2015 has been revolutionary phase in Indian smartphone industry. Many leading Indian and global companies has launched successful handsets with high end specifications ‘under 10,000 INR’. Some companies launched camera centric smartphones with good battery life, some offered powerful hardware with good design and built quality, while others offered flagship exclusive specs like 3GB RAM for a very affordable price. Let’s recap and list under 10k devices which impressed us this year.
Huawei first launched its online brand honor in India in 2014. Honor 4X marked the start of affordable Honor series phones. Honor 4X lists mouthwatering specifications including 5.5 inch HD display, 13 MP rear camera with flash, 5 MP front camera and is backed by a durable 3000mAh battery.
The smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC along with 2GB RAM, 8GB ROM and microSD card support (up to 32GB). Honor 4X runs on Android 4.4.4 Kitkat OS with Emotion 3.0 skin on top. It is priced at 9,899 INR.
Coolpad Note 3
Coolpad Note 3 launched in October 2015 and is the first smartphone which offers an efficient fingerprint sensor for under 10,000 inr. It comes with 5.5 inch HD display, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of flash memory which is expandable up to 64GB using microSD card. It runs on Cool 6.0 OS based on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS.
Coolpad Note 3 has a dual SIM support and powered by 1.3 GHz octa core MediaTek 6753 processor. It sports a 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front shooter. It has a 3000mAh non replaceable battery and is available for a price of 8,999 INR.
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser
ASUS Zenfone 2 Laser is the only phone Asus launched for under 10,000 in India this year. It features a 5.5 inch HD display and is powered by 1.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 CPU. However, its primary highlight is its camera hardware. It sports a 13 MP rear camera with dual LED flash and fast laser auto focus, coupled with a 5 MP front sensor. In practical usage too, camera performance is quite impressive.
This dual SIM smartphone packs 16GB of internal storage and is equipped with 2GB of RAM. It houses a 3000mAh replaceable battery and runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. It supports 4G connectivity and is available for 9,999 INR on Flipkart.
Meizu is a popular Chinese smartphone brand which entered India in mid 2015. To capture highly competitive lower midrange market, Meizu brought in M2. It includes a 5 inch HD display, 1.3GHz quad core MediaTek MT6735 processor and 2GB of RAM.
It comes with 16GB of flash storage and expandable memory up to 128GB via microSD card. Meizu M2 sports a good quality 13 MP rear and a 5 MP front shooter. It is backed by 2500mAh battery and runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop OS. Consumers can buy this smartphone for 6,999 INR.
Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime
Xiaomi’s first made in India smartphone, Redmi 2 Prime is indeed impressive and is still an easy recommendation for anyone looking for a compact smartphone for under 10,000 INR. Redmi 2 Prime includes a vivid 4.7 inch HD screen, good quality 8 MP rear shooter and a basic 2 MP front camera. It runs on Android 4.4 Kitkat with MIUI 6 skin on top.
Redmi 2 Prime is equipped with 1.2 GHz quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC coupled with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of inbuilt memory which can be further expanded by up to 32GB using microSD card. This dual SIM smartphone packs a 2200mAh battery and is available for a reasonable price of 6,999 INR.