Intex has launched a new budget smartphone in India, the Aqua S7. Launched at an event in New Delhi on Monday, the 4G VoLTE-enabled Intex Aqua S7 has been priced at Rs. 9,499, and will come with the Reliance Jio Welcome Offer. The phone will be made available in Rose Gold, Dark Blue, and Champagne colour variants, however, exact availability was not detailed.
The dual-SIM Intex Aqua S7 runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow out of the box, and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display at Rs. 9,499. The smartphone is powered by a 64-bit 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 SoC coupled with Mali-T720 GPU and 3GB of RAM. Another highlight of the smartphone is that it sports a fingerprint sensor on the rear panel.
The smartphone sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash module, and a 5-megapixel front camera. The Aqua S7 bears 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is expandable via microSD card. In terms of connectivity, the phone supports 4G, VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio, 3.5mm audio jack, and GPS/ A-GPS as options. The smartphone houses a 3200mAh battery. The Intex Aqua S7 measures 142.5×72.5×8.7mm and weighs 150 grams.
Intex last week launched smartphones Aqua Costa and Aqua 4.5 3G smartphones. The Intex Aqua Costa was launched at priced of Rs. 5,449 while the Intex Aqua 4.5 3G was priced at Rs. 3,349. Both smartphones are expected to be made available in India soon.
Lenovo is reportedly gearing up to launch a smartphone called the A6600 in India. According to a report, the smartphone has gone on sale via offline retailers in the country with an MRP of Rs. 6,999, while the MOP of the product will be Rs. 6,600. At the time of writing, the Lenovo A6600 was not listed on the company site.
The new A-series handset from Lenovo is said to feature a 5-inch HD IPS display and will run near stock Android Marshmallow version. It is reportedly powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735P processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. The handset will support expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). The dual-SIM smartphone is also said to sport an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, apart from a 2-megapixel front camera. The handset is said to support 4G with VoLTE. The handset’s launch in India was reported by Phoneradar.
The Chinese company is also expected to unveil the Lenovo Zuk Z2 in India as the Lenovo Z2 Plus, which was launched in China in May at CNY 1,799 (roughly Rs. 18,400).
The Zuk Z2 features a 5-inch full-HD 2.5D display with anti-oil and anti-fingerprint protection on top. It is powered by 64-bit Snapdragon 820 processor with 4GB of LPPDR4 RAM. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera as well as an 8-megapixel on the front, along with slow-motion video recording at 960fps features. The Z2 also packs a 3500mAh battery, which may be what the teaser is alluding to.
LG has launched its X cam smartphone in India, featuring a dual rear camera setup with a 120-degree wide-angle lens. The smartphone has been priced at Rs. 19,990 and will be available in its Titan Silver colour variant from Friday across stores in India.
The dual-SIM (Nano-SIM) card supporting LG X cam was first unveiled in February ahead of MWC 2016, but only started rolling out globally in March.
Apart from the dual rear camera setup, the other highlight of the LG X cam is its 3D Arc Glass design. The smartphone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with the LG UI 5.0 skin atop. It sports a 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) In-cell display, is powered by a 1.14GHz octa-core SoC, coupled with Mali-T720MP3 GPU and 2GB of RAM.
As for optics, the LG X cam bears a 13-megapixel + 5-megapixel rear camera setup, with the second sensor coupled with a wide-angle lens. On the front, the smartphone bears a 5-megapixel camera. LG is also touting a Pop Out Picture feature that combines 6 images into a moving image. The X cam comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 2TB) in the hybrid dual-SIM card slot.
Connectivity options on board the LG X cam include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.2, GPS/ A-GPS, Micro-USB, 3.5mm audio jack, and FM radio with RDS. Sensors on board include proximity, accelerometer, magnetometer, and ambient light sensor. The smartphone weighs in at 118 grams, and measures 147.7×73.6×6.9mm. It’s powered by a 2520mAh battery.Note: An earlier version of this article quoted a Rs. 21,500 price tag based on the company listing.
