With several major telecom operators like Reliance Communications, Tata Docomo and MTS on the CDMA spectrum, there’s still a big market for compatible devices. While some CDMA smartphones are tied to a particular telecom operator, dual-SIM handsets supporting both GSM and CDMA bands are popular as well. However, compared to the more popular GSM technology, CDMA-supported smartphones are few and far between. Here’s our shortlist of the top five CDMA smartphones currently available in the market.
HTC One (E8) (Rs 34,900)HTC One (M8) (review), offers similar specifications to the flagship at a lower price point. It features a 5-inch full-HD display and is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, mated to 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage, that can be bumped up to 128GB with a microSD card. The smartphone runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat, overlaid with HTC’s Sense 6.0 UI. The One (E8) forgoes the 4MP UltraPixel camera setup on the M8 for a 13MP primary snapper. A 5-megapixel shooter in the front handles selfie duties. The dual-SIM device sports a pair of front-facing BoomSound speakers and is fuelled by a 2,600mAh battery.
HTC Desire 816 (Rs 23,800)
The HTC Desire 816 (review) is a mid-range Android phablet with a 5.5-inch display. The display bears 720p resolution and the device runs Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6.0 on top. Powering the show is a 1.6GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with 1.5GB of RAM. Internal storage maxes out at 8GB, with a microSD card slot for further expansion up to 128GB. The photography department is taken care of by a 13MP shooter with LED flash at the rear, and a 5MP camera in the front. The smartphone features HTC’s trademark front-facing BoomSound speakers, and is backed by a 2,600mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas Duet II (Rs 12,750)
HTC Desire 700 (Rs 19,200)launched last December and recently received a major price cut. The dual-SIM smartphone offers GSM+CDMA support and runs an outdated Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with HTC’s Sense 5 UI on top. It features a 5-inch 540 x 960 pixel display, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2MP front camera and 8GB of expandable storage. Powering the phone is a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 chipset with 1GB RAM. It also offers dual BoomSound speakers with built-in amplifiers. Under the hood is a 2,100mAh battery offering up to 11 hours of talk time.
Micromax Canvas Blaze HD (Rs 12,749)
The Micromax Canvas Blaze HD offers a 5-inch HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor. The dual-SIM smartphone offers GSM+CDMA support and runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It sports an 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. Internal storage is just 4GB, but is expandable via a microSD card. The 2,000mAh battery offers up to 5 hours of talk time.
Note: The prices mentioned are the best available rates at the time of publishing, and could vary at the discretion of the retailer.