In the smartphone arena, the Rs 10,000 – Rs 20,000 segment is hotly contested as it is the convergence point of flagship products of Indian companies and that of mid-range devices of MNC brands. Thus choosing a phone in this price range is very tricky.
Thus, this week, we offer a list of smartphones that fall in the range of Rs 10,000 and Rs 20,000, and are available in India.
Micromax surprised everyone by roping Hugh Jackman, famous for his role as Wolverine, as the brand ambassador and launched the new Canvas Turbo A250 smartphone. Micromax has powered it with a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T mobile processor and 2 GB RAM. The handset has a 13 megapixel rear camera which is assisted by an LED flash at the back.
The Canvas Turbo has a 5-inch IPS LCD display with full 1080p HD native resolution. This smartphone packs 16 GB on-board storage and also has a 5 megapixel camera in the front for video calls. The Canvas Turbo runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update and can run most apps smoothly. There is a Stereo FM radio for music enthusiasts and the other features include WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with APS support, Accelerometer, Compass, and a non-removable 2000 mAh battery. This dual SIM device has been launched in India for Rs 19,999.
Nokia recently announced the Lumia 625 smartphone which comes with a 4.7-inch IPS LCD touchscreen display. This touchscreen has 480×800 pixel resolution and is manufactured using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology to save it from wear and tear. This smartphone is powered by dual-core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8930 system-on-chip and 512 RAM. It has a 5 megapixel autofocus camera and LED Flash.
This camera can record full high-definition videos. The Lumia 625 has a front facing VGA camera as well. Nokia Lumia 625 has 8 GB on-board memory and can hold up to 64 GB micro SD card. Nokia Lumia 625 also comes with a bunch of Lumia exclusive apps and has regular features like WiFi, Bluetooth, FM Radio and GPS with A-GPS as well as GLONASS.
The Lumia 625 smartphone has a 2000 mAh battery and runs on Windows Phone 8. You can read its full review here. This smartphone was launched for Rs 19,999 but can now be purchased for as low as Rs 14,300 after adding discount code from Shopclues website.
Xolo Q1000S comes with a 5-inch IPS LCD display with 720p HD native resolution. This smartphone packs a quad-core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MTK 6589T mobile processor with PowerVR SGX544 graphics and 1 GB RAM. By default, it offers 16 GB on-board storage without a card slot and runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with very little customisation.
The Q1000S features 13 megapixel camera at the back with LED flash. The front facing 5 megapixel camera covers wider angles and aids in video calls. The reason we like this smartphone is because it packs 2500 mAh battery that can be juiced out for longer time because this is not a dual-SIM smartphone. Other features integrated on this smartphone are WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, proximity sensor, accelerometer, compass, FM Radio, and micro USB 2.0 port.
Check our review of the XOLO Q1000S to read more on the device. XOLO introduced this smartphone for Rs 16,999.
Sony Xperia SP touts a 4.6-inch touchscreen display with 720p HD natively resolution. The display is powered by Mobile Bravia Engine 2 technology and is manufactured using Corning Gorilla Glass technology.
Though the Xperia SP is just 9.98 mm thick, it is a bit heavy at 155 grams. Sony Xperia SP houses a dual-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro MSM8960 mobile processor and 1 GB RAM. This smartphone is set to get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update. Sony Xperia SP features an 8 GB on-board storage and a memory card slot for up to 32 GB micro SD card. Sony has added 8 megapixel camera at its back with LED Flash and autofocus capability.
This camera is capable of recording full HD videos along with other fancy camera features. It has a front facing VGA camera for standard quality video chat. Other essential set of features includes dual-band WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, GPS with A-GPS as well as GLONASS support and Stereo FM with RDS (radio digital service). Sony has packed a 2370 mAh battery to make the phone run longer. Sony Xperia SP comes pre-loaded with Sony Music and Sony LIV apps for streaming multimedia. Sony had introduced the Xperia SP for Rs 27,490 and can now be purchased for just about Rs 20,231 from Indiatimes Shopping. This the only exception in our list that hovers around the upper limit – Rs 20,000.
HTC may have shifted its focus from Windows Phone 8 but the flagship 8X smartphone continues to deliver stable performance. The HTC 8X features a 4.3-inch Super LCD 2 display that supports 1280×720 pixel resolution natively. Measuring 10.1mm thick, the HTC 8X has a nice feel offering built. It houses a dual-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 mobile processor with 1 GB RAM. The HTC 8X packs GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS support for better location locking.
At its rear, there is an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash to click high quality images and record 1080p HD videos. HTC has packed 1800 mAh battery pack in the handset which comes in four colours – California Blue, Graphite Black, Flame Red and Limelight Yellow. Read our thoughts on the HTC 8X here HTC launched Windows Phone 8X in India last year for around Rs 35,000, it is now available for as low as Rs 17,999 from Flipkart Website.