Vivo has launched 4G VoLTE-enabled Vivo Y21L smartphone in India, the successor to the Y21, at Rs. 7,490. The smartphone is now available in the country in White and Grey colour variants.
The dual-SIM Vivo Y21L sports a 4.5 inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display and and runs on the company’s Funtouch OS 2.5 based on Android 5.1 Lollipop. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 (MSM8916) processor paired with 1GB of RAM. The smartphone has 5-megapixel rear camera with flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.
The latest addition to Vivo’s lineup of affordable smartphones comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options on board the Vivo Y21L apart from 4G and VoLTE support include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack, and Micro-USB with USB OTG compatibility.
The smartphone bears a 2000mAh battery, weighs in at 145 grams, and measures 130.7×66.4×9.2mm. Sensors on board the Y21L include accelerometer, ambient light sensor, proximity sensor, and a magnetometer.
Vivo says the Y21L comes with unique features such as Palm Capture and Voice Capture. The company claims that the former feature helps users click more detailed, sharper and vivid photos while the latter one allows users to click the pictures by just saying the word “Cheese”. Other features include Smart Wake and Smart Click. Smart Wake allows gesture shortcuts while the Smart Click feature lets you bring up customised features or apps by holding down the volume key.
“We are pleased to offer the new Y21L packed with 4G VoLTE technology to our Indian customers at an affordable price of Rs. 7490. With this device, we reassure our commitment to offer quality products to our valued customers”, Vivo India’s CMO Vivek Zhang said about the launch in an emailed statement.
Lava has launched a 4G VoLTE-supporting smartphone, the X38, priced at Rs. 7,399 on the company website. While the company has not officially detailed availability, the dual-SIM smartphone already available for purchase online, and is currently listed for as little as Rs. 6,599 on Flipkart.
The Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Lava X38 sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS On-Cell display, and is powered by a 1GHz quad-core (unspecified) processor. The smartphone comes with 1GB of DDR3 RAM and has an inbuilt storage of 8GB, which is expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB).
The smartphone has an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, both coupled with an LED flash. In terms of connectivity, apart from the support for 4G VoLTE, the Lava X38 supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, and GPS.
One of the most attractive features about the phone is that it packs a 4000mAh Li-Polymer battery, which company claims, gives you a 36-hour power backup. Lava X38 measures 155×71.8×8.9mm and weighs 162 grams. The smartphone also features a ‘Super Power Saver mode’ that company claims, extends the standby time by up to 546 hours. The phone is available in Blue and Grey colour variants.
Last month, Lava unveiled two Android smartphones, the X17 and X50, in India priced at Rs. 6,899 and Rs. 8,699 respectively. Both the smartphones are 4G compatible but X17 comes running Android 6.0 Marshmallow whereas X50 comes along with Android 5.1 Lollipop.
After launching the Aqua Power HD 4G last month, Intex has added another smartphone to its Aqua series. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 has been listed on the company website with a price of Rs. 5,599, however the company has not yet provided details about availability – we can expect an announcement soon.
As for the specifications, the Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 supports dual-SIM (Micro + Micro) cards and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It features a 5-inch FWVGA (480×854 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 protection and a pixel density of 196ppi. The smartphone is powered by a 1GHz MediaTek MT6735 quad-core processor with ARM Mali-T720 MP1 GPU and 1GB of RAM. It offers 8GB of inbuilt storage with the option to expand further via microSD card (up to 32GB).
Optics include a 5-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, and a 2-megapixel selfie camera also with flash. Other camera features include smile detection, face beauty, panorama mode, and voice capture. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 packs a 2800mAh battery, and the company claims it is rated to deliver up to 16 hours of talk time on 3G and 4G, and around 466 hours of standby tune. Connectivity options include 4G, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB port, and GPS/ A-GPS. The smartphone measures 141.2×72.3×9.47mm and weighs 150 grams. The Intex Aqua Strong 5.1 comes with several pre-loaded apps like Matrabhasha, Online Software Update, Clean Master, Opera Mini, Opera Max, and Saavn. The company is also touting features like Emergency Rescue and Turbo Download. The smartphone is made available in White, Blue, and Champagne colour options.
