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Top 5 smartphones under Rs 30,000

Last updated on: October 30, 2012 19:43 IST

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Nilabh Jha

These heavy-duty devices have gone through price cuts recently and are available for just under Rs 30,000.

With some brilliant new flagship phones being launched, some of the most powerful phones have shed prices faster than they would otherwise have, making them very good buys.

There is a new ad on TV these days: where a guy says that he is waiting for the next phone to be launched in a couple of months so that he can buy the current one at a much cheaper price. Though the other guy ridicules him, it's not really a bad idea.

In these days of hyper-competition you get a smartphone that was launched at Rs 34,000 at Rs 27,000 about two months after its launch, and even by today's standards, the device remains fairly new. Here are some devices that have gone through such price cuts.

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LG Optimus 4X HD

Launched in July for Rs 34,000 and now available for just Rs 27,000, this despite the fact that the phone is very close to Samsung Galaxy SIII in terms of specs, which continues to sell for Rs 35,000.

LG Optimus 4X HD is the flagship model from LG which comes with a 4.7 inch True HD IPS panel touchscreen display with 1280 x 720 pixel native resolution.

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Optimus 4X HD houses a quad core 1.5 GHz Nvidia Tegra processor with a low power GeForce graphics chip. For smoother operation of Android 4.0 ICS with Optimus 3.0 UI on it, LG has used 1 GB of RAM. By default, this smartphone features 16 GB onboard storage and a micro SD card slot to accommodate a memory card of up to 64 GB. This smartphone is only 8.9 mm thick and weighs just 133 grams.

In this device, LG has used an 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash. This camera is capable of recording 1080p HD videos at 30 frames per second. There's also a 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calling and chat. Other features include GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, gyroscope sensor, support for a variety of popular audio-video formats, stereo FM with RDS, WiFi Direct, and DLNA compliance.
LG has added a 2150 mAh battery to the Optimus 4X HD to make it run longer and support talk time of about 9.5 hours over 3G.

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Sony Xperia S

Sony Xperia SL is already available, however, given that the only difference between the two devices in terms of specs is that while Xperia S gets a 1.5 GHz processor, Xperia SL gets the same processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, and therefore there is not much difference in performance. And looking at the price difference of about Rs 3,500 with Xperia S priced at Rs 25,649 vs Xperia SL priced at Rs 29,000 we are inclined to recommend the Sony Xperia S.

Xperia S came with the Android 2.3 operating system and has since been upgraded to Android 4.0. It is also designated to get Android 4.1 upgrade shortly, so even in OS terms you won't miss anything.

Sony introduced its new Xperia NXT series smartphone recently. The all new Sony Xperia S is powered by a Mobile Bravia engine 2.0. It has a 4.3 inch 720p HD touchscreen display and by default runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sony is working quickly to make Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich available for Xperia S.

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Sony Xperia S has a 1280 x 720 pixel resolution Reality Display that is powered by a Mobie Bravia engine. Under the hood it houses a dual core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM 8260 processor coupled with 1 GB of RAM. At the back it has a 12 megapixel camera with LED flash that is capable of recording full HD video. This camera has Sony's Exmor R sensor technology that helps it capture quality images even in low light.

On the connectivity front Sony Xperia S features 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capability. The Xperia S is an officially certified PlayStation device that will let you download and play compatible games from the Sony PlayStation store. Xperia S packs a 1750 mAh battery that promises about 8.5 hours of continuous talktime.

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Samsung Galaxy Note

With the introduction of Galaxy Note II, the first version of Note is out of the limelight. However, that doesn't mean that Galaxy Note is not attractive anymore. In fact, apart from a steep price drop Note has also benefited from some of the upgrades that Samsung has provided to bring the functionalities of Note II like the multi screen feature onto the Note. The Note is currently available for Rs 29,000.

Galaxy Note is the first device to sport a 5.3 inch HD Super Amoled display with a native resolution of 800 x 1280 pixel. The phone comes with an S (Smart) Pen stylus that offers a real pen for writing and drawing comfort.

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The phablet runs on a dual core 1.4 GHz Exynos microprocessor with Mali-400 MP dedicated graphics processor. Galaxy Note features 1 GB of RAM along with 16 GB onboard memory for storage. Its 8 megapixel camera comes with LED flash capable of recording 1080p full HD videos at 30 fps.

There is a front facing 2 megapixel camera as well that allows self-portrait shots and video calling. Samsung has also announced an offer under which it is giving away free Sennheiser headsets with every Galaxy Note smartphone.

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HTC Sensation XL

HTC Sensation XL with a 4.7 inch display and Beats Audio tech with a Beats Audio headset was launched for Rs 37,500 about a year back. The phone's specs are still powerful enough to compete in the high-end range, and it is available at a significantly lower price of Rs 26,000. What makes this device lucrative compared to the HTC One S (which was launched much later,) is the inclusion of a Beats Audio headphone, which in itself is worth more than Rs 5,000.

The Sensation XL features a 1.5 GHz processor and now gets Android 4.0. It is scheduled to get further upgrades.

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It features a slim body that is less than 9.9 mm thick. Sensation XL houses a single core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Scorpion MSM8255T mobile processor coupled with an Adreno 205 graphics card.

The device also has an 8 megapixel camera at the rear with auto focus, LED flash, and the ability to record 720p HD video. At the front lies a 1.3 megapixel camera for video calls and chatting.

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Nokia 808 PureView

Nokia launched its flagship Symbian smartphone, called the Nokia 808 PureView, a few months back. It comes with a 41 megapixel camera, and features a 4 inch Amoled touchscreen display with 640 x 360 pixel resolution. This smartphone's display has been built using Corning Gorilla Glass technology.

The Nokia 808 PureView houses a 1.3 GHz ARM 11 architecture based mobile processor and has 512 MB RAM to run the Belle Feature Pack 1 smoothly.

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This Nokia device features a 41 megapixel image sensor which has Carl Zeiss optics that provide the most realistic looking image. The phone features a PureView Pro imaging technology that utilises a pixel oversampling technique to deliver the best and clearest photos. This camera also features the best available Xenon Flash to provide enough light to the optics. While it offers recording at full 1080p HD video, one can also go for 4x lossless digital zoom.

Besides becoming the best camera phone available today, this smartphone also delivers a great multimedia experience thanks to the Dolby Digital Plus mobile chip inside it. Packing merely a 1400 mAh battery, the Nokia 808 PureView also offers stereo FM with RDS, WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS support. Nokia 808 PureView is available in the Indian market for a best price of Rs 29,500. The phone was launched at Rs 32,000, but it has not shed its price much as it has no competition in terms of camera tech.

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