Smartphone Buyers Guide: Top Affordable Full HD Handsets with Quad-Core Processors in India

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By Rohit KVN | December 7, 2013 7:00 PM EST

India, despite being billed as the third biggest smartphone business arena in the world is still a price-sensitive market consisting of middle-class working population who usually shy away from buying high-end expensive MNC branded devices.

However, home grown players like Micromax, Karbonn Mobile and others seem to have cracked the code to attract thrift buyers by offering smartphones with top-of-the-line specifications for half the prices compared to international brands.

For those prospective consumers looking for a cheaper alternative to expensive phones, we have compiled a list of full HD quad-core smartphones with a competitive price tag.

We have also high-lighted stand-out features to give better perspective on the smartphones as most devices pack similar specifications.

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250:             

First on the list, Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 is the company's first full HD smartphone. It sports a 5.0-inch display with a pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch) and runs on the Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS.

Pros:

  • Metallic back cover
  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Good camera applications: Camerazzi
  • Affordable price: around ₹18,000

Cons:

  • Limited memory (only 16GB storage, no microSD card)
  • Needs company attention towards "After-sales" service; needs to increase authorised repair shops in Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns

Karbonn Titanium X:

Karbonn's Titanium X made its debut just a couple of days ago; like its local counterpart Micromax, the Bengaluru based company has come up with a high-end device tucked in with top-of-the-line specs for just ₹18,490.

Pros:

  • Quad-core processor
  • 16GB memory with MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 5.0-megapixel Front-camera with a separate LED flash support
  • NFC (no other local branded device in the market boasts of this feature)
  • Affordable Price (₹18,490)

Cons:

  • 1GB RAM (other counterparts in the market are offering 2GB)
  • Single SIM

 [Note: Karbonn has also added another full HD phone in to its portfolio, interested readers can check out the new Titanium S7 here

Zen Ultra Amaze 701 FHD:

Like the above smartphones, Zen's Ultra Amaze 701 FHD is an affordable phone packing high-end features.

Pros:

  • Magnesium body frame
  • Gorilla Glass 2 screen shield
  • 16GB memory with microSD card (expandable up to 64GB)
  • 8.0-megapixel front camera

Cons:

  • 1GB RAM (other counterparts in the market are offering 2GB for same price)
  • Needs more marketing to spread the brand awareness

Intex Aqua i7:

Launched in August this year, Intex's Aqua i7 is a worthy adversary to local players. It sports an above-average camera for a price-tag of ₹18,999 (Flipkart).

Pros:

  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Gorilla Glass screen shield
  • Good quality main camera (13.0-megapixel)

Cons:

  • no microSD card slot (but 32GB inbuilt storage is enough to satiate average users)
  • Average battery life

Apart from Indian smartphone vendors, there is another affordable phone offered by a Chinese handset maker Gionee. Prospective buyers can check out the Elife E6, which has garnered heaps of praise from tech pundits for its tough build quality, unibody design, retina display and camera specifications (Price: Around ₹21,000). (For more information, Click Here; it is available at Snapdeal for 20,750)  

Key Specifications of Top Indian Affordable Smartphones:

Model

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250

Karbonn Titanium X

Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD

Intex Aqua i7

Display

5.0-inch IPS full HD (1920x1080p) LCD display with CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) technology and boasts pixel density close to 441 ppi (pixels per inch)

5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display with One Glass Screen technology

5.0-inch IPS full HD OGS (One Glass Solution)screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 shield

5.0-inch IPS capacitive display with full HD (1920x1080p)resolution , Corning Gorilla Glass screen shield

OS

Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean

Android v4.2 Jelly Bean

Android v4.2 Jelly Bean

Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean

Processor

MediaTek quad-core processor with 1.5GHz CPU speed

(Chipset: MT6589T)

1.5GHz quad-core processor

1.5GHz quad-core processor

MediaTek quad-core processor with 1.5 GHZ CPU speed

(chipset type: MTK 6589 Turbo)

RAM

2GB

1GB

1GB RAM

2GB

Storage capacity

16GB(non-expandable memory)

16GB, expandable up to 32GB

16GB, expandable up to 64GB

32 GB (24.8GB user memory), no microSD slot

Camera

Main: 13-megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash support and is capable of recording full HD video

Front: 5.0-megapixel camera

Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, auto-focus

Front: 5.0-megapixel camera with flash

Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with LED flash support and boasts BSI 2 sensors

Front 8.0-megapixel camera

Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash support

Front: 5.0-megapixel camera

Battery

2000 mAh;

Talk time: up to 7 hours;

Standby time: 105 hours

2300 mAh;

Talk time: up to 6 hours;

Standby time: 240 hours

2050 mAh

2000 mAh

Talk time: up to 8 hours

Standby mode: 220 hours

Network

3G

3G

3G

3G

Add-ons

Metal back-cover, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, micro-USB v2.0, metal shell.

Single SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, microSD card slot, NFC

Magnesium frame, Dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB connectivity, GPRS/EDGE

Tough- plastic matte finish,  Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro 5-pin port, EDGE/GPRS, A-GPS

Dimensions

128.3 x 71 x 8.6 mm

143.9 x 70.5 x 9.9 mm

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142.7 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm

Weight

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143 g

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143 g

Price

Around ₹18,000/-

Around ₹18,000/-

₹17,999/-

Around 18,999/-

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