Top 5 Smartphones under Rs.8000 in 2014.

It has been quite some time since we posted something on our blog so, I thought I should post something. While finding some budget phones for my friend, I came across some greatly priced devices and this post is all about those devices. Several new phones have been launched in last couple of months in the sub- 8,000 INR price range.

1) Xiaomi Redmi 1S – 5,999 INR

Xaomi Redmi 1s
The Redmi makes to the first place on our list because it possibly has the best performance, a good display and a good battery life.A phone can never be perfect and the same applies to this one. The main con of this phone is that it heats up to an unbearable temperature very quickly. However, this problem can be solved by updating the phones software. Also, the camera isn’t too good.

Technical specifications-

  • Display-

The phone has got a 4.7 inch LCD screen with a resolution of 1280*720 (High Definition) with results in 312 ppi density which makes it fairly nice. The colours appear to be washed out on viewing at an angle. It is protected by the AGC Dragontail 2 glass which is the same that was used in Experia Z3. The Dragontail glass is also almost same as the Gorilla Glass by  Corning. The display is also bad for viewing under sunlight as it is highly reflective.

  • Processor-

The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.6 GHz with an Adreno 305 GPU (Graphics Processor) which gives it quite high performance. It is the same processor as moto G but clocked at a higher frequency which is the main cause of its heating up.

  • Memory-

The phone is backed up by 1 GB RAM and 8 GB ROM. 8 GB of storage space is surely not enough for today’s lifestyle and will get filled up in no time so, this phone has the provision of expanding the memory through an external SD card (microSD) to upto 64 GB.

  • Camera and OS-

It has an 8 mega-pixel rear and 1.6 mega-pixel front camera. The rear camera is capable of shooting 1080 p (Full HD) videos. The camera is not too good for stilll images as I said before. The front camera is what I liked the most. Front camera which, nowadays, are mostly used for selfies does a quite good job. After taking a picture with the front camera, it does a lot of processing, it smudges the face’s details to beautify it. The phone runs Android 4.3 jelly bean along with MIUI 5 but, Xiaomi has promised a OTA update by the end of this year that will bring Android 4.4 KitKat  along with MIUI 6 to it.

  • Battery-

The phone has a 2000 mAh battery which provides quite a decent battery life at its price and lasts about a day or more at moderate usage.

2) Micromax Canvas A1 – 6,499 INR

Micromax Canvas A1
This phone gets to the second place of our list. It is a famous handset for Android One which assures of regular android updates which is really a problem withthe low- cost phones. All of the Android One phones are  almost the same but the Micromax Canvas A1 gets an advantage over all  the others as Micromax is considered as a very good brand nowadays. The Android One phones give the highest possible bloatware free performance that any phone of this price range gives. It also gives you the best stock android experience other than Motorola and Nexus phones.

Technical Specifications-

  • Display-

The phone provides the user with a 4.5 – inch screen with a resolution of  854*480 pixels. The screen is fairly sharp but the legibility gets lowered on viewing off-axis, as seen in the other phones of this price range. The colours are impressive but, the screen is not bright enough. When compared to the Redmi’s screen, the Redmi looks better as it has a brighter display.

  • Processor-

The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz quad – core MediaTek MT 6582 chipset that gives good performance in its price range. The PowerVR GPU that is coupled up with this chipset certainly does not perform very well with graphic intensive applications and experiences some serious lagging issues and framerate drops. But, for as long as one doesn’t use graphic intensive applications, the phone can run at least 10 applications simultaneously without any lags.

  • Memory-

The phone has 1GB of RAM and 4 GB ROM out of which only 2.07 GB is available to the user, which makes it inevitable for the user to opt for a microSD. The RAM does have some multi-tasking capabilities and can run 5-10 moderate applications side by side with only minor or no lags.

