Best quad-core Android smartphones under Rs. 15,000 (August 2013)
It’s that time of the month again when we list out our recommendation of smartphones for a particular price. Since smartphones under Rs. 15,000 is considered a budget device, they bring a slew of impressive features but compromises on others. Here we list for you a series of smartphones that deliver a good package deal to the users.
We think the following six Android smartphones are your best options if price is your biggest concern. The smartphones have been listed in the ascending order of price. Take a look:
1. Zen Ultrafone HD
Price: Rs. 11,999
The Zen Ultrafone 701HD is a very good buy especially considering that it’s less expensive than both the Micromax Canvas HD and the XOLO Q1000, and provides equal, if not better, performance and specifications in almost all departments. The 5-inch 720p display is vibrant and good for consuming multimedia content. Thanks to the MediaTek SoC, the smartphone is a good performer and can run almost all the apps you throw at it from the Google Play store. The rear of the smartphone has a black matte finish making it look really classy. Put simply, for the price you pay, you get one good-looking smartphone.
Some other noteworthy specs that the Ultrafone 701HD include an 8MP rear camera and a 3.2MP front camera, 4GB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. A 2000mAh battery powers the entire package.
2. Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro
Price: Rs. 12,500
If you are looking for a smartphone with a good camera and good power under the hood (with some security features thrown into the mix) then the Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro should be at the top of your list. It has a quad-core processor, which is great. It has the maximum built-in storage at 16GB when compared to the competition and the only downside to the device is the display resolution.
The preloaded slew of apps is actually worth it on this smartphone. The device also has a whopping 2550mAh battery powering it. In terms of other specifications, the smartphone has the MediaTek MT6589 chipset with a quad-core CPU and 1GB RAM. The rear has an 8MP shooter and the front has a 5MP camera, both of which perform well.
3. Micromax A116 Canvas HD
Price: Rs. 13,449
The Micromax Canvas HD continues to remain one of the best budget smartphones available in the market. The smartphone is ideal for those that are on a tight budget and want a raw Android experience to install custom ROM’s on. The Canvas HD’s 5-inch IPS display is one of the best that you’ll find at this price. It also has a good battery life, courtesy the 2000mAh battery. The performance is good too due to the 1.2GHz quad-core processor. The Canvas HD also has an impressive 8MP camera. The build of the smartphone is good too. The Canvas HD is simply one of the best budget phones you can buy today.
The Micromax Canvas HD also boasts of dual-SIM capabilities, Android Jelly Bean OS and a 2MP front-facing camera. On the downside, it has a mere 1.77GB built-in storage expandable to 32GB using microSD cards.
4. Videocon A55 HD
Price: Rs. 13,490
The Videocon A55HD falls in the category of your run-of-the-mill quad-core budget Android smartphone running on the MediaTek MT6589 SoC. What the smartphone brings to the table are good looks, decent build and a smooth touchscreen. On the downside the performance of the camera is average. The preloaded apps are nothing to boast about. Real Racing 3 didn’t run on the other MediaTek powered smartphones, but it surprisingly ran on the Videocon A55HD and that is impressive.
For its specifications, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, 5-inch 720p IPS display, 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card.
5. XOLO Q1000
Price: Rs. 14,999
The XOLO Q1000 is a good value for money smartphone. Its 5-inch IPS display is not only large but is also great for displaying all types of content and has really good viewing angles. The build, despite being made of plastic is sturdy. The XOLO is also very usable thanks to the fact that it opts for the raw Android 4.2 interface. If you’re in the market for a large-screened Android smartphone under Rs. 15,000, you won’t go wrong with the XOLO Q1000.
For its specifications, the XOLO Q1000 boasts of dual-SIM capabilities, a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 8MP rear camera coupled with a 1.2MP front-facing camera, 2100mAh battery, 4GB of built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card and 1GB of RAM.
6. XOLO Play T1000
Price: Rs. 14,999
If playing games on the go is an absolute requirement and you are looking for a smartphone around the Rs. 15,000 budget, then the XOLO Play T1000 is the go-to device for you. Its gaming performance is better than the MediaTek-powered smartphones available. This is the only smartphone on this list that isn’t powered by the MediaTek SoC. Rather, it is powered by the Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset. The device also comes preloaded with a bunch of power management apps to ensure the device gives you a good battery life. The overall performance of the smartphone is really good too. It has a simple yet sturdy design and a comfortable UI.
The XOLO Play has a 4.7-inch 720p display and is really well build. The rubberized back adds to the grip of the smartphone. It has 4GB built-in storage expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. The rear has an 8MP camera and the front has a 2MP camera. A 2000mAh battery powers the package.
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