Just last week, Intex also launched the Cloud String V2.0 in India for Rs. 6,499. The smartphone sports a fingerprint scanner, has an inbuilt SOS feature for emergencies, and was made available exclusively on Flipkart.
Panasonic on Monday launched the Eluga Arc 2 smartphone in India, priced at Rs. 12,290. The smartphone will be available to purchase in Gold and Rose Gold colour variants. The company is also bundling a protective screen guard.
The Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 is the successor to the Eluga Arc (Review) smartphone launched in April this year at Rs. 12,490.
The company is touting a couple of features of the Eluga Arc 2, namely, its Turbo Download feature (which aggregates mobile data and Wi-Fi for faster downloads) and the 2.5D curved glass with Asahi Dragontrail protection it has used for the display – apart from the Outdoor-Pro Display technology for sunlight legibility.
Panasonic says the Eluga Arc 2 sports ‘minimal plastic’ on the metal body made out of CNC aluminium, and the smartphone also supports the USB OTG option.
Coming to the specifications, the dual-SIM (Micro + Nano) Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow, and sports a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixel) On-Cell Touch display.
The smartphone is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor that’s coupled with 3GB of RAM. The Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
The Eluga Arc 2 packs 32GB of inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 128GB). Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE support, Wi-Fi, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, and FM radio.
The smartphone is powered powered by a 2450mAh battery, measures 144x72x7.6mm, and weighs 147.00 grams. Sensors on board the Panasonic Eluga Arc 2 include proximity sensor, ambient light sensor, and an accelerometer.
Commenting on the launch, Pankaj Rana, Business Head – Mobility Division, Panasonic said, “After receiving a tremendous response for Eluga Arc, we are delighted to present the metallic version – Eluga Arc 2, in gold and rose gold colour. A perfect blend of innovation and style, the new Eluga Arc 2 is made with dual 2.5D curved glass and metal body. The new smartphone has minimal plastic material, providing a seamless convergence of style and performance for consumers. The metallic body also allows the smartphone to withstand the everyday wear and tear. For Panasonic India, it is a step forward to make our consumer’s life smarter, easier and more stylish.”
Intex has introduced a new smartphone – the Aqua Power HD 4G – priced at Rs. 8,363. The smartphone is now listed on the company website with no details about the availability, but we can expect the smartphone to be available in the market soon.
The new Intex Aqua Power HD 4G is the successor to the company’s Aqua Power HD smartphone launched in 2015.
The dual-SIM Aqua Power HD 4G runs Android 5.1 Lollipop, and features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 294ppi. The company touts that the screen to body ratio on the handset is almost 66 percent.
The new Intex smartphone is powered by a 1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6592M processor, coupled with 2GB of RAM. Sporting an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash, the Aqua Power HD 4G also sports a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.
It bears 16GB of built-in storage that is expandable via microSD card (32GB). Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, Micro-USB 2.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and a 3.5mm audio jack. The smartphone also supports 4G connectivity and is compatible with Indian LTE bands. The company however notes that the smartphone will support 4G on one SIM at a time.
Measuring 144×72.8×9.6mm, the Aqua Power HD 4G is backed by a 3900mAh battery that is rated to deliver up to 390 hours of standby time, and up to 7 hours of talk-time. It weighs 155 grams and bears an accelerometer, ambient light sensor, and proximity sensor. The official listing confirms that the Intex Aqua Power HD 4G will be available in Blue, Champagne, and Grey.
Most new smartphones support 4G in India, but there are so many options in the market that it can be hard to zero in on any one of them. You could spend several hours poring over specification sheets and still be unable to decide which phone you should buy. That is where this article will help.