  • Camera and OS-

The phone has got a 5 mega-pixel rear and a 2.4 mega-pixel front camera and both have the capability of shooting average quality images. However, I would suggest people to get a Nokia phone if they want a good camera at this price range. The rear camera has a integrated circular LED flash which makes it look better. The camera app is a very stock one and doesn’t have much features so, I would suggest to install and use the Google Camera app which provides features such as Panorama, Lens Blur, Photosphere, etc. The phone does not have a dedicated camera button but one can use the volume buttons as the shutter. The phone runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat but will soon get an update to Android 5.0 Lollipop as per the Android One policy. It gives a very good stock android experience and the UI is very light. Also, one notable feature is that this phone has got very little to no bloatware that causes slowing down of phones.

  • Battery-

The Canvas A1 like all the other Android One phones has a 1700 mAh battery which is a little below average and a heavy user may have to charge the phone multiple times a day in order to continue their work and wih moderate usage the phone may last for about 18 hours.

3)Motorola Moto E – 6,999 INR

Moto E 1st Gen
If the user doesn’t want to go with the Android One handsets due to bad looks (yes, the Android One handsets do look bad) then this is the best choice that they get. The moto E is a very good looking phone running stock android and will be getting the Lollipop update even before the Android One handsets. It also gives a really good performance in its price range, as is the design. Also, there are Motorola shells which allow the owner to change the colour of our phone at will. It is my personal favourite in our list of the top phones in the sub-8000 INR price range.

Technical Specifications-

  • Display-

The display of this phone is a 4.3 inch one with a resolution of 960*540 which results in the density of 256 ppi. The screen is protected by the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 and so is protected from scratches. Gorilla Glass 3 is something unique to see in a phone of this price range. The screen produces vibrant colours and viewing angles are also kinda fair. Although the resolution looks quite low but due to the size of the screen being less, one cannot quite view individual pixels on the screen assuming that he/she doesn’t have super vision.

  • Processor-

The phone has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. This is not meant to be a beast of performance but performs very good with day to day apps and web browsing. One thing to note is that the Graphics Benchmark of this phone is fairly high and somewhat matches to that of the Sony Experia T2 Ultra which is priced at 22,000 INR. Some graphic intensive games like the Dead Trigger 2, a First-Person Shooter game runs fine with minor or no lags at all.

  • Memory-

The phone packs 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM out of which only 2.2 GB is available to the user. Looks like all the phones here are forcing us to buy microSDs, huh ? Yes, we can expand the memory by putting a micro SD of up to 32 GB in it. The RAM is sufficient for running many apps at a time and also runs many high end apps.

  • Camera and OS-

 First of all, this is not a phone to click selfies with. Why? Well, it is quite simple, the phone doesn’t have a front camera. It has a 5 mega-pixel rear camera which can click average pictures in daylight but is bad for low-light. There is a lack of auto-focus but it enables us to click the pictures faster because there is no auto-focus delay. The camera app is very simple and does not have many features of I would suggest the user to install the Google Camera for getting a variety of features. The phone runs Android version 4.4.4 KitKat and gives a stock interface.

  • Battery-

The phone runs on a 1980 mAh Li-ion battery which can power it for about a day at moderate usage and I would call it average. Considering it has a powerful 1980 mAh battery, the phone runs for quite less amount of time.

4)Nokia Lumia 630 – 7,500 INR

Nokia Lumia 630
This phone has experienced many price cuts to reach this cheap price. Although the battery is not quite very interesting in terms of specifications but at real usage, the battery of this phone lasts the longest when compared to the other phones in this price range. It was the first device to run the Windows Phone 8.1. The phone has a very good build quality and the best design in its class.

Technical Specifications-

  • Display-

The phone has got a 4.5 inch screen with a low resolution of 854*480 which is not a very good quality screen. The screen is the poorest aspect of this mobile phone, it has poor viewing angles and very low colour accuracy and a lot of space is taken up by the on-screen navigation buttons. The text on webpages and other documents surely reveal how low the screen resolution is.

  • Processor-

The phone surely packs a very powerful processor and GPU. It has got a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz coupled up with an Adreno 305 GPU which gives it quite a lot of power. The phone though powerful enough to run graphic intensive games like Asphalt 7 smoothly, experiences some lags due to a less amount of RAM (512 Mega-bytes).

