New sub-Rs. 10,000 Android smartphones in the Indian market from Q2 2012
Affordable or entry-level Android based smartphones are a huge hit in the Indian market. Moreover there are a variety of options to choose from including those from major manufacturers and the much affordable ones from local manufacturers. Spice Mobiles and Micromax Mobiles have launched some decent products and are now focusing on better quality devices.
Most of these devices are quite similar in specifications but have noticeable difference. In this post we have compiled a list of all the latest Android powered smartphones available in the Indian market which are priced less than Rs. 10,000 for the budget-oriented consumer. These include smartphones from iBall, Micromax, Spice, ViewSonic and others which launched in the last three months.
ViewSonic ViewPhone 3
The ViewPhone 3 launched back in May and is a dual-SIM capable affordable Android based smartphone which is officially priced at Rs. 9,990. It runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, has a 3.5-inch display, 800MHZ processor, 512MB of RAM, microSD card slot with support for up to 32GB of card and a 1500 mAh battery. It also includes a 5 megapixel rear camera and supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity.
Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja
This device was a first from Micromax to features the voice assistant known as AISHA (Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant) and the device is officially priced at just Rs. 4,999. It is powered by a 650MHz processor, sports a 3.1-inch display, 2 megapixel rear camera, microSD card slot, WiFi and 3G connectivity. The Micromax A50 Superfone Ninja is a dual-SIM capable device which runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box.
Micromax A45 Superfone Punk
You might already know this device from the ongoing TV campaign from Micromax. The A45 Superfone Punk is supposedly a device for music enthusiasts and it comes bundled with ‘stylish headphones’. The device is also powered by a 650MHz processor, it has a 3.5-inch display, dual-SIM capable, runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread, supports Wi-Fi however there is no 3G connectivity. The device is officially priced at Rs. 5,499 it includes AISHA and comes pre-loaded with the latest Rihanna album.
Spice Stellar Mi-425
A new affordable smartphone from Spice Mobiles which sports a big 4-inch display and it is powered by a 1GHz Qualcomm processor and a 245MHz GPU. The device runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread (upgradable to Android 4.0 ICS), it has a 5 megapixel rear camera, front facing VGA quality camera, dual-SIM capability 512MB of RAM and expandable storage up to 32GB via a microSD card. The Spice Stellar Mi-425 is officially priced at Rs. 9,999.
iBall Andi 4d
This device is a recent launch and it is officially priced at Rs. 9,490. The iBall Andi 4d sports a 4-inch display, it is powered by a 1GHz processor and it runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It is a dual-SIM capable device which has a 5 megapixel rear camera, it supports Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with expandable memory up to 32GB via a microSD card.
iBall Andi 3e
This is a much affordable Android smartphone from iBall which is officially priced at Rs. 6,990. This is also a dual-SIM capable entry-level Android smartphone which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by a 650MHz processor. The iBall Andi 3e has a 3.2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth and it supports GPRS connectivity as there is no 3G.
LG Optimus L3 E400
The Optimus L3 E400 is a device from the Korean manufacturer which runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread and is powered by an 800MHz processor. The device is officially priced at Rs. 7,949 and is sports a 3.2-inch display, 3 megapixel rear camera, 1GB built-in storage, expandable memory up to 32GB using a microSD card, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity along with a 1500 mAh battery. This is a non dual-SIM capable entry-level Android smartphone.
This is yet another dual-SIM capable affordable Android smartphone launch in the Indian market in Q2 2012. The Idea ID-918 is a 3G capable device and users a get a data and voice plan from Idea Cellular which is applicable for the first three months. It has a 3.2-inch display, runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 3.2 megapixel front facing camera and the device is powered by a 650MHz processor.
As you can see from this list most of these affordable devices and dual-SIM capable smartphones mostly from local manufacturers, so we would like to ask you, “Which is the local manufacturer you trust the most?”
Also if you think we skipped an sub-Rs.10,000 Android smartphone which launched in Q2 2012 do let us know in the comments below.