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Top 10 smartphones under Rs 30,000

Last updated on: July 25, 2014 19:42 IST

Top 10 smartphones under Rs 30,000

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Shruti Puri

Though there are a slew of smartphones priced under Rs 30,000, only a few of them have succeeded in creating a separate identity in the market. Here's our top 10 list.

India has always been a price sensitive market. Features and specs come next. That is why, smartphones belonging to sub-30k category have stolen the hearts of many and are doing good business for their respective companies.

1. Google Nexus 5 (Rs 28,999)

This smartphone is characterised by speed, power and a stunning 5-inch full HD display (1080p resolution with 445ppi of pixel density). It runs on Android 4.4 KitKat operating system and is powered by a Snapdragon 800 quad-core 2.26GHz processor, armed with 2GB RAM and 16GB/32GB of internal storage capacity.

Nexus 5 has a primary 8MP camera with OIS (Optical Image Stabilisation) and LED flash alongside a front facing 1.3MP snapper.

Some of the interesting features that can be found in this popular mobile are new "HDR+" camera shooting mode, improved NFC support, screen recording utility and native printing functionality.

On the connectivity front, users will get dual-band Wi-Fi, 4G LTE and wireless charging features.

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Image: Google Nexus 5
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2. Motorola Moto X (Rs 23,999)

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This smartphone is marked by features, such as contextual awareness, voice recognition, new approach to customising Android and many more.

Moto X has a polycarbonate based body, X8 Mobile Computing System chipset consisting of 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro dual-core Krait processor, quad-core Adreno 320 GPU, Contextual Awareness Processor core, custom-designed Natural Language Processor core and RAM of 2GB.

Internal storage capacity here is 16GB with 50GB of Google Drive storage available for two years.

Some other important feature highlighted are 4.7-inch AMOLED (RGB) HD 720p screen display, 2,200mAh battery, 2MP 1080p HD video front camera, 10MP Clear Pixel (RGBC) rear camera, Android 4.4.4 KitKat operating system, 4.0 LE + EDR Bluetooth technology, Wi-Fi 802.11a/g/b/n/ac (dual band capable), mobile Hotspot, 2G/2.5G GSM/GPRS/EDGE bands, 4G LTE bands and 3G UMTS bands.

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Image: Motorola Moto X
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3. Sony Xperia T2 Ultra (Rs 24,990)

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This is a 6-inch phablet from Sony having a Snapdragon 400 processor, 720p screen, 13MP camera, 1.1MP secondary camera and a large battery.

Xperia T2 Ultra is extraordinarily sleek and is surely one of the slimmest phablets available in the market with just 7.65mm width. This smartphone comes with dual-SIM capability, Triluminos display (720p with 245ppi), superior brightness and True Screen Intelligence.

The rear camera is supported with top-class features like superior auto feature, HDR mode and recording facility.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra is powered by a powerful 1.4GHz quad-core processor (Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8928) coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory. It runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean platform and comes with features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, DLNA & Screen mirroring, Throw Smart Application and microUSB port.

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4. Motorola Moto G (Rs 12,499)

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The best part of this smartphone is that it is an exceptional phone available at an exceptional price. It is blessed with some of the most advanced features at affordable price, thus is capable of giving a tough competition to high-end smartphones.

It is available in two memory versions of 8GB and 16GB. Most importantly, it has dual-SIM capability.

Display size is 4.5-inch with HD resolution and it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS, drawing power from a 1.2GHz quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 400) processor, mated with 1GB RAM.

Other specs and features include 5MP primary camera with 1.3MP secondary snapper, HD recording facility and multiple connectivity -- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G and microUSB port.

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Image: Motorola Moto G
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5. Sony Xperia Z1 Compact (Rs 29,990)

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This is an amazing smartphone that has comparatively smaller 4.3-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen. It runs on Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean) platform and is powered by a 2.2GHz quad-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974) processor.

Full HD recording facility is available with its amazing 20.7MP primary camera. A front-facing 2MP camera is also available to support video chats.

Xperia Z1 Compact is dust-and-water-resistant and comes with an internal storage of 16GB. Some of the important connectivity options available here are 3G, EDGE, GPRS, Bluetooth, GLONASS, A-GPS, Wi-Fi, and DLNA.

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Image: Sony Xperia Z1 Compact
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6. Nokia Lumia 1320 (Rs 27,999)

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Among the list of Android devices, this Windows phone has created its place, giving credit to its outstanding and fast performance and easy-to-use interface.

This is one of the most happening Windows-based smartphones available in the market. It is powered by a 1.7GHz dual-core (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4) processor, coupled with 1GB RAM, and runs on Windows Phone 8 platform.

It has an LCD 6-inch display with HD resolution of 720p. Dual camera facility is available, where the primary camera has 5MP sensor.

Internal memory is 8GB with microSD slot for expanding external memory up to 64GB.

Connectivity options include 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, 3G, 2G, pre-installed Internet Explorer 10 browser, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth, A-GLONASS, A-GPS and v2 microUSB connectivity.

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7. Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (Rs 18,564)

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This smartphone from Samsung is characterised by extremely slim body and easy portability. Power packed performance is one of its forte.

The 5.25-inch TFT display has 16:9 aspect ratio and HD resolution, where you can enjoy sharper images, excellent clarity and movies/games.

Users can not only multi-task seamlessly, but also have smooth performance, ensured by 1.5GB RAM and 1.2GHz quad-core processor.

Dual camera setting is available here, where the primary camera has 8MP sensor and the secondary comes with 1.9MP sensor.

The software here is Android v4.3 (Jelly Bean).

It has dual-SIM capability and the multiple connectivity options available are 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi Connect and USB Connect. The battery used here is 2,600mAh.

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8. Gionee Elife S5.5 (Rs 22,999)

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It is one of those products through which the company has established its name in the Indian market.

Gionee Elife S5.5 comes with a Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen of 5.5-inch with a resolution of 1080p and 441ppi of pixel density.

It is the slimmest phone available in the market with a width of 5.5mm. It runs on Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system, topped with Amigo UI, and is powered by 1.7GHz Mediatek MT6592 octa-core processor.

There are two cameras available here, one with 13MP primary camera and another 5MP secondary camera.

Internal storage is 16GB and the connectivity options available are v.4 Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, microUSB and GPS. Li-Po battery of 2,300mAh capacity helps this mobile to run for longer hours.

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9. Gionee Elife E7 (Rs 26,999)

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It is another happening device from Gionee. This product runs on Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS and is powered by a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8008974 processor.

Top camera set is the main feature of this smartphone. Rear primary camera has 16MP sensor and the front faced one has 8MP sensor.

Automatic features including 12 levels and automatically adjusted colour and saturation makes the camera settings more interesting.

The 5.5-inch display has a resolution of 1080p. Gorilla Glass 3 is used to protect the display.

This handset is available in two versions – 16GB and 32GB.

3GB RAM is provided to Gionee Elife E7, which makes multitasking as well as running multiple apps smoother and clutter free.

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10. Micromax Unite 2 (Rs 8,499)

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This is the first smartphone in India that has all 21 official languages in it. These pre-loaded languages help users to use this mobile handset in a more user friendly manner.

Even if a person doesn't understand English, it is not a problem because s/he can access the regional language. This device has a 4.7-inch Bright Graph IPS display screen having 480 x 800 pixel resolution. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB RAM.

This handset runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system and comes with dual camera setting (5MP primary and 2MP secondary), and pre-loaded apps. Connectivity options available here are Wi-Fi, 3G, USB, and Bluetooth.


Image: Micromax Unite 2
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