  • Memory-

The phone has got 512 MB of RAM and 8 GB ROM. 8 GB ROM? That is something. You need more memory, eh? No problem, the memory can be expanded to up to 128 GB through a microSD card. On the other hand the amount of RAM is quite insufficient and causes some apps to lag but, if you are a moderate user and use the mobile only for day-to-day activities and not high-end games then you will face absolutely no problem. I would rate the performance as average.

  • Camera and OS-

It is a Nokia smartphone and it is quite obvious that it runs the Windows Phone OS. It is one of the first to run the updated Windows Phone 8.1 which provides plenty of improvements above the Windows Phone 8. The best feature is the Cortana voice assistant which is not officially available in India but tricks do exist to make it run. The front camera is missing and the rear camera does not have a flash as a result, the pictures taken in daylight were very very impressive and definitely the best among the other phones in our list. But, lack of flash made the pictures taken at night lack detail. And it is really important to mention that the Nokia camera app gives a lot of options for still photographs. The video recording was not very impressive.

  • Battery-

The phone has got a 1830 mAh Li-ion battery which can give it enough power to last a day at moderate usage and gives 11 hours of continuous video playback so, you don’t have to reach for the charger several times a day.

5)Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG – 5,999 INR

Asus ZenFone 4 A400CG
This phone provides the best all round performance at the price of about 6,000 INR. It has got a good overall design, a good build quality and a nice camera. However, the battery backup is disappointing. It has a 4 inch screen which is small by today’s standards and the visibility is also not very impressive. Also, it is available in many impressive colours and one can choose a colour according to his/her taste.

Technical Specifications-

  • Display-

 The phone has a 4 inch screen with a resolution of 800*480 which is rather disappointing. The display is very poor with bad viewing angles, low resolution, low-size and low brightness. The low-brightness certainly is good for eyesight but is not very attractive. And, one can certainly observe the low resolution of the screen while watching videos.

  • Processor-

The phone has got an Intel Atom dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz coupled up with a PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU. The processor has Hyper-threading enabled which surely gives the performance a boost but being dual core surely affects the performance. The phone scores high in the Graphic Benchmarks due to the GPU being powerful. The PowerVR SGX544MP2 GPU is meant for HD (1280*720) displays so, it works while being perfectly relaxed as it does not have to push as many pixels to the screen due to the low resolution.

  • Memory-

 The phone packs 1 GB RAM and 8 GB of internal storage, which is quite adequate for a normal as well as a heavy user. One can easily do all the tasks and run high-end apps with that much amount of RAM. If you expect more RAM, well then increase your budget because you won’t get any better below 15K. The internal storage is also, I would say, adequate for at least some time after which you have to get a microSD for carrying on your work.

  • Camera and OS-

The first thing that I would like to say is that this phone’s camera app is very very very impressive and packs a very very broad range of capabilities. There are modes such as Time Rewing, Selfie, Night, Miniature, All Smiles and GIF Animation. Also, many filters can by applied before taking the shots. Party link is also a pretty cool feature but works only with Asus phones that is why it cannot be put to much use. Time lapse is also an option while recording videos. The rear camera is of 5 mega-pixel and the front camera is a 0.3 mega-pixel one. The 1080p videos captured by the device were amazingly clear. The phone runs Android version 4.3 Jelly Bean which is highly tweaked and skinned by Asus. The skinning is overall good but I didn’t like the notification area and the layout of the default keyboard. And there is bloatware, too much of it.

  • Battery-

The phone does not have a very good battery backup and can support only 5 hours of continuous video playback. The phone is powered by a 1600 mAh Li-ion battery which is below average. So, bad battery is also one of the cons.

 

That is our list, tell us your opinion and which phone you will choose in the comments section below.

Howdy! I’m Shashwat Lahiri a tech. geek from India, Lucknow. I love computer games, computer hardware, smartphones, and … FOOD! I am a Pro Gamer and SMM expert.

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