“You don’t need to break the bank to get the sweet taste of KitKat. Here are the top seven options offering the latest Android iteration”
Around a month and a half back, we covered a roundup of top KitKat-flavoured smartphones available under Rs 15,000. But thanks to the intense competition in the Indian market, Android KitKat has now trickled down to the entry-level segment. In fact, you can get a taste of KitKat for as low as Rs 2,999 on the Celkon Campus A35K. So if you want to get an Android KitKat 4.4 smartphone without breaking the bank, here’s a list of the top options for you below Rs 7,000. It’s important to note that the devices mentioned below aren’t listed in order of rank.
The Moto E from the house of Motorola can be credited as the device that started it all. Not only did the smartphone kick off the trend of offering the latest Android at budget pricing, but it also packed a superb spec sheet. It’s outfitted with a 4.3-inch display featuring a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3, making it one of the very few offerings under Rs 10,000 having a protective layer to withstand scratches. Under the hood ticks a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 200 dual-core chipset paired with a gigabyte of RAM. 4GB internal memory is available for installing apps and storing files, and if the need arises, can be expanded further up to 32GB via a microSD card. For imagery, it has a 5-megapixel camera, but sadly misses out on flash and a front shooter, which means it’s a no-go if you’re a selfie-junkie. The dual-SIM device sips power from a 1,980mAh battery.
|Related reads: Moto E review | Moto E FAQ’s|
India’s leading smartphone maker, Micromax was quick to launch a device in direct competition to the Moto E. Another feather in the cap of the Micromax Unite 2 is that it scores on the counts where the Moto E doesn’t. That includes a flash for assisting the 5-megapixel primary shooter for low-light situations as well as a 2MP front-facing camera. It also gets a slightly larger 4.7-inch display, bearing a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Powering the show is a MediaTek MT6582 quad-core SoC with a clock speed of 1.3GHz accompanied by 1GB of RAM. In terms of memory, it has 4GB of expandable internal storage along with support for USB On-the-Go, something which is amiss on the Moto E. The juice is provided by a 2,000mAh battery.
|Related reads: Micromax Unite 2 review | Micromax Unite 2 FAQs|
XOLO, the sister concern of Lava, also took a stab at this segment with the Q600s. Though it was launched at a price of Rs 8,499, thanks to online retailers, it’s now available for a shade above Rs 7,000. The smartphone flaunts a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. It’s equipped with a 1.2GHz quad-core BCM23550 chipset from Broadcom along with a Videocore IV GPU, which suggests that the device will have an upper hand in the graphics area. In the memory department, it offers 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM, that can be extended up to 32GB thanks to the availability of a microSD card slot. To lure shutterbugs, it features a 5MP camera with BSI sensor at the back assisted by an LED flash, and a 0.3MP front shooter. The device is powered by a 2,000mAh battery.
Indian smartphone vendor iBerry also launched a pair of KitKat-toting smartphones and a tablet. The Auxus Linea L1 gets a 4.5-inch OGS display with a FWVGA resolution (854 x 480 pixels). The performance is handled by a quad-core processor ticking at 1.3GHz along with 1GB of RAM. It has 4GB of internal memory and supports expansion up to 64GB. For imaging, the device offers a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA secondary camera. It’s a dual-SIM smartphone and powered by a 2,000mAh battery.
However, the device carries this sticker price for a limited time only, exclusively available on eBay. After that, it’ll cost Rs 7,999.
Intex has also launched a couple of smartphones in this segment with the Aqua N15 competing squarely with the Moto E. The smartphone has a 4-inch display featuring a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Inside the chassis, there’s a 1.3GHz quad-core SoC coupled with 1GB of RAM. It comes with 4GB of built-in storage and supports an additional 32GB of storage via a microSD card. In the camera department, the device edges out all the other handsets in this list as it flaunts an 8-megapixel primary sensor with LED flash. A 2MP secondary camera is available at the front for making video calls and capturing selfies. The device is powered by a 1,600mAh user-replaceable battery.
While the smartphone might not win any awards for its performance, it definitely deserves a mention as it’s the most affordable smartphone running Android KitKat. The Celkon Campus A35K is built around a 3.5-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels. The phone is powered by 1GHz processor backed by 256MB of RAM. For memory, it comes with a paltry 512MB of storage, which thankfully can be increased by 32GB with the help of a microSD card. Camera-wise, it features a 3.2MP shooter at the back and a VGA camera at the front. It’s a dual-SIM device and also supports 3G networks. It draws power from a 1,400mAh Li-ion battery.
The Karbonn Titanium S99 is priced a little cheaper than most smartphones mentioned here, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not loaded in terms of specs. The handset is built around a 4-inch display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. It’s powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core chipset and one gig of RAM. For storage, the smartphone offers 4GB of inbuilt memory, which can be further augmented by making use of a microSD card. In the camera department, it hoffersas a 5-megapixel rear shooter with an LED flash and a VGA camera at the front. The dual-SIM smartphone derives its energy from a 1,400mAh battery.
While the top choices loaded with KitKat and priced below Rs 7,000 are mentioned above, there are a few other options that can be considered in this segment. The first one to figure in this list is the Lava Iris X1 (review | FAQs), which is priced a tad higher at approximately Rs 7,500. But the device makes up for that with its beautiful design and decent 8-megapixel shooter. If you want to own a large screen device, then the Micromax Canvas Entice, priced at Rs 5,999 might be of interest to you thanks to its 5-inch display.