At WWDC 2014, Apple took the mickey out of Android and its partners by stating that while nine out of ten iOS users are already on iOS 7, only one out of ten Android users are on KitKat currently. The reason for low adoption rate for the latest Android update is that usually the segment that sells the most volumes is so bereft of the specifications required to run the latest OS updates, that most of the phones in this range are sold with Android versions that were released a year or maybe more ago. However, since these are the phones that actually sell in bulk, this problem needs addressing and Google is certainly paying attention to it as Android 4.4 KitKat is specifically made keeping the lower end devices in mind. It is well documented that Android phones with 512 MB of RAM with stock Android UI will work perfectly well with KitKat on it.
The first Android phone to really bring KitKat out of the box to this budget category of below Rs 8,000 was the Moto E, and since the Moto E, several players have brought their competitors in the arena. So, if you are looking for an Android phone within the budget of Rs 8,000 with latest Android OS, you have a decent choice. Here are the five devices that you could pick up:
Perhaps the best known device in the category, Motorola Moto E remains the toughest device on the list to own currently. Thanks to extremely high demand and lack of inventory, Flipkart is really struggling here. The sad bit is the device is available only online, though rumors are that Motorola will make all the Moto range of handsets available in the brick and mortar shops next month. The Moto E packs some interesting specs though, by no means the best in the category as the main focus here is on the user experience than just pure specs, which by all accounts has been very good. The Moto E packs a 4.3 inch qHD display with a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 200 SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of ROM with slot for Micro SD expansion, 5 MP rear camera and 1980 mAh battery. The Moto E is available for Rs 6,999 from Flipkart.
It was barely a week since Motorola had announced the Moto E, that Micromax brought the Unite 2 in the market. The two devices not surprisingly have the exact same pricing though, we do prefer the design of the Moto E as compared to the Unite 2. The performances are similar, though with the Moto E you get a more polished and vanilla Android feel, while with the Unite 2 you will have to make do with some Micromax bloatware. All is not bad though, cause you can actually use some of this bloatware, for example the app which lets you watch ads and credits you with airtime to make phone calls can be rather useful if you are short on cash. In terms of specifications offered, the Unite 2 comes with a 4.7 inch WVGA display with a 1.3 GHz Quad Core SoC, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB ROM with Micro SD Expansion and a 5 MP rear and 2 MP front facing camera. The battery on board is a 2,000 mAh and the phone can be picked offline as well as online here.
Xolo Q1000 Opus
The only device with a 5 inch display in the series, the Xolo Q1000 Opus is without a doubt the largest device in our list. The device apart from the large display that in all honesty does not look all that great with a FWVGA resolution has the exact same specifications as the Unite 2. The processor on board is a 1.2 GHz Quad Core Chip with the RAM, ROM, rear camera and the battery remaining exactly the same. While the phone was launched with Android 4.2 on board, Xolo was quick with the update and the newer variants of the phone are shipping with KitKat out of the box. The device is also one of the first devices from Xolo to run the latest Android version. The device is available offline and can be picked for about Rs 7,000 in the market. The E-Com portals have the phone for about Rs 7975 such as here.
Lava announced the Lava Iris X1 last week to make sure it did not trail behind the competition. The device is easily the most expensive on our list here as it retails for about Rs 7,999. It would be available both online and offline. The device features a 4.5 inch FWVGA display with a 1.2 GHZ Quad Core SoC and 1 GB of RAM. There is 4 GB storage which is expandable thanks to Micro SD card slot and the phone has the highest in its class 8 MP camera. The battery though, is 1,800 mAh.
The Xolo 600 Qs is one of the most recent releases and while the phone was launched at Rs 8,499, you can pick it for an introductory price of Rs 7,499 from Snapdeal. It features a OGS design, making it one of the best looking devices in the market. The display is a 4.5 inch qHD IPS display which will be a part of a OGS or One Glass Solution body. On the specs scale the Xolo 600 Qs does decently well as it brings a 1.2 GHz Broadcom Quad Core SoC with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB storage with expandable memory. The device has a 2,000 mAh battery and Xolo claims more than 47 hours of music playback on it.
These were some of the best devices we could recommend which are below the Rs 10,000 mark and run KitKat. Which one are you going to go with? Do let us know.