Smartphone Shootout 2013: five smartphones under Rs14,000

With the smartphone market booming, we figured is was well time to launch a smartphone shootout of phones under Rs14,000. But rather than simply pit five similar phones against each other, we decided to look across the market and see just how great the difference in specs are in phones at this price point. We’ve looked at both the big names and lesser-known brands to see just what you can buy for your Rs14,000.

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Samsung Galaxy Fame S6810

Samsung’s Galaxy Fame is selling for around Rs11,200 and for your money, you’re getting a basic HVGA (320×480-pixel) touchscreen panel inside a 3.5-inch chassis, powered by a 1GHz processor and Android 4.1.2 operating system.

It features a 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery, said to be good for 380 hours standby and six hours talk time in 3G mode.

Overall weight comes in at 120grams and while there’s 4GB of flash storage on-board, you can expand it to 32GB via MicroSD card.

Like most phones available now in India, this one features dual SIM slots too.

 

 

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HTC Desire U

HTC’s new Desire U is the new kid on the block, just going up for pre-order this week at Rs13,500. This phone comes with a larger four-inch screen, packing in 480×800-pixel resolution. It’s also powered by a 1GHz processor but runs Android 4.0 – Ice Cream Sandwich.

It has a larger 1600mAh Lithium-ion battery but at this stage, there’s no information on its talk or standby times. Certainly with a larger battery, we would expect it to at least match the S6810 if not surpass it.

Overall weight comes in at a lighter 114grams. Again, there’s 4GB of storage on-board, expandable to 32GB by way of MicroSD card.

It too features dual-SIM card slots.

umix2UMI X2

This Chinese-brand phone is one that’ll be tough to beat – it’s a big five-inch model with 1080×1920-pixel resolution and powered by MediaTek’s 1.5GHz quad-core MediaTek MTK6589 SoC chip. It currently runs Android 4.1, but the company said it would receive a 4.2 update in April this year. You can have it online for as little as Rs14,000.

It comes with a sizeable 2500mAh Lithium-ion battery to match its specs but no mention of talk or standby times.

Overall weight tips the scales at 155grams. UMI has loaded up this phone with 2GB of RAM plus 32GB of on-board flash, expandable by up to another 32GB through its Micro SD card slot. And yep, it’s a dual-SIM card phone.

lumia620Nokia Lumia 620

Nokia’s Lumia 620 comes in between the lower-spec’d models and the X2. It has a price tag of around Rs14,000 so shop around for a good deal. It combines a 3.8-inch TFT LCD panel with 480×800-pixel resolution – similar to the original HTC Desire – but is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4, a dual-core CPU clocking in at 1GHz. It run Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system.

It comes with a comparatively small 1300mAh Lithium-ion battery, rated for up to 330 hours standby and up to 9hours50mins talk time on 3G.

It weighs in at an orderly 127grams and comes with 8GB of on-board flash, expandable up to 64GB, thanks to its MicroSD card slot. Unlike the other models, this phone supports only a single microSIM card.

q800Xolo Q800

The Xolo Q800 gives the UMI X2 plenty to think about. It delivers a 4.5-inch I-PS panel with 960×540-pixel resolution and combines it with MediaTek’s MT6589M quad-core Cortex A7 processor ticking over at 1.2GHz. It runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system.

It includes a decent 2100mAh Lithium-ion battery, good for up to ten hours talk time on 3G and up to 360 hours standby.

It weighs 143grams and includes 4GB of on-board flash, expandable by up to 32GB through its MicroSD card slot. Like the Lumia 620, the Q800 only features a single microSIM card slot.

This one comes in at around Rs11,500.

 

Which one?

Of the five, we like the Xolo Q800 and UMI X2 for their value for money – both offering quad-core performance for under Rs14,000. The Galaxy Fame doesn’t really offer enough in comparison for the money but if you want a big-name brand supporting you, it’s an option. We’d lean towards the Nokia 620 if you’re happy to go with a Windows Phone 8 phone (particularly with its good talk time) while the Desire U, again, doesn’t match the Xolo or UMI for overall value.

In the end, it comes down to which phone you feel more comfortable with. The Xolo Q800 is slightly lighter and slightly smaller but the UMI X2 delivers a big 1080p screen resolution for its price tag. If you’re going to choose the UMI X2, try to find out the talk/standby times before you purchase just to get an idea of battery life. Certainly, the X2 is an impressive package given the price.

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