For the average Indian, a smartphone has become more than just a style-statement. It has become the need of the hour as more and more consumers find themselves faced with the challenge of upgrading to the next level of telephony and allied services. Ask an elderly citizen of the society and they will tell you how difficult it is to stay up to date with the changing technological trends. A major hurdle in the acceptance of ever evolving technology is the question that, would it be feasible if people really wish to upgrade to a smartphone? Say I can afford one, will I be able to operate it? Your apprehensions may be many. But there is nothing wrong in giving it a try.
The markets are flooding with smartphones across all price margins. The last few months have seen an upsurge in the number of medium to high range handsets being launched simultaneously. Yes, the main competition does appear to lie in these areas. However, one cannot ignore the low-budget smartphone market at all. Most of the South East Asian nations form a huge majority of customers here. Incredible as this may sound, there are more than a 100 brands infusing low-budget smartphones in the markets everyday.
If you find yourself threatened with the “neanderthal” tag and have finally decided to have a go at a smartphone, you may want to take a look at this list of ten popular smartphones which cost less than Rs.5000. Not only are these phones low-budget, they also come with 3G support and trending connectivity options like Wi-Fi with hotspot capability and Bluetooth as well. The reason why a smartphone has been labelled “smart” is precisely because it is capable of guiding human communication aptly. Go ahead and take a look.
1. Micromax Canvas Spark
The Micromax Canvas Spark can be counted among the few low budget phones which clone the high-end devices well. The phone sports a stunningly slim body with a metal rim and 4.7 inches 540p display. With a 2000 mAh battery to power all of your smartphone experiences and 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor with Android’s latest 5.0 Lollipop OS, the phone is sure to lead you on an impressive start. The phone is a Dual Sim device with 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity. The phone also supports a 1 GB RAM with 8 GB internal memory which is expandable up to 32 GB using a micro SD card. The Micromax Canvas Spark priced at Rs. 4999, comes with an 8 MP camera with flash.
2. Samsung Tizen Z1
The Samsung Tizen Z1 is purely a low-budget smartphone for the common man. It’s lowest price in India is Rs.4500. The product’s features include 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor with 0.76 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM the processor is built on the Tizen OS v2.3 and supports a pretty decent interface. The 4 inches 480 x 800p display supports a new interface which is smooth, intuitive and clutter-free. It provides easy access to your commonly used applications while enjoying customisable icons and themes. Popular apps for social networking, news and cricket have been pre-loaded for your convenience. Samsung Z1 also comes with in-built support for 14 regional languages and predictive Hinglish, allowing you to express yourself and enjoy the easiest smartphone experience. the phone also comes packed with a 3.1 MP camera with flash. The Samsung Tizen phone supports Dual SIM with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity options.
3. Intex Cloud M6
This low-budget smartphone comes with a gorgeous 854 x 480 pixels 5 inches display that recreates real-life colours and clear images right before your eyes. The phone operates on a 1.2 GHz Quad core processor with Android OS,4.4.2 KitKat to provide a high speed response to all your network usage. The device comes with a 1.3 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM which is extendable up to 32 GB using a micro SD card. The camera is equipped with an 8 MP lens in the rear with Panorama Shot, Live photo mode, Gesture capture features. It comes with LED flash and Auto-focus as well. As for the Front camera, it features a 5 MP lens. The phone enables users to take pictures through the volume up and volume down buttons as well. the UI comes pre-loaded with Intex zone, Opera mini, OLX, Intex Service,Clean Master and Ask Me Apps. You can also download your favourite Google Apps from the Google Play Store which comes pre-loaded in the device as well. This smartphone is a Dual SIM device with bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity and is priced at Rs. 4999 only.
4. Swipe Konnect ME
Priced at Rs. 3,999, the new Swipe smartphone is available exclusively via Snapdeal. The Swipe Konnect ME is a dual-SIM 3G (GSM+GSM) smartphone which runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat out-of-the-box. It comes with a 4.5-inch (480x854 pixels) FWVGA IPS display with a pixel density of 240ppi that gives you a fairly good screen. The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core MediaTek (unspecified chipset) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM which works perfectly for beginners. The device comes with 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). It sports a 5-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, while there is a secondary 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera also on board. The Swipe Konnect Me offers GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth connectivity options. The smartphone is powered by a 2450 mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 12 hours of talk time, and up to 1080 hours of standby time.
