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Summer SmartPhone Buying Guide: Under Rs. 10,000

By Rohit Ramesh on Monday 18th of Jun 2012

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It’s summer time, students are back home for holidays. School just got over. And new phones have launched, as well as older ones have dropped in price. So what better time to grab a new smartphone than now? Dive into the article to know which phone suits you best while not pinching your pocket too much!

Samsung Galaxy Y S5360 (Rs. 6,699 or $120)

This cute little phone has long been every budget-buyer’s dream. Small, snappy and priced appropriately. Make no mistake for its size, for the phone packs quite a punch. It’s a true “chota package bada dhamaka” (Big things come in small packages).

Quick Specs
Processor 832 MHz ARMv6 processor
Screen 3? QVGA(320×240) capacitive screen
OS Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Camera 2 Megapixels
RAM 290 MB
Internal Storage 180 MB
External Storage MicroSD (Upto 32GB)
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
HTC Explorer (Rs. 7,999 or $143)

HTC Explorer was launched by HTC towards the end of last year after seeing the immense success of Samsung’s Galaxy Y. The phone is solidly built, a beautiful sight to behold, and comes with HTC’s newer Sense 3.5 UI which is slick, lag-free and functional to use.

Quick Specs
Processor 600 MHz Cortex A5 CPU
Graphics Adreno 200 Enhanced GPU
Screen 3.2? HVGA(480×320) screen
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Camera 3.15 MP Camera
RAM 512 MB RAM
Internal Storage 90 MB internal memory
External Sotrage 2 GB memory card support
Flash Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Samsung Galaxy Y Duos S6102 (Rs. 8,099 or $145)

Samsung didn’t want to get left behind in the influx of cheap, affordable dual-sim mobile phones. So taking their already popular Galaxy Y, they made a dual-sim version, with a few changes.

Quick Specs
SIM Dual Sim
Processor 832 MHz
Screen 3.14? QVGA(320×240) screen
OS Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Camera 3.15 MP Camera
RAM 290 MB
Internal Storage 160 MB internal memory
External Sotrage Expandable upto 32 GB (microSD)
Flash Yes
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

Motorola Fire XT ( Rs. 8,899 or $159)

Motorola’s Fire XT is a handset slightly above its competitors. Looks wise, it’s pretty average. But specifications of this phone make it hard to ignore. Also, it is the cheapest Droid with a front camera for making video calls.

Quick Specs
Processor 800MHz Qualcomm MS7227 CPU
Graphics Adreno 200 GPU
Screen 3.5? HVGA(480×320) screen
OS Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
Camera 5 MP Camera (VGA secondary)
RAM 512 MB RAM
Internal Storage 150 MB internal memory
External Sotrage Expandable upto 32 GB (microSD)
Video 480p video recording
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

HTC ChaCha (Rs. 9,699 or $173)

With the era of Blackberry slowly receding away, is it fair to have replacements for those small qwerty phones that we once loved? HTC has come up with a perfect solution to that. Compact and good-looking all in an affordable price.

Quick Specs
Processor 800 MHz ARMv6 processor
Graphics Adreno 200 GPU
Screen 2.6? HVGA(480×320) screen
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Camera 5 MP Camera (VGA secondary)
RAM 512 MB RAM
Keypad QWERTY
External Sotrage Expandable upto 32 GB (microSD)
Video 720×480 video recording
Wi-Fi Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n

INDIAN BRANDS (Special Mention)

A bold attempt by Indian handsets producer Spice, this model is indeed a catch. Spicy looks, decent specifications, dual-sim support and they’ve even thrown in front facing camera for video calls. For that price, you cant really ask for anything more.

Spice Mi 425 (Rs. 9,400)
Quick Specs
Processor 1 GHz ARMv7 Cortex A5
Graphics Adreno 200 Enhanced
Screen 4? WVGA(800×480) screen
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Camera 5 MP Camera (VGA secondary)
RAM 512 MB RAM
Internal 140 MB
External Expandable upto 32 GB (microSD)
Video VGA
Battery 2000 mAh
Karbonn A9 (Rs. 8,999)

Karbonn too started selling a phone more or less identical to the Spice Mi-425. Featuring the same internal specifications and dual-sim radio, this phone has slight differences in screen size, looks and internal memory only.

Quick Specs
Processor 1 GHz ARMv7 Cortex A5
Graphics Adreno 200 Enhanced
Screen 3.8? WVGA(800×480) screen
OS Android 2.3 Gingerbread
Camera 5 MP Camera (VGA secondary)
RAM 512 MB RAM
Internal 512 MB
External Expandable upto 32 GB (microSD)
Video VGA
Battery 1600 mAh

Thus concludes this round-up. Tune back for further analysis into the higher price ranges of the smartphone market soon!

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