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Top 4G smartphones under Rs 20,000

By Shruti Puri
August 14, 2015 10:15 IST
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While you must have seen the 'Best 4G smartphones money can buy', here's another list for those who value money and yet don't compromise on quality of smartphones they buy!

The world is adopting faster means for communications. So, after the crawling 2G network, there came the faster 3G network and now is the time for the fastest (yet) 4G network. While Airtel has already rolled out pan-India 4G service, recent reports indicate that other companies like Reliance Jio and Vodafone are all set to roll out their own 4G networks soon.

And with the government pushing ahead with its Digital India plan, it would not be long before the state owned BSNL also jumps into the fray to offer affordable 4G network connectivity. For the 4G services to succeed users need affordable 4G smartphones to access these high-speed networks.

We have compiled a list of five top 4G smartphones of 2015 priced under Rs 20,000. The list of these latest mobile phones is not in any particular order:

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Asus Zenfone 2 ZE551ML

Asus has recently launched several high-end smartphones in the Indian market. One among them is ZenFone 2. This quality product from Asus has a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display that supports 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution. A scratch resistant layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers this display.

The company has offered this handset in two different processor options. One of them is a 2.3GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3580 (2.3GHz) along with PowerVR G6430 GPU and 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM and the other is a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom Z3560 along with PowerVR G6430 GPU and 4GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

For taking photographs or shooting videos there are two capable shooters: one of them is a 13MP primary camera along with LED flash and the other is a 5MP front facing camera primarily to take selfies or conducting video chats.

For connectivity, users has a wide list of options, including 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-fi-802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC and Bluetooth V4.0 with A2DP.

It packs a 3,000mAh Li-Po battery to give it more juice than its rivals. For better user experience, this smartphone comes with several sensors like G-Sensor, E-Compass, Gyroscope, Proximity, and Ambient Light Sensor. Asus is retailing this smartphone in a price range of Rs 14,999 to Rs 22,999. (Z3560 1.8GHz/16GB/2GB for Rs 14,999; Z3560 1.8GHz/32GB/4GB for Rs18,999; Z3580 2.3GHz/32GB/4GB for Rs 19,999; and Z3580 2.3GHz/64GB/4GB for Rs 22,999).

Gionee Elife S7

Gionee Elife S7

Many Chinese companies in the market are bringing out quality products at budget and mid range prices so that more people can afford them. Among these is Gionee. The company recently released Gionee Elife S7, a 4G compatible smartphone. The Elife S7 is available at a price tag of Rs 19,000 on various online stores. This beauty has a dimension of 148.8mm x 72.4mm x 5.5mm and sports a 5.2-inch FHD Super AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer. This bright screen can project images in 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution with a pixel density of 424ppi. Elife S7 comes with latest Android OS, that is, v.5.0 Lollipop with Amigo 3.0 UI layered on top.

To run smoothly, Elife S7 is blessed with a 1.7GHz, 64 bit octa core processor along with Mali-T760MP2 GPU and 2GB of RAM. For storing multimedia files, you can rely on the onboard 16GB of ROM (only 10GB is available for the user).

For taking pictures, the users can make use of the 13MP autofocus primary camera along with LED flash at the back or an 8MP front facing secondary camera. These cameras also comes with several advanced features like Panorama (Horizontal & Vertical), Face detection, Geo-tagging, Magic focus, 20 snaps in one click, Gesture Shot and Smile Shot. It supports several connectivity features, including 4G LTE, 3G, 2G, Wifi-802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot and Bluetooth V4.0, with A2DP.

To run this power packed device for a long time, it packs a 2,700mAh battery that gives a talk time of 24 hours on 2G, 15.5 hours on 3G and 20 hours on 4G.

OnePlus One

OnePlus One

This smartphone was originally designated as the flagship smartphone killer, thanks to its amazing specs list that was bundled at a mid range price tag of Rs 16,994 for the 16GB variant and Rs 19,447 for the 64GB variant.

OnePlus One sports a 5.5-inch 1080p full HD JDI screen with LTPS technology for a higher pixel density and sharper picture than its contemporaries. This sharp display is protected by the renowned scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3 layer and gives the user a 178-degree vision, which allows them to enjoy it from just about any angle.

It is powered by a highly capable 2.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. It is available in 16GB or 64GB storage options.

In addition, a 3GB of LP-DDR3 RAM running at 1866MHz allows flawless multitasking of even the most demanding apps or even high-end games.

OnePlus One runs on the powerful Cynogen 12 OS that gives users a lot of tweaking options. A 13MP autofocus primary camera along with dual LED flash at the back and a 5MP front facing secondary snapper represent the photography department in this handset.

The primary camera allows the user to shoot videos in 2160p at 30fps, 1080p at 60fps and 720p videos at 120fps.

OnePlus One offers plenty connectivity options, including 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-fi-802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, NFC and Bluetooth V4.0 with A2DP. A 3,100mAh Li-Po battery offers the juice that lasts a full day of heavy usage.

Motorola Moto G3

Motorola Moto G3

Motorola with its Moto G label was the first world renowned brand that tried to bring quality product at a budget price. Its G and E series have become quite a big hit in the emerging markets. The latest Motorola Moto G3 is packed with features that make it a terrific competitor at this price range. This 155gm smartphone brandishes a 5-inch HD display that supports 1280 x 720 pixels resolution which gives a pixel density of 294ppi.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 3 layer protects this screen. It comes out of the box with the recent Android 5.0.1 Lollipop OS and is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor with 1.4GHz quad-core CPU along with 400MHz Adreno 306 GPU and 1GB/2GB RAM option.

It comes armed with two powerful shooters: one of them is a 13MP autofocus camera with CCT dual-LED flash that has a 76 degrees field view and f/ 2.0 aperture. The second is a 5MP front facing camera for taking quality selfies.

For connectivity, it has a wide gamut of options that include 4G, 3G, 2G, Wi-fi-802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth V4.0 with A2DP and NFC. It packs a 2,470mAh Li-Po battery to give a good amount of talk time hours and standby hours.

For better user experience this smartphone comes with several sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient Light sensor. It is priced at Rs 11,999.

Xiaomi Mi 4i

Xiaomi Mi 4i

This is yet another amazing handset launched recently by Xiaomi. It sports a 5-inch full HD JDI all new sunlight display that has a pixels density of 441ppi. This 130gm phone is powered by a 1.7GHz + 2nd-gen Snapdragon 615 64-bit octa core processor mated with Adreno 405 GPU, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. It comes with a 13MP autofocus rear camera and a 5MP front camera. Both these cameras are provided with several amazing photo-editing tools so that photography is fun.

For connectivity with the outside world, Xiaomi has packed the Mi 4i with a wide range of options, which include 4G, 3G, 2G, NFC, Wi-fi-802.11b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth V4.1 with A2DP, GPS and Beidou. It packs a Sony/Samsung/ATL 4.4V lithium-ion polymer battery of 3,120mAh amperage to give a huge amount of talk time.

For better user experience, this smartphone comes with several sensors like Gyroscope, Light Sensor, Accelerometer, e-Compass and proximity sensor. It is priced at Rs 12,999.

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