If you were planning to buy a smartphone under Rs. 10,000 a couple of
years ago, then there were only a handful of options that were
available. Moreover, those few handsets too were not really worthy of
the tag 'smartphone'.
However, things have changed
dramatically now. There are not only Indian brands that are trying to
get affordable, feature-packed smartphones to the Indian masses but even
companies such as Samsung, Sony and Nokia are trying to make sure that
they address the needs of price sensitive consumers.
that it's now getting difficult for one to pick up the right
smartphone, this gifting season we bring you the list of Top Five
smartphone under the Rs. 10,000 price bracket that are currently
available in the market.
1) Samsung Galaxy Music Duos
had started selling smartphones at the fag-end of December for Rs.
9,199 through its official store. However one can find it on some of the
leading online retail websites for Rs. 8,990.
Music Duos is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) smartphone that comes with 3.0-inch
QVGA screen. Other features of this smartphone include 800MHz Qualcomm
Snapdragon, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal storage (expandable by another 32GB)
and Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). It comes with 3-megapixel rear
camera and a 1300mAh battery. It is available in two colour options
Ceramic White and Splash Blue.
Samsung in October 2012 had
announced Samsung Galaxy Music (single SIM version of this smartphone),
but there's no word yet on when that'll be launched in India.
2) Sony Xperia tipo/ Sony Xperia tipo dual
had launched Sony Xperia tipo and its dual SIM variant Sony Xperia tipo
dual in September 2012. Sony Xperia tipo is now available at a street
price of Rs. 8,990 and Xperia tipo dual for Rs. 9,990.
tipo sports a 3.2-inch TFT display with 480x320 pixel resolution. It is
powered by is 800MHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and run on Android
4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich). Other features include 512MB of RAM, 2.5GB of
internal storage (expandable up to 32 GB via microSD). There is a
3.2-megapixel autofocus rear camera on board.
3) Nokia Lumia 510
Lumia 510 is the cheapest Windows smartphone available in the market.
It carries the price tag of Rs. 9,999 and comes with a 4-inch WVGA
screen. It is powered by 800MHz Qualcomm processor along with 256MB RAM
and 4GB internal storage. There is a 5-megapixel rear camera on board.
only read drawback for this smartphone is that it runs on Windows Phone
7.5, and will get an upgrade only to Windows 7.8, which means no
Windows 8 for this baby.
4) BlackBerry Curve 9220
in April 2012, BlackBerry Curve 9220 is an interesting smartphone to
look at especially if you want to connect with their BlackBerry
Messenger Gang. Available for Rs. 10,990 this is slightly above our
cut-off, but worth looking at nonetheless.
Some of the
notable features of this smartphone includes 2.44-inch TFT Screen,
2-megapixel camera, 1450 mAhbattery, 512 MB internal memory (expandable
up to 32 GB via microSD). BlackBerry Curve 9220 is powered by 800 MHz
processor with 512MB of RAM.It runs on BlackBerry OS 7.1 but given that
BlackBerry will soon be unveiling a brand new operating system
BlackBerry 10 on January 30, this smartphone and all existing
counterparts will likely become obsolete very soon.
5) Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas
you are looking for an affordable big screen smartphone, then Micromax
A110 Superfone Canvas 2 is an enticing option. It sports a 5-inch TFT
capacitive touch screen IPS display and powered by a 1GHz processor. The
other features of this smartphone are 2GB internal storage
(expendable,by 32GB), 2000 mAh battery, 8-megapixel auto focus camera
and a VGA front camera.The smartphone is available at a street price of
Rs. 9,999 and runs on Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich).