“Here’s a roundup of the best Android handsets available at budget prices.”
With new handsets being launched on a daily basis, it’s easy to get confused about which phone to buy. If you’re looking for a budget phone but can’t make up your mind, our list of the top five Android smartphones under Rs 12,000 is here to help. All the phones in this list are great devices for their price, but you can take your pick depending on which features you want – higher processing power, great camera or a long battery life. Please remember that the prices mentioned are liable to change at the discretion of the retailer, and we’ve listed the best available prices at the time of publishing.
ASUS Zenfone 5 (Rs 9,999)
The ASUS Zenfone range of smartphones which were launched in India earlier this month offer a tempting mix of price and features. The mid-level device in the range is the Zenfone 5, which is available in 8GB and 16GB storage variants. The device sports a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, encased in a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass 3. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM. For photography, it offers an 8MP primary camera with ASUS’ PixelMaster technology and an LED flash, along with a 2MP shooter in the front. The handset is backed by a 2,110mAh battery, and offers dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS for connectivity. Both storage variants offer microSD card slots to take the storage up by an additional 64GB, although the 16GB model will set you back Rs 1,000 over the price range we’re considering for this roundup.
Samsung Galaxy Core 2 (Rs 11,900)
The Samsung Galaxy Core 2, which was announced alongside three affordable Galaxy handsets, officially went on sale last week. The smartphone is the successor to the Galaxy Core, and runs Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.4. It features a 4.5-inch WVGA display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, paired with 768MB of RAM. There’s a meagre 4GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 64GB with a microSD card slot. Camera features include a 5MP rear snapper with LED flash, and a VGA front camera for video chats. The dual-SIM device is fuelled by a 2,000mAh battery, and offers connectivity features like 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS.
Micromax Canvas HD Plus (Rs 11,540)
Micromax’s new mid-range offering, the Canvas HD Plus, was released earlier this month. As the name suggests, its 5-inch screen sports HD resolution, and is encased in a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass for protection. It’s the first smartphone from the company to be powered by a 1.5GHz hexa-core processor, most likely a MediaTek chipset. The device offers 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage, and runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The handset packs in an 8MP rear shooter with LED flash, and a 2MP front camera for selfies. Other features include dual-SIM slots, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and a 2,000mAh battery.
Karbonn Titanium Octane (Rs 11,999)
Unveiled earlier this year alongside the Titanium Octane Plus, the Karbonn Titanium Octane is a powerful smartphone that’s powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM. It flaunts a 5-inch display with HD resolution, and offers a 13MP primary camera with flash and a 5MP front shooter. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and offers 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB. The dual-SIM device is backed by a 2,000mAh battery and offers the usual array of 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS for connectivity.
Related read: Karbonn Titanium Octane first impressions
XOLO Q1100 (Rs 10,999)
The XOLO Q1100 is a mid-range smartphone that was launched earlier this year. It sports a 5-inch display with 720p resolution, and runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It’s equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and an Adreno 305 GPU. There’s 8GB of internal storage available, which is expandable with a microSD card. At the back, the handset sports an 8MP primary camera with an LED flash, and in the front sits a 2MP shooter. The device is powered by a 2,000mAh battery. Connectivity features include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.
Our shortlist includes the best smartphones currently available in the market, but the Xiaomi Redmi Note, which is slated to go on sale soon, deserves a special mention in this list.
Xiaomi Redmi Note (Rs 9,999)
Announced alongside the Redmi 1s (first impressions), the Redmi Note will be a worthy contender in this price range, once its launched. The device boasts a 5.5-inch HD display and runs Xiaomi’s custom MIUI, baked into Android 4.3. It’s powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 chipset, paired with 2GB of RAM. There’s 8GB of expandable storage and a beefy 3,200mAh battery on offer. The photography department includes a 13MP rear snapper with LED flash, and a 5MP front camera. Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS are the connectivity options present.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note first impressions