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)
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.