The year 2014 was wonderful for you if you believe that owning a smartphone that is beyond the Rs 10,000 mark is a waste of resources. There were several devices released which were within the range and the trend has carried over forward to this year. So, if you were looking to pick up a fully loaded Android smartphone today, and your budget was Rs 10,000, what are your choices? We have the answers for you right here on Techsplurge. Here are the five devices you absolutely must consider picking up:
The Android One Series
If you are looking for devices within the Rs 10,000 mark and updates are of paramount importance to you and you would like a stock Android experience out of the box then the Android One series is worth considering. All the three devices will cost you around Rs 6,000 and while neither of them have exquisite hardware on board, the performances are very consistent across the devices and while they may not stand out, they do ensure a good experience. All three devices have exactly the same specifications, including a 4.5 inch FWVGA display, 5 MP camera and 1700 mAh battery with a Dual SIM configuration.
The Red Mi Note
Xiaomi’s Mi Note is a device that has endured a controversial time since launching in India. The 3G variant of the device was banned from being sold in India due to a patent infringement case by Ericsson. The 4G version of the device is still on sale in India and is one of the most affordable phablet devices out there. If you can look beyond the slightly chunky construction, the RedMi Note is a fine device to take home. Specifications like 5.5 inch 72- P display, Snapdragon 400 SoC and LTE on board make the Mi Note a wonderful device at Rs 9,999.
Motorola Moto E
The Motorola Moto E changed the game for budget Android devices when it was launched last year. The second-generation device is set to launch in India in four days, so if you are planning to pick up the Moto E, our advice is to wait for another 10 days or so. While both the Moto E first gen and second gen are pretty similar in specifications, things like a larger screen, bigger internal storage are really important and good additions. The second generation Moto E will remain a Flipkart exclusive like the first generation.
Asus Zenfone devices
The Asus Zenfone series has several devices within the Rs 10,000 mark. You have devices like the Zenfone 4, Zenfone C and the Zenfone 5 8 GB variant, all of which are really competitive in their segment. We especially like the Asus Zenfone 5 which packs a really powerful punch with its 5 inch HD display, 8 MP rear camera, 2 GB RAM and an expandable memory up to 64 GB. We also must compliment the skin on top of ZenPhone devices, which is perhaps our favorite implementation on Android phones after Sense skin on HTC phones.
Perhaps the best smartphone in the below Rs 10,000 mark, the Yu from Yureka is an Amazon exclusive device. Running CyanogenMod out of the box, the Yu brings LTE, Snapdragon 615 SoC, 5.5 inch 720 P display, 13 MP camera and 2500 mAh battery. The device is set to get the Lollipop update in the last week of March, so you are covered with that. The only issue with the device is the availability, which is scarce, to say the least. All the flash sales so far have ended virtually in seconds, so if you like to pick your phone in your own leisure time, the Yu Yureka may not be the best option for you.
Those were our top five recommendations of the devices in the Rs 10,000 range which run Android out of the box. Which one of the listed devices is your favorite? Let us know by commenting in the section below.