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Top 5 Android smartphones between Rs 10k and Rs 20k

February 21, 2014 15:27 IST

Top 5 Android smartphones between Rs 10k and Rs 20k

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Anil Satapathy

Read on to find out how many of these amazing devices offer value for money.

The Mobile World Congress 2014 is all set to start towards the end of this month where many handset makers will announce their new products as well as concept ones.

Meanwhile, many devices have been launched in India this month itself, few of them fall in the lucrative Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 segment.

With a host of features aimed at attracting the Android lovers, users now have more options to choose from in the price segment.

Here's a fresh list of the best five devices in the Rs 10,000 to Rs 20,000 segment.

Motorola Moto G

Price for 8GB model: Rs 12,499

Price for 16GB model: 13,999

Motorola shook the Indian mobile phone market by launching its Moto G below Rs 15,000.

Its 8 GB version is priced at Rs 12,499 while the 16 GB model costs Rs 13,999.

Though there are availability issues, the Moto G remains the first recommendation if you are looking for an Android handset for less than Rs 15,000.

The Motorola Moto G comes with a 4.5-inch IPS LCD display with 1280x720 pixels resolution.

The display has Corning Gorilla Glass 3 coating that provides some protection against the normal wear and tear.

Its replaceable and colourful back panels have also created a stir in the market.

The Moto G is powered by a quad-core 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 mobile chipset, Adreno 305 GPU, and 1 GB RAM. Motorla Moto G measures 11.6 mm thick and weighs 143 grams.

Note that Moto G does not have a memory card slot, so you have to carefully choose from its 8 GB and 16 GB versions. Currently, it has Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system but Motorola has released Android KitKat update for it just a day back.

At the rear, Moto G packs 5 megapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash along with imaging features such as geo-tagging, touch focus, face-detection, panorama and HDR.

The camera can record HDR videos and videos at 720p (HD) quality. In the front, it has a 1.3 megapixel camera for making video calls.

Motorola has packed WiFi (802.11 b/g/n) in the Moto G for faster mobile web experience. Moto G supports quad-band HSPA+">HSPA+ network for faster mobile internet and can accommodate a micro-SIM module. Other features of Moto G include Bluetooth 4.0, USB Host, micro USB 2.0 and GPS with A-GPS and GLONASS.

The smartphone has a good looking 2070 mAh non-removable battery.

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Image: Motorola Moto G
Photographs: https://www.motorola.com

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Xolo LT900

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Xolo LT900

Price: Rs 16,999

With Airtel releasing 4G for mobile phones and other operators set to roll out 4G throughout the country this year, Xolo LT900 is definitely an ideal choice who want to get super-fast internet connectivity.

Remember, this is the cheapest 4G smartphone as of now. Apple's iPhone 5C and 5S too support TDD-LTE version of 4G but they cost more than three times this Xolo smartphone.

Also, being an Android smartphone, Xolo LT900 comes with WiFi hotspot capability. So you can create a WiFi Hotspot with 4G connectivity for superfast internet experience.

The LT900, which costs Rs 16,999, also comes with decent features like 4.3 inch HD display, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM, 32 GB micro SD card slot, 8 megapixel rear camera, and a 1 megapixel front camera.

The Xolo LT900 has a decent 1810 mAh battery which promises 14 hours of talktime and 301 hours of standby on 3G network.

This single SIM based smartphone also comes with WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.


Image: Xolo LT900
Photographs: http://www.xolo.in

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

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Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo

Price: Rs 18,500 approx

For Samsung fans, the Galaxy Grand Neo is definitely a better choice than the older Grand Quattro or Grand 2.

Also, though its 5 inch display has only 480x800 pixels resolution, it is one of the best handsets in terms of storage: it has 16 GB internal storage and an expandable storage slot that can hold up to a 64 GB micro SD card.

Besides, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo comes with a 1.2 GHz quad core processor and 1 GB RAM.

It comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

The phone has a 5 megapixel auto focus camera and an LED flash at the rear while a VGA camera is in the front.

The 9.6 mm thick smartphone (143.7 x 77.1 x 9.6mm) weighs 163 grams.

It has a decent looking 2100 mAh battery which claims to provide 11 hours of 3G talktime.

It has Accelerometer, Compass, and Proximity sensors.

The Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo has WiFi with WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, Kies, and micro USB support. It has also GPS with GLONASS support for navigation.

This handset also supports 12 Indian languages and Samsung has also announced that Vodafone will offer 1 GB of free data per month for a period of two months and this offer is valid if you purchase it before May 31 this year.


Image: Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo
Photographs: http://www.samsung.com

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Intex Aqua Octa

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Intex Aqua Octa

Price: Rs 20,000 approx

We opted this phone as it is the only octa core processor based handset in this price segment. We have also recently reviewed this handset and were pretty impressed with its performance.

The Intex Aqua Octa comes with a 6 inch display with high definition resolution.

It is based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system, and has the 1.7 Ghz Mediatek octa core processor.

The processor is assisted by Mali 450 GPU and huge 2 GB RAM. With such a combination, it can be termed as one of the most powerful handset under Rs 20,000.

Besides, the Intex Aqua Octa has 16 GB internal memory, a 32 GB micro SD card slot, 2300 mAh Li-ion battery, 13 megapixel rear camera, and a 5 megapixel front camera.


Image: Intex Aqua Octa
Photographs: http://www.intexmobile.in

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Micromax Canvas Turbo A250

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Micromax Canvas Turbo

Price: Rs 20,000 approx 

Micromax introduced the Canvas Turbo A250 smartphone with fanfare by roping a Hollywood star as a brand ambassador.

The Canvas Turbo A250 is powered by a quad core 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT6589T mobile processor which is paired with 2 GB RAM.

Micromax has used 5 inch IPS LCD display with full 1080p HD native resolution in the phone which is quite a feat for a mid-tier device.

The Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 features a 13 megapixel rear camera which is assisted by an LED flash at the back.

The phone has a 5 megapixel wide-angle camera in the front for video calls too.

Apart from its 16 GB on-board storage, the phone comes with 32 GB micro SD card slot as well.

Canvas Turbo runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean update.

For music enthusiasts, there is a stereo FM radio in the phone which has WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS with APS support, accelerometer, compass, and a non-removable 2000 mAh battery as well.


Image: Micromax Canvas Turbo A250
Photographs: http://canvasturbo.com

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