“These smartphones come with 4G VoLTE and don’t even burn a hole in your pocket”
Lately, the support for 4G LTE connectivity as well as VoLTE has become one of the basic requirements for smartphone buyers in India. This change came about after Reliance decided to create a stir with its Jio telecom network (that only works on VoLTE), and suddenly VoLTE was accessible to one and all. However, while Jio has made 4G and VoLTE affordable, smartphones that support these were not so pocket-friendly. However, with more and more brands coming into the market, the scenario is now changing. We have curated this list for those who are looking for a smartphone that supports 4G with VoLTE and does not break the bank.
The Korean giant makes an appearance on the list with its Tizen-based Z2. The phone sports a 4-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 480 x 800 and is powered by a Spreadtrum SC9830A processor. Users will get 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage to play with. The latter is upgradable to 128GB via a microSD card slot. In the camera department, the Z2 packs a 5MP rear facing shooter and a 0.3MP front facing snapper. A 1,500mAh battery fuels the entire package, which carries a price tag of Rs 4,590.
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The Indian handset maker Intex has been around for a while and has an extensive line-up of budget smartphones. It has recently launched the Intex Cloud Style 4G handset in the Indian handset market and it is one of the cheapest 4G VoLTE compatible smartphones available. The smartphone has 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SoC mated to 1GB of RAM to drive the performance. The phone boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system and sips juice from a 2,500mAh battery. It also features an 8MP primary camera and 5MP selfie camera to cater to shutterbugs.
The Chinese handset maker iVOOMi entered the Indian market with the sole intention of offering affordable 4G VoLTE smartphones. The Me5 is its third offering in the country and offers 4G VoLTE under Rs 5,000. The front panel of the device houses a 5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass. The device has a 1.2 GHz Spreadtrum SoC with four cores mated to 2GB of RAM, so the performance is pretty good. It boots near-stock Android 7.0 Nougat and sips power from a 3,000mAh battery. The cameras on this device are also pretty decent with an 8MP sensor on the rear panel and 5MP on the front. While the brand may be relatively new in India, the Me5 is definitely a good value for money offering for budget-conscious buyers.
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While Chinese brands take the lead in offering premium features in budget, Indian makers are not far behind. Ziox launched the Astra Viva 4G, which is currently priced under Rs 5,000 and boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The mainstay of the device happens to be Dragontrail-protected, 5-inch display with FWGA resolution. At the heart of the device is a 1.3GHz, quad-core processor mated to 1GB of RAM. The handset features a 5MP shooter on both front and rear panels. The device runs on a 2,500mAh battery.
The homebred handset maker, Micromax introduced its new Vdeo smartphone range earlier this year, and the Vdeo 2 is one of the first handsets launched under the same. It features a 4.5-inch FWVGA display and a 1,800mAh battery. Other salient features of the device include a 1.3GHz quad-core processor, mated to 1GB of RAM. It comes with 8GB of internal memory, a 5-megapixel primary shooter and a 2-megapixel selfie snapper. It boots Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and come pre-loaded with the Google Duo video calling app.
This brings us to the end of our list of affordable smartphones with 4G and VoLTE support out of the box. Let us know in the comment box below if you have any favourites.