One year earlier we couldn’t have anticipated that ‘under 10,000’ Android category will emerge to be as fiercely competitive. The revolution started with launch of Moto E earlier this year and ended with several domestic, Chinese and Global brands lining up with best possible hardware for the lowest possible price. Let’s take a look at the top 5 smartphones launched in 2014 for a price lesser than 10,000 INR.

YU Yureka

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To compete with Xiaomi and other Chinese manufacturers eyeing encroaching on domestic turf, Micromax launched its first YU branded smartphone Yureka, based on a similar revenue model. YU Yureka offers mouth watering specs and a 5.5 Inch HD display for a modest price of 8,999 INR.

It is also the lowest priced smartphone with a 64 bit chipset, i.e. Snapdragon 615 octa core clocked at 1.5 GHz with 2 GB RAM and 16 GB internal storage. The handset is powered by Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogen OS, while other features include 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front shooter and a 2500 mAh battery.

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Key Specs

Model Micromax Yureka
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.5 GHz Octa Core Snapdragon 615
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 16 GB, Expandable up to 32 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat based Cyanogen
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 2,500 mAh
Price Rs 8,999

Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G

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Xiaomi Redmi Note and Redmi Note 4G are other good value for money smartphones lauched in India this year, although none is available for purchase, mainly due to Ericsson lawsuit against Xiaomi. Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G powered by 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 will soon be available in India for 9,999 INR.

The Xiaomi Redmi Note features a 5.5 Inch HD display while other features include 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, MicroSD card support, 13 MP rear camera, 5 MP front camera and a 3100 mAh battery.

Key Specs

Model Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G
Display 5.5 inch, HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Snapdragon 400
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.4 KitKat based MIUI
Camera 13 MP/ 5 MP
Battery 3,100 mAh
Price Rs 9,999

Asus Zenfone 5

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Asus Zenfone 5 is one of the best smartphones retailing under 9,999 INR. It has a very good 8 MP rear shooter paired with a 1.6 GHz dual core Intel Atom Z2560 processor, 2 GB RAM and 8 GB/16 GB internal storage. The 5 inch display sports 720p HD resolution and is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 on top.

Other features include 2110 mAh battery, 64 GB microSD card support and admirable body design. Asus Zenfone 5 is available on flipkart starting from 9,999 INR.

Key Specs

Model Asus Zenfone 5
Display 5 Inch , HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Dual Core
RAM 2 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB/ 16 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, Upgradable
Camera 8 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 2110 mAh
Price 9,999 INR/ 12,999 INR (Buy Now)

Android One Phones

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Android One Phones introduced by domestic manufacturers with blessings from Google are capable of imparting great and smooth Android experience (though specs might not be the best) at a modest price of Approx 6,000 INR. These phones are powered by 1.3 GHz quad core chipset with 1 GB RAM and 4 GB Native storage. To buy and SD card is must with these phones or perhaps you could go with Micromax Canvas A1 which comes bundled with a free 8 GB microSD card.

Other features include 5 MP/ VGA rear-front camera, 2000 mAh battery and a 4.5 inch display. These will be among the first set of budget smartphones to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop upgrade in India. Micromax Canvas A1, Spice Dream Uno and Karbonn Sparkle V are available for 6,499 INR, 6,299 INR and 5,999 INR.

Key Specs

Model Android One Phone
Display 4.5 Inch , FWVGA
Processor 1.3 GHz Quad Core
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 4 GB, Expandable
OS Android 4.4.4 Kitkat, Guaranteed update
Camera 5 MP/ 2 MP
Battery 1700 mAh
Price Approx 6,000 INR

Xiaomi Redmi 1S

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We saw several great low cost Android phones this year, but we think Xiaomi Redmi 1S deserves a place in this list. For as low as 5,999 INR, Xiaomi is offering a good quality HD display, great 8 MP camera, 1.6 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset.

Other features include 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage, MicroSD card support, USB OTG and a 2000 mAh battery. Xiaomi also released an OTA update to resolve heating issue users were complaining about. This seems to have improved thermal efficiency.

Key Specs

Model Xiaomi Redmi 1S
Display 4.7 inch, HD
Processor 1.6 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
RAM 1 GB
Internal Storage 8 GB, Expandable up to 64 GB
OS Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
Camera 8 MP/ 1.6 MP
Battery 2,000 mAh
Price Rs 6,999

Some Other Phones

Some other great phones in this category include Moto E, Asus Zenfone 4, Asus Zenfone 4.5, Xolo Omega 5.5 and Huawei Honor Holly.

Conclusion

2015 will be even more adventurous and we expect octa core smartphones to replace most MT6582 devices. Google will also launch its next wave of Android One devices with Qualcomm chipset very soon in India. on the whole, we can expect the adventure to continue through the next year.

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