“Looking for a sturdy smartphone priced affordably? Here are the best options”
Most affordable smartphones start showing signs of early aging these days. But all hope is not lost for the ones looking to get themselves a good solid smartphone that’s durable, promises to last long, feels good in the hands and is priced below Rs 10,000. We round up the best options for you.
The Honor 4C looks like a device that has been built to last for a long duration of time when compared to its counterparts. It features rounded corners and a matte textured rear panel for a better grip. Not just that, it looks stylish as well, and that just makes the deal sweeter. The key specifications include a 5-inch HD display, Android 4.4 KitKat, a HiSilicon KIRIN620 1.2 GHz octa-core chipset mated to 2GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable internal storage. The photography department includes a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP shooter at the front.
The YU Yuphoria’s launch saw a special emphasis on its build quality and YU seems to have lived up to the promise well. The device has a metal frame for a sturdy build and the overall quality of the plastics seem to be on the better side of things too. It feels quite durable and premium for a device that sets you back by merely Rs 6,999 and is certainly built to last. The Yuphoria sports a 5-inch HD display, boots Android 5.0.2 Lollipop based CM12S, is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor mated to 2GB of RAM, and offers an 8MP primary camera along with a 5MP sensor at front.
The build quality of Lumia range has always been one of its strongest points, ever since the series first came with Nokia branding. The devices can take more than just a couple of falls without any hiccups and they feel like they’ll last longer than you’d actually be using them. And the Lumia 640 plays testimony to this fact. It has a 5-inch HD display, runs Windows 8.1 Lumia with the Denim update, comes powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor mated to 1GB of RAM. An 8MP rear camera and a 0.9MP front snapper are responsible for handling the photography.
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The Canvas Nitro A311 feels premium and durable the moment you hold it in your hands. The faux-leather back which we are accustomed to see on high-end Samsung devices makes its way to this VFM smartphone and easily increases its durability quotient. Talking about core specs, you’ll get a 5-inch HD display, while the horsepower is provided by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor mated to 2GB of RAM. There’s 16GB of expandable internal storage, and a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front snapper make up the photography department. The smartphone runs Android 4.4 KitKat.
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Motorola recently launched the second-generation Moto E in 4G guise and like its siblings, the smartphone features a nano-coating which makes it splash resistant. Getting splash resistance on a budget device is a big deal and makes it especially noteworthy. With this smartphone, you won’t have to worry about those occasional splashes of water or getting stuck in a drizzle. Talking about what it comes with in terms of specs, it offers a 4.5-inch qHD display, boots Android 5.0.2 Lollipop, utilises a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor mated to 1GB of RAM, and offers a 5MP rear camera (without flash) and a VGA front camera.
Disclaimer: All prices mentioned were prevalent at the time of writing this article and are subject to change.