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)
The plastic-clad cousin of the 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)
The Micromax Canvas Duet II is a dual-SIM smartphone with GSM+CDMA support. It flaunts a 5.3-inch 1,280 x 720 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor and 1GB RAM. At the back, it features an 8MP camera with LED flash, and in the front it offers a 2MP shooter. Internal storage is on the lower side at 4GB, but can be expanded up to 32GB via a microSD card. The Canvas Duet II runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and is fuelled by a 2,300mAh battery that offers up to 6 hours of talk time.
HTC Desire 700 (Rs 19,200)
The HTC Desire 700 was 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.