Top 5 Overpriced smartphones of 2013

This year, the gadget arena has seen a vast increase in its collection of smartphones with so many makers introducing and launching their latest handsets. While there were a few that were well appreciated and suitably priced, there were some that were priced so high that they were nowhere close to being value for money. Here is a list of top 5 smartphones that were exorbitantly priced in 2013.

iPhone 5S: Rs 53,500 (16GB), Rs 62,500(32GB) and Rs 71,500(64GB)

iPhone 5S

 The Apple iPhone 5S comes with IPS LCD LED-backlit touch display of 4 inches, Apple A7 chipset and Cyclone 1.3 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16/ 32/64 GB internal memory, 8MP rear camera and a 1.2 MP secondary camera. It runs on iOS7 and features the much famed fingerprint scanner. It may be the best smartphone on sale but its price has made it most overpriced smartphone of 2013. Rs 71,500 for a smartphone? Are you serious?

Galaxy Note 3: Rs 49,900 (price dropped to Rs 45,000 later on)

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features Super AMOLED full HD display of 5.7 inches, Exynos 5 Octa 5420 chipset, 3 GB RAM, 16/ 32/ 64 GB internal memory, 13MP rear camera and 2 MP secondary camera. Connectivity bases are all taken care of but the price wasn’t. The launch price of this smartphone was Rs. 49,990 while its predecessor was selling for about Rs 28,000.

Lumia 1520: Rs 46,999


The Nokia Lumia 1520 comes with LCD IPS touch display of 6 inches, Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 chipset and Krait 400 2.2 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 20MP rear camera and 1.2MP secondary camera. The launch price of this mobile phone was Rs. 46,999. Yes it is the best Nokia has ever made but can Nokia afford to charge a premium at which stage it is? I highly doubt that.

HTC One Mini: Rs 37,299 (later dropped to Rs 29,990)


The HTC One Mini features Super LCD 2 touch display of 4.3 inches, Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset and Krait 200 1.4 GHz dual core processor, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 4MP rear camera and 1.6MP secondary camera. The launch price of this smartphone was Rs. 37,299. You can get all this in a smartphone from a renowned manufacturer for about Rs 15,000, let alone an indigenous manufacturer who’ll give all this for less than Rs 10,000.

Micromax Canvas Turbo: Rs 19,990


The Micromax Canvas Turbo comes with LCD IPS touch display of 5 inches, Mediatek MT6589T chipset and Cortex A7 1.5 GHz quad core processor, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 13MP rear camera and 5MP secondary camera. The launch price of this handset was Rs. 19,990. We’ve always known Micromax for the value for money devices it brings to the table but a price of Rs 20,000 seems a lot for the best Micromax.

Our take: The above mentioned devices by no means are devices you should not go in for. They are pretty good devices and get everything done. They just cost way more than what they should. 

This Article Was Written By: Ritij Khurana

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Ritij is a technology and automobile blogger by profession. He is a total tech junkie and likes to lay his hands on the latest gadgets as soon as possible. He is a fan of stock Android and is a Microsoft loyalist. He owns a Nexus 4 and a Lumia 920

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  • Rama January 2, 2014 7:05 pm, 7:05 PM

    @hotmail alias
    all your points are accepted but whats the use of those extra cores and those extra clock speeds of the processor on samsung galaxy note 3 if the cortex a7 beats it in benchmarks tests which ultimately matters the most to judge a processors power.I think your not taking into consideration the software part of the two devices samsung galaxy note 3 comes with android that can be found on so many devices whereas iphone 5S comes with ios which is exclusive to iphones and ipads and ios has an edge over android if you take into consideration the fact that its smoother and more stable than android and also ios has app store which is better both quantitatively as well as qualitatively compared to play store and more megapixels doesnt necessarily mean better quality images while i dont mean to say that galaxy note 3 camera is bad but the iphone 5S is no less in the camera department if you take into consideration the fact that it has been appreciated by national georgaphics photogarpher which is not a small thing and also iphone has a better build quality compared to samsung galaxy note 3 and no matter what you say after sales service of apple is definitely better than that of samsung

  • Rama January 2, 2014 4:07 pm, 4:07 PM

    @hotmail alias
    so you think that samsung galaxy note 3 has a better processsor than iphone 5S well if thats the case let me tell you that the cortex a7 has beaten almost every arm chipset in terms of raw performance and the note 3 packs free bundled software or gimmicks

  • Global January 2, 2014 10:54 am, 10:54 AM

    Another in the list – LG G Pro Lite… Bad specs and at 18k INR!!!!

  • Amit January 1, 2014 11:53 pm, 11:53 PM

    Micromax needs to do a lot of work to position itself as a premium brand. Even a 19000rs phone is being perceived as a overpriced product from micromax.

  • Hotmail Alias January 1, 2014 11:46 pm, 11:46 PM

    I agree about the iPhone 5S and HTC One Mini phones being priced exorbitantly, but it is not true for the other 3 phablets. If you take into account the sheer hardware they sport, the high resolution and large sized displays, the processor and RAM, the superlative cameras and free bundled software, you will realise their true worth. However, you just went ahead and listed some of the most expensive phones. In case of Lumia 1520, you justify its inclusion only because Nokia is not in a good financial position. How lame!

    • Rama January 2, 2014 4:06 pm, 4:06 PM

      @hotmail alias
      so you think that samsung galaxy note 3 has a better processsor than iphone 5S well if tahts the case let me tell you that the cortex a7 has beaten almost every arm chipset in terms of raw performance and the free bundled software or gimmicks

      • Hotmail Alias January 2, 2014 6:06 pm, 6:06 PM

        Rama, did you notice that I did not talk about which is better or worse, but what is more expensive? While the jury is still out on which is better, you should notice that the Note 3 has a bigger (5.7″ vs 4.0″) and higher res screen (1920×1080, 386 ppi vs 1136×640, 336ppi) than the iPhone, has a faster processor with more cores (1.9GHz octo core vs 1.3GHz dual core), has higher RAM (3GB vs 1 GB), has higher res cameras (13 & 2 MP vs 8 & 1.2 MP) and a bigger battery (3200 mAh vs 1570 mAh). In spite of all this the iPhone is 30% more expensive than the Note 3. It is downright foolish pricing by Apple and even more foolish are the people who buy it.

        • Rama January 2, 2014 7:09 pm, 7:09 PM

          @hotmail alias
          what octo core processor are you talking about first of all its not truly octo core and second it lags a lot and produces a lot more heat whereas apples a7 is one of the finest in the industry anand lal shimpi has himself said so i rather consider poeple like you foolish to think that more cores mean more power and to be attracted by samsungs gimmicky ideas.

  • rahul January 1, 2014 11:43 pm, 11:43 PM

    As on 1-1-2014 current prices

    Micromax Canvas Turbo Rs. 16,899
    HTC One Mini Rs. 29,249
    Lumia 1520 Rs. 43,999
    Galaxy Note 3 Rs. 44,089

    We know that price drops within 60-90 days once competitor releases same version phone.This happens irrespective of companies.No point in writing this post.

  • Shuvam January 1, 2014 11:09 pm, 11:09 PM

    For the Micromax Turbo, we pay that premium not for the device but Hugh Jackman, presenting a device for an Indian Manufacturer!

  • Tharun George January 1, 2014 9:13 pm, 9:13 PM

    You got this one 100% correct. All phones mentioned are heavily over priced. Next time bring out the best value for money phones.


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