5. InFocus M2
The InFocus M2 is another entry level smartphone which features a 4.2 inches Vibrant 4.2 inch WXGA 355 PPI display with good clarity and sharp images. The performance of the phone is derived from a powerful 1.3 GHz Quad Core processor with 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM. The internal memory of the phone is expandable via a micro SD card up to 64 GB. The device supports a dual 8 MP camera for front and rear with flash and additional features like smile to capture and Beauty Cam for some shots. The device operates on a InLife UI and EZ Launcher for a more natural experience and is built on the Android v4..4.2 KitKat OS. A 2100 mAh battery powers up all the functions of this product. The smartphone is priced at Rs.4999 only.
6. Lava Iris X1 Atom
The Lava Iris X1 Atom is the ultimate stylish smartphone in this category. The device comes with a 4.5 inches (217ppi) IPS display screen with 179° viewing angle. The Android KitKat 4.4.2 OS supports a powerful 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor with 1 GB and 4/8/16 GB ROm with expandable memory through a micro SD up to 32 GB. This phone is available in two variants having 1800 mAh or 2100 mAh Li-Po battery to light up all it’s functions. With the standard Google Android UI, you are assured a smooth and seamless experience while using various apps and files on your device. The front camera comprises an 8 MP BSI+ lens with Auto-focus and Dual LED flash. The 2 MP front camera comes with a multi-element lens which brightens up all your selfies and groupfies with outstanding sharpness and clarity. This Dual SIM 3G enabled device offers 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi support and v4.0 Bluetooth Low Energy connectivity as well. The Lava Iris X1 is available at Rs.4149.
7. Xolo Q600s
The Xolo Q600s is a Dual SIM 3G smartphone running on a 1.2 GHz Broadcom Quad Core Processor with VideoCore IV GPU which is well suited for the gaming buffs among you. The device is supported on an Android 4.4 KitKat OS which runs a refreshing UI that is easy to operate and follow. The device comes in-built with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM with an expandable memory of up to 64 GB. The device is well powered by a 200 mAh battery. The 4.5 inches IPS LCD touch screen 540p display is large enough for the pockets and also supports all your favourite apps and games perfectly. The slim and sleek phone also supports a 5 MP camera with flash. With GPS and GLONASS technology, you will find navigating through the busy streets simple and fun. This smartphone is available at a low price of Rs. 4995
8. Idea FAB 3G
Idea Cellular's Android powered smartphone, FAB 3G is priced at Rs. 4,590 and boasts of a decent spec sheet in addition to attractive 3G offers worth Rs 1,650. FAB is a powerful entry level Smartphone with stunning looks and smooth display. The device runs on Android Jelly Bean OS 4.2 and is powered by 1.2 GHz Dual Core processor. Its 4” touch screen with WVGA display sports a better visual clarity and is highly responsive to touch. Enjoy faster internet browsing, email updates, games and smart applications & widgets, with 4GB internal memory and 1660 mAH powerful battery. A special offer includes free 16GB 3G data + Idea TV with FAB. A 3.2 megapixel rear camera with flash, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, and GPS feature are also included in this dual-SIM device.
9. BSNL My Phone SM3513
In association with Champion Computers, telecom operator BSNL has introduced it’s 3G device which has been dubbed My Phone SM3513. The smartphone comes along with a 3.5-inch touchscreen display and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and dual-core processor. Sporting a Dual-SIM functionality, the device also flaunts a 3-megapixel rear camera, 1.3-megapixel front camera along with a 1,300mAh battery ( talk time of up to 6 hours), Wi-Fi, 32GB microSD support among others. The device is priced at Rs. 4,499 but, can be availed at an even lower discounted price from leading e-commerce portals.
10. Celkon Campus A518
The Celkon Campus A518 is a new member in the low-budget market having been released just this week. The smartphone sports a 5 inches FWVGA Display with 480 X 854 resolution. Celkon Campus A518 comes with a 3.2 MP Rear Camera With Flash and 1.3 MP Front Camera. The smartphone features Messaging, 3G Video Calling, Browser, Radio, A-GPS, SNS Applications, Audio Player, Video 3GP/MP4 Player, Document Viewer, Photo Editor, Organizer, Voice Memo/Dial and Predictive Text Input. This is a dual SIM device which comes with Micro USB Cable, Charger, In-Ear Type Earphones, Screen Guard and Flipcover in the box. This smartphone is a good option for starters looking for a budget smartphone. It is priced at Rs. 4500 in India.