping website.
Samsung Galaxy S Advance GT-I9070
Launch Price: Rs 26,900
Deal Price: Rs 13,050
Galaxy S Advance is an iteration of the Galaxy S smartphone. It flaunts a 4 inch Super Amoled touchscreen display and supports 480 x 800 pixel resolution natively. By default, it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and has just got the Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update. Under the hood, this smartphone packs a dual core ST Ericsson U8500 mobile processor that is powerful enough to provide smooth performance alongwith a Mali-400 MP graphics chip. Samsung has packed 768 MB RAM and offers the same in 8 GB and 16 GB models.
This phone can play popular audio-video formats so one is sorted when it comes to entertainment. It has a 5 megapixel camera that can record 720p HD video and a 1.3 megapixel camera in the front for video calls. The smartphone features a 1500 mAh battery and can be purchased for as low as Rs 13,050 from the Indiatimes Shopping website.
Sony Xperia Miro ST23i
Launch Price: Rs 15,249
Deal Price: Rs 11,590
Sony Xperia Miro is a budget device and comes with a 3.5 inch display. It houses a single core 800 MHz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor paired with 512 MB RAM and 3 GB internal memory that is expandable up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. The Xperia Miro has Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system preloaded and it will not get Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. There is a 5 megapixel rear camera to record VGA resolution videos at 30 frames per second. There is a VGA camera in the front for video calling. Sony has equipped Miro with WiFi, DLNA support, USB on-the-go, and Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR.
The phone offers location based services with the GPS that also features A-GPS support. Music can be enjoyed over stereo FM with RDS. Packing a 1500 mAh battery, the Xperia Miro provides up to 6 hours of continuous talk time on 3G network. Sony launched the Xperia Miro for Rs 15,249 and now the handset can be purchased for Rs 11, 590 from the Shopclues website.
Samsung Galaxy S3 GT-I9300
Launch Price: Rs 43,180
Deal Price: Rs 27,950
Samsung’s third generation Galaxy series smartphone features a 4.8 inch HD Super Amoled display and packs a quad core mobile processor. This display offers 1280 x 720 pixel resolution natively-great for viewing photos and videos. Under a slim chassis it houses a quad core 1.4 GHz Samsung Exynos 4 Quad 4412 mobile processor with 1 GB RAM. It sports a new version of TouchWiz UI, dubbed Nature UX, and has received the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update. Samsung has used an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash next to it for providing enough light in low light conditions.
The 8 megapixel camera has f/2.6 aperture to provide a slightly wider field of view compared to the Apple iPhone 5. The camera is capable of recording both 720p HD and 1080p HD videos smoothly – thanks to the quad core mobile processor. Those who don’t wish to spill loads of cash for iPhone 5 will definitely find Galaxy S III better for imaging. There are other standard features such as WiFi, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS support, different sensors and a 2100 mAh battery, which make the Galaxy SIII last much longer. Launched for over Rs 40,000, the Galaxy S3 can be purchased for as low as Rs 27,950 from the Shopclues website.