We’ve reviewed several of the best 4G smartphones in the market, some of which cost less than Rs. 10,000. Here are our top picks from this budget segment. Remember that we’ve only considered smartphones we have reviewed. As you would expect, all of the phones run Google’s Android operating system. We have restricted ourselves to smartphones released in 2016 so you aren’t picking up an old model.
1. Asus Zenfone Max (2016)
If you’re looking for a phone with 4G, you’re most probably going to rely on cellular data. That means you need a phone with great battery life, which is where the Asus Zenfone Max (2016) excels. Its 5000mAh battery means that it’ll easily last through the day and more. Its performance is decent, and the camera is good, though you’ll have to live with a sub-par display.
- Asus ZenFone Max (2016) ZC550KL (Black, 16GB)
- Asus ZenFone Max (2016) ZC550KL (White, 16GB)
- Asus ZenFone Max (2016) ZC550KL-6M079IN (Orange, 32GB)
2. Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 is a pretty solid performer overall. We were pleased most notably with its display and felt it has everything that a good smartphone needs. Only the base variant (2GB RAM and 16GB storage) is available under Rs. 10,000. If you can spare the cash you definitely should buy the 3GB/ 32GB variant, but the base variant will suffice for most people – if you can get your hands on one.
3. Coolpad Note 3 Plus
Coolpad Note 3 Plus has a pretty good display, decent cameras and comes with a pretty fast and accurate fingerprint sensor too. We noted in our review that this is more than what most phones that cost under Rs. 10,000 will offer you. Our only quibble is that its software is a bit annoying, but if you can get used to that this is a good 4G smartphone.
- Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Gold, 16GB)
- Coolpad Note 3 Plus (Champagne-White)
4. LeEco Le 1s Eco
LeEco Le 1s Eco’s focus is more on its bundled services, such as free 5TB cloud storage for a year, than the phone itself. Still, we found it to be a pretty good phone that offers excellent value for money. We weren’t too happy with its battery life or camera quality, but the phone performed well in all other aspects.
5. Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus
Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus is the most affordable among the 4G phones listed here, which could make it appealing to many people with a tight budget. In our review, we said the smartphone looks great and performs well. We did face some heating issues and weren’t fully satisfied with the battery life, but if you can live with that, the phone is great for its price.
- Lenovo Vibe K5 (Silver, 16GB)
- Lenovo Vibe K5 (Gold, 16GB)
- Lenovo Vibe K5 (Grey, 16GB)
These are the best 4G phones under Rs. 10,000. You could also consider the Xolo Era 4K (Review), InFocus Bingo 50 (Review), and Coolpad Note 3 Lite (Review) as they are decent alternatives to the above.
iBall has launched its new Andi 5Q Gold 4G smartphone in India. Priced at Rs. 6,799, the smartphone is now listed on the company’s India website. We can expect the handset to be soon available via offline retailers. It’s worth noting that the handset first showed up on site few weeks back but had no pricing mentioned.
The iBall Andi 5Q Gold 4G features a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 293ppi. It is powered by a 1GHz quad-core processor paired with 1GB of RAM and packs 8GB of inbuilt storage. The handset supports expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB). It runs Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box and supports dual-SIM. Notably, both the SIMs support 4G connectivity. The handset supports download speeds of up to 150Mbps and upload speeds of up to 50Mbps on 4G network. Unfortunately, the handset doesn’t support VoLTE (voice over LTE).
It sports an 8-megapixel autofocus rear camera with LED Flash and there is a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Apart from 4G, the iBall Andi 5Q Gold 4G supports 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, GPS/ A-GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Micro-USB connectivity options. There is a 3000mAh battery on board.
The Andi 5Q Gold 4G smartphone also comes with system support for 9 Indian regional languages and read and write support for 21 Indian regional languages. The handset also offers an auto-call recording feature.
The company had last month unveiled the Andi 5G Blink 4G smartphone priced at Rs. 6,299. The highlight of the iBall Andi 5G Blink 4G smartphone was it supported 4G LTE bands in India – FDD-LTE Band 3 (1800MHz), Band 5, and TDD-LTE Band 40 (2300MHz).