The Galaxy Grand Quattro has been selling quite well in India since it was launched earlier this year, but there are a lot of alternative out there that offer better features at a more affordable price. Samsung itself has devices in the market that are better than the Grand Quattro. Also, Indian manufacturers are closing in on Samsung, and it is estimated that the growth of local vendors is set to continue unabated. The Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro price is currently at Rs. 16,700, and a lot of other mobiles are available in the market that cost similar. Let’s look at a few:
The Xolo Q100 was one of the best budget devices by an Indian vendor during the early half of the year. Although it featured the MediaTek MT6589 SoC that was basically used in every budget handset, the Q1000’s build and sturdiness, along with its styling meant that it was a notch better than devices launched by other local manufacturers.
Xolo has now launched the successor to the Q1000, the Q1000S. This mobile features a 5-inch 720p screen which is similar to the one used in the Q1000. The differences come to the fore when we delve into its innards. The Q1000S comes with MediaTek’s MT6589T, which is a tweaked version of the MT6589, and one that offers far better bang for the buck. It includes a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor and a PowerVR SGX544 for the visuals.
The Q1000S also comes with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 13 MP camera at the back and a 5MP offering at the front of the device, which is similar to what is included in the Canvas 4. The back camera can shoot full-HD videos and comes with LED flash. Overall, this device continues what the Q100 has achieved and is one of the best buys in this segment. The Xolo Q1000S is available for Rs. 16,990.
Micromax Canvas 4
Micromax alienated a lot of its audience with the Canvas 4. The excitement it had managed to muster before the announcement quickly turned to anger as soon as it was revealed that the Canvas 4 will not in fact be a major refresh, but a minor one. Calling it a minor refresh might actually be a bit of a stretch. The Canvas 4 comes with the exact same internal hardware as the Canvas HD, but with better cameras. The 13 MP camera at the back and a 5MP camera at the front did little to convince users of the Canvas 2 and the Canvas HD to make the switch.
That being said, for users who are new to the Micromax ecosystem, this is a good device to buy, and considering that it is now selling for just Rs. 16,700, is a worthy alternative.
Nokia Lumia 720
Do not let Microsoft’s announcement that it is going to buy Nokia’s Devices and Services division dissuade you from buying a device in the Lumia series. That deal will not be finalized before next year. For now, the Lumia 720 is a great alternative to consider if you are willing to make the switch to the Windows Phone platform. Microsoft is actively trying to get more content on the platform, and it is succeeding. The Lumia 720 is by far the best designed mobile in this list, and is quite sleek. If you’re looking to get a device that will make you stand out of the crowd, this is the one to get. And at Rs. 16,274, it is a steal.
Gionee Elife E5
Gionee, along with a host of Chinese manufacturers, are looking to make their wares available on a global level. And with India being the third biggest market, it makes sense for them to market their offerings in the country. Gionee Elife E5 is a 4.8-inch device with a 720p screen, and it currently sells for around Rs. 16,000.
The Elife E5 comes with great hardware that includes the likes of the aforementioned MediaTek MT6589T, which offers a quad-core 1.5 GHZ CPU. The mobile comes with 1 GB RAM, 16 GB ROM, 8 MP camera at the back, 5 MP shooter at the front. The Elife E5 comes with a 2,000 mAh battery and features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Contrary to what most users believe of Chinese manufactured handsets, this device is styled very well and comes in a variety of colours.
These devices are just come in a burgeoning market that is slowly filling with great mid-range devices. Gone are the days when a single mobile can stake a claim on an entire segment.