Want a dual SIM phone under INR 20,000 which doesn’t suck on performance as the Samsung Galaxy S Duos did the last year? Here are top 5 phones that you should consider before making any decision. All these phones will perform well even with heavy workload such as multi-tabbed web browsing, gaming or multitasking. Almost all of these phones are equipped with MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor which is becoming the champion of the mid-range smartphone industry, thanks to low power sipping ARM Cortex A7 cores, decently powerful PowerVR SGX544MP GPU and most of all, compatibility with dual SIM connectivity, which is at an all-time high demand in India, China and other surrounding countries.
Micromax Canvas 4 A210
Launched with much fanfare and anticipation, the Micromax Canvas 4 was not quite what we all expected, but that may not be a bad thing after all. Despite missing the anticipated ‘full HD 1080p screen’, the Micromax Canvas 4 is the best ever smartphone from the stable of Micromax.
Priced at INR 18,000, the Micromax Canvas 4 has the regular 1.2 GHz quad-core MT6589 processor, 1 GB of RAM and a generous 16 GB of internal storage. The camera has been upgraded to 13 MP at the back as Micromax wants to be similar to Samsung, at least on paper. It has a 5 MP front snapper, and you should be happy if you are fond of self-portraits. The rear camera can shoot full HD 1080p videos, thanks to Sony BSI sensor, which was also used in Sony Xperia Z. The UI is almost stock except some custom apps and app icons which look childish, but then, you can install Nova launcher and get rid of unwanted apps, or at least hide them. You can check out a list of the best Android apps from here.
Connectivity wise, its all topped-up thanks to 42 Mbps HSDPA, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro USB and Dual SIM slots.
Karbonn Titanium S9
The Karbonn Titanium S9 price is around INR 17,000 and is directly competing with the Micromax Canvas 4 and is equipped with almost similar specifications. This phone is yet another phablet with a large 5.5 inch HD screen and a generous 2600 mAh battery.
It has the same MediaTek quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 16 GB of ROM. Running on Android 4.2 JellyBean, this dual SIM device can also take 13 MP images from its rear autofocus camera. The camera sensor is equipped with LED flash and HD video recording. Strangely, very similar to Micromax Canvas 4, even Titanium S9 has a 5 MP front snapper. Connectivity department is well stuffed, thanks to dual SIM, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and Micro USB 2.0.
The Xolo brand was started with Intel as their partner but they soon realised that on-paper specifications matter a lot in India to the consumers. They soon started collaborating with MediaTek as their SoC partner. The result is the Xolo Q1000 which competes directly with the ultra-popular Micromax Canvas HD and in our recent review, it turned out to be a better choice than the Micromax Canvas HD. This phone has a better overall design and screen quality.
The Xolo Q1000 comes pre-installed with Android 4.2.1 JellyBean which is powered by MediaTek MT6589 SoC, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM. The imaging department is handled by an 8 MP BSI sensor with autofocus lens, LED flash and 720p HD video recording. There is also a 1.2 MP front-facing camera. The 5 inch IPS LCD screen incorporates an OGS [One Glass Solution] panel which is thinner and lighter than other solutions in spite of less reflectivity. Connectivity includes everything except NFC but considering that it is not used as much as Google expected, that may be okay with a lot of buyers. The 2100 mAh battery lasts till evening and we found it to be a bit less, and a 2400 mAh battery would have been great. The Android OS is also stock and has much less bloatware and ugly icons compared to Micromax smartphones.
The Xolo Q1000 is currently selling for a price of INR 13,000 and is the best choice if your budget is under INR 15K.
Sony Xperia C
If you are brand conscious but were cursing international brands for not releasing quad-core budget phones like Indian brands did, here is the answer to your rants. The Sony Xperia C is almost similar to the Xolo Q1000 but with a better camera, build quality and battery life.
The Sony Xperia C is a dual SIM Android 4.2.2 smartphone with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. It comes with 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and full HD 1080p video recording. There is also a VGA front-facing camera with 480p video recording. The screen although is not HD, instead its a 5 inch qHD (960 x 540 pixels) display with pixel density of 220 PPI. There’s Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, A-GPS but NFC is missing. There’s a huge 2390 mAh battery and its sure to last more than a day, considering the software and hardware optimisations from Sony.
This phone is expected to be released in August at a price no more than INR 20,000.
Lenovo IdeaPhone S920
Lenovo is like a love-child of cheap Indian brands and high quality international brands. It has almost 90-95% of the quality and looks compared to top smartphone brands like Samsung, Sony and HTC but at a price which is almost similar to the brands like Lava, Micromax and Karbonn.
The Lenovo IdeaPhone S920 is priced at INR 18,000 and comes pre-installed with Android 4.2 JellyBean. It is equipped with 1.2 GHz Quad-Core processor (MediaTek MT6589), 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of ROM. The 5.3 inch IPS LCD OGS capacitive multitouch screen has a resolution of 1280 x 720 and the camera at the back has a maximum resolution of 8 MP while the front camera is 2 MP. Usual connectivity features include Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n, A-GPS and Micro USB 2.0 port. The whole package is served the power through a 2250 mAh battery.
You can’t go wrong with any of these but if you are brand-conscious, you need to wait, as the Sony Xperia C is not launched yet. If you want full HD video recording, you need to shell out more than INR 16K, otherwise, you can be all good well.