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Best Android smartphones to buy under Rs. 10,000 in India



December 18, 2013, four:forty three IST

Kunal Khullar

Best Android smartphones to buy under Rs. 10,000 in India

Android is now the biggest smartphone platform in the world and new handsets are launching almost every day. Even at the entry level there are tons of options available for consumers and if you are one of them you should definitely go through our list of the best Android smartphones available in India under Rs.10,000.

Earlier low cost smartphones meant compromising on features and build quality but today with stiff competition in the market one can easily get their hands on a smartphone running on a quad-core processor with sturdy build quality.

Here are the best Android smartphones under Rs.10,000.

Karbonn S5 Titanium

Running on a Snapdragon quad-core processor, the Karbonn S5 Titanium is one of the best options one can go for in the market. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch qHD display (960×540) and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. For storage, the device has 4GB of internal storage (1.4GB user accessible) and an option to expand it further via a microSD card. Other features include an 8MP camera at the back, a 2MP camera in the front, Wi-Fi and a 2000mAh battery. The Karbonn S5 Titanium is your best bet for an Android smartphone that strikes a right balance in terms of performance, looks, overall quality and even service at such a low price point.

The looks and build of the S5 Titanium are fairly good and the smartphone comes at a price tag of Rs. 9,999.

Xolo Q600

Xolo has been producing some sturdy smartphones in India and here is another powerful device in terms of performance. The Q600 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor with 512MB of RAM and has 4.5 inch touchscreen display with a 480 x 854 pixels resolution. There is 4GB of internal storage along with a microSD card slot supporting upto 32GB cards, dual-SIM support, a 5MP rear camera, a 2000mAH battery that gives 13 hours of talktime on 2G networks, and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Xolo Q600 is slightly lower speced as compared to the Karbonn Titanium S5, but with a smaller screen, this is a better option if you are looking for a not-so-large Android smartphone that can be carried and handled easily.

You can grab the Xolo Q600 at a price of Rs.7,799. 

Read our review of the Xolo Q600 over here.

Samsung Galaxy S Duos

Samsung is offering the Galaxy S Duos in the low-price range segment. Although the smartphone doesn’t offer exciting specs, the device offers good looks, a sturdy build quality and the brand value of Samsung.

In terms of specifications, the Galaxy S Duos has a 4-inch TFT touchscreen with a resolution of 800×480 pixels, 1 GHz Snapdragon processor with 768MB of RAM, Android 4.0 ICS, a 5MP camera at the back, dual-SIM support, 4GB internal memory which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD card and a 1500mAh battery.

The price of the Galaxy S Duos is Rs. 9,700. We recommend the Samsung Galaxy S Duos for buyers who are specifically looking to buy a sub 10K smartphone from a top brand. Samsung certainly has better brand recall and higher standing in the market as compared to the other Android phone brands. Having said that, if pure performance is what you want from a sub 10K Android smartphone. The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is not your choice.

Here’s an overview of the Galaxy S Duos.

Zen Ultrafone 701HD

The Zen Ultrafone 701HD has one of the best displays if one is looking for an Android device under Rs. 10k. The smartphone comes with a 5-inch inch 720p display and runs on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Other features include 4GB of internal memory and a memory card slot supporting up to 32GB microSD cards, dual-SIM support, an 8MP rear camera, a 3.2MP front camera and 2000mAh battery powering up the device. The Zen Ultrafone 701HD belongs the the exact opposite spectrum of the Samsung Galaxy D Duos, it offers the maximum performance and the best screen of all the Android phones in this list. But, Zen is relatively a very new and unknown brand in India. You’d have to double check on the service centers and support for the phone, in case you happen to require after sales support.

The smartphone runs on Android 4.2 with and supports Firmware over – the – air (FOTA) updates. The price of the Zen Ultrafone 701HD is Rs. 8,690.

Read our review of the Zen Ultrafone 701HD smartphone over here.

Lava Iris 458q

Indian smartphone manufacturer Lava has an offering in the under Rs.10k segment called the Iris 458q. The smartphone includes a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB of RAM and a 4.5 inch display with 854×480 pixels resolution. In the memory department you get 4GB of internal storage (2GB accessible) and an expansion slot for a microSD card for up to 32GB. Other than that, there is an 8MP rear camera, dual-SIM support, a 2000mAh battery and the device runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The Lava Iris 458q can be bought at a price tag of Rs. 7,799. The Lava Iris 458g is very similar to the Xolo Q600 in terms of core specs, where it differs is in the looks and design department.

Check out our overview of the Lava Iris 458q over here.

Sony Xperia E Dual

Japanese electronics giant, Sony had launched the Xperia E Dual in early 2013 and the smartphone has a really nice build quality and striking looks. On the hardware side it features a 1GHz processor with 512MB of RAM, dual-SIM support, a 3.5 inch TFT touchscreen with 320×480 pixels resolution which is scratch resistant. There is a 3MP camera at the back and VGA snapper in the front. The phone is available in black and gold color options and costs Rs. 8,750. The Xperia E Dual is not meant for those looking for excellent performance but rather for those who want a well-built, refined experience. The most compact, good looking and well-built smartphone of all our recommendations for the best android phones under Rs 10,000 in India. The Sony Xperia E Dual is recommended for users looking specifically for looks, ease of use and the Sony brand. 

Here is our overview of the Sony Xperia E Dual.

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