A short review on 4G technology and the best 4G mobile phones available in India.
4G is in fact the short form for Fourth Generation internet. It is the fourth generation of mobile telecommunications technology which is aimed at faster data transfers online. The average 3G internet transfers data at speeds ranging from 400kbps to 4000kbps. However, the 4G connectivity promises peak rates of up to 1Gbps. However, in practical cases, the predecessors of the 4G networks - Mobile WiMax and LTE have shown to be little short of the 1Gbps as benchmarked by the International Telecommunications Union, a standard body based in Geneva, Switzerland.
Most Telecom companies globally had already developed faster and more efficient versions of the 3G internet service by 2008. 3GPP (3rd Generation Partnership Project), Mobile WiMax (IEEE 802.16), LTE (Long Term Evolution) and Ultra Mobile Broadband (UMB) are the forerunners to the 4G technology.
Bharati Airtel was the first Telecom service provider in India to offer its customers a first glimpse of 4G internet connectivity through in Kolkata on 10th April 2012. And recently 4G mobile services were introduced in Bangalore. With these developments, the need for 4G services to be introduced in atleast 100 major cities across India has arisen.
4G internet connectivity will open up numerous possibilities in terms of video streaming, faster uploads and downloads, 3D television, holographic gaming and high definition visuals. The power usage would definitely be higher than the existing networks but the quality of services and the heightened internet experience will surpass such concerns.
Currently, the top contenders for 4G mobiles in India are:
1. Lenovo A6000
Undoubtedly the cheapest 4G Smartphone which guarantees you value for your money. The Lenovo A6000 is a dual SIM device with a 5 inch IPS HD display, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM along with support for microSD cards up to 32 GB and twin speaker with dolby digital plus. The device works on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 64-bit chip and Android KitKat 4.4.4. Features like an 8 MP primary camera with autofocus and an LED flash, 2 MP front camera and a 2300 mAh battery are packed into this Smartphone which is priced at Rs. 6999 only. It will also be updated to Android Lollipop in the near future.
2. Xiomi Redmi Note 4G
This stylish Smartphone has a 5.5 inch IPS HD display, runs on Android 4.2 (upgradable to 5.0), 2 GB RAM, 8 GB ROM and supports expandable memory up to 64 GB via microSD card. Other top features include a 13 MP rear camera with AF and LED flash, 5 MP front camera, and is powered by a 1.6 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chipset. The 3100 mAh Li-Po battery sustains power for the 4G connectivity and is available for Rs. 9,999 in the current market through Flipkart’s flash sales.
3. Xiaomi Mi4
Xiaomi Mi4 is a smaller 5 inch IPS full HD display Smartphone with an 8MP front camera and 13 rear camera with AF and LED flash. Its hardware consists of a Snapdragon 801 chip, 3 GB RAM and 3080 mAh Li-ion battery. The device can operate only a single SIM and runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat. It also supports an IR blaster for acting as a universal remote but lacking support for NFC. The Xiomi Mi4 does not support extendable memory and comes in two storage options of 16 and 32 GB costing Rs. 19,999 and Rs. 23,999. It is also slated to receive the Android Lollipop upgrade in near future. This Smartphone can be picked up online through once-in-a week Flash sales on Flipkart.
4. Yu Yureka
Yes, gone are the days when Micromax mobiles formed the group of cheap and faulty mobile manufacturers. With the Yu Yureka Smartphone based on Cyanogen OS based on Android OS, Micromax has stepped up its stand in the mobile market in India. The main advantage of using CM (Cyanogen) OS based phones is the fact that they’ll receive regular and daily updates with bug fixes and new features for a period of quite a few years. This makes it an attractive option for all technologically conscious people out there. At Rs. 8999, Yu Yureka offers a very good mix of features like- Snapdragon 615 octa-core 64-bit chip, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory and supports micro SD cards up to 32 GB. It is also a dual SIM phone which boasts a 5.5 inch IPS HD display protected by Gorilla Glass3 for protection against scratches. It runs on CM11S OS (Android 4.4.4) and is guaranteed to receive the CM12S (Android Lollipop) upgrade soon. Other top features include 13 MP rear camera with auto focus and LED flash accompanied by a 5 MP front facing unit for taking selfies, and a 2500 mAh Li-Po battery. Yu Yureka is available on Amazon.com.
5. Huawei Honor 4X
This is another budget 4G Smartphone with minimal specifications such as - dual SIM, Quad Core, 1.2 GHz Processor, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, and Memory Card Supported, upto 32 GB. The Smartphone also supports a 13 MP primary camera with flash and auto focus and a 5 MP front camera. The phone is powered by a 3000 mAH battery and runs on Android, v4.4.2 KitKat. This 5.5 inch 720 x 1280 pixel resolution screen device is priced at Rs. 9999 and can easily be picked up at top online stores.
6. OnePlus One
OnePlus One or OPO is an entry level Smartphone priced at less than half the price of the current new entries. Like the Xiaomi Mi4, it comes in 2 models- 16 GB and 64 GB priced at Rs. 18,999 and 21,999 respectively. Its hardware specifications include quad-core Snapdragon 801 SoC, 3 GB RAM, 3100 mAh battery. It supports only a single SIM with 4G and also has NFC support to be used a single remote for all devices. The phone is fitted with a 13 MP primary camera with dual LED flash and 5MP front cam and a 5.5 inch IPS LCD full HD display with Gorilla Glass 3. It runs on CM11S as of now and will be upgraded to Android Lollipop via CM12S shortly. This phone can be purchased on invitation from Amazon.com.