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Top 5 Android smartphones priced at Rs 20,000 - Rs 30,000

Last updated on: October 04, 2013 16:27 IST

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Samir Makwana in Mumbai

Android smartphones in the Rs 20,000 to Rs 30,000 price bracket offer almost all features that are packed in top-of-the-line handsets. 

Of course, there are a couple of trade-offs, but one can hardly complain about them.

Here is our list of top 5 Android smartphones:

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LG Google Nexus 4

LG Google Nexus 4 tops our list simply for the Nexus experience and for being a contender for receiving the next major update - Android 4.4 KitKat. 

The Nexus 4 has a 4.7-inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixel native resolution. It is constructed using Corning Gorilla Glass 2 technology.

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With 9.1-mm thickness, the Nexus 4 packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor with 2GB RAM to run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean smoothly.

At the rear, the phone has an 8-megapixel (MP) camera with LED flash and it has a 1.3MP camera in the front.

The handset is powered by a 2,100 mAh battery that promises about 15 hours of talktime over 3G. The lack of a microSD slot might irk many.

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Samsung Galaxy Note II

Samsung's Galaxy Note II has a 5.5-inch Super Amoled display and supports 1280 x 720 pixel resolution natively. 

It has a quad core 1.6 GHz Samsung Exynos 4412 mobile chipset with 2GB RAM. Accompanied by a powerful Mali-400MP graphics chip, this smartphone is expected to get the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update soon.

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It has an 8MP camera at the back to record full 1080p HD quality videos and a 1.9MP camera in front. 

The phablet packs a 3,100 mAh battery. A large screen area and battery pack drove us to choose this over Samsung Galaxy S III and Galaxy Mega devices.

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HTC Desire 600 dual SIM

The Desire 600 dual SIM supports two microSIM modules and also offers dual standby mode. Featuring a 4.5-inch Super LCD 2 display, the Desire 600 supports 540 x 960 pixel resolution. 

The device is powered by a quad core 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 mobile processor which consumes relatively low power and with 1 GB RAM it runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense smoothly.

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HTC has also added BlinkFeed, Beats Audio enhancements and other features to this handset that offers only 8GB on-board storage but has a microSD slot.

At the rear is a 8MP camera that can shoot 720p HD videos and decent still photos and a 1.6MP camera in front. The phone comes with a 1,860 mAh battery.

The only handset that comes close to competing with this model is the Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, but it lags behind in terms of build quality.

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Sony Xperia ZL

Sony introduced the Xperia ZL along with the Xperia Z. The difference lies in the fact that Xperia ZL does not offer two key features of Xperia Z - water and dust proofing. 

The ZL has a 5-inch display built using shatter-proof and scratch-resistant glass and is powered by the Sony Mobile Bravia Engine 2.

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It has a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile processor with Adreno 320 graphics and 2GB RAM.

It has a 13MP camera at the rear with LED flash, and a 2MP camera on front. The ZL has a 2,370 mAh non-removeable battery and has 16GB on-board memory, which can be expanded using up to a 64GB microSD card.

This is one of the few smartphones in the Rs 25,000 price band offering a full 1080 HD display.

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LG Optimus G

The Optimus G looks similar to the Google Nexus 4 but has software enhancements such as QSlide that allows a split-screen experience by letting the user engage on two concurrent tasks. 

The Optimus G features a 4.7-inch True HD IPS PLUS display touchscreen that supports 1280 x 768 pixel resolution natively.

It also offers a dual screen dual play feature that enables you to watch two different videos wirelessly on each screen: TV and phone.

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It is powered by a quad core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 mobile processor and comes with 2GB RAM and an Adreno 320 graphics chip and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The phone has a 13MP camera with good low light imaging and voice activated commands to release the shutter.

The front facing 1.3MP camera is usable for 720p HD video chat. LG has packed in a 2,100 mAh battery that promises about 15 hours of talktime.


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