Smartphones have always stayed up to date with the latest connectivity trends. Nowadays, every user chooses a smartphone that comes equipped with 4G LTE connectivity, which provides 10x faster internet than 3G. Almost every manufacturer is trying to include 4G LTE connectivity in their device. While nearly all 4G smartphones in India supports LTE on Band 3(1800Mhz) and Band 40(2300Mhz), not many devices support band 5(850Mhz).
While nearly all 4G smartphones in India supports LTE on Band 3(1800Mhz) and Band 40(2300Mhz), not many devices support band 5(850Mhz).
Are you planning to buy a smartphone that comes with a right mix of features and connectivity, but under a budget of 10k? Well, this post might help you in making the right choice. Keeping in mind that the Indian smartphone market is driven by smartphones that offer more under less price, we decided to come up with a list of 4G-equipped handsets under Rs. 10,000. We have handpicked top five smartphones that are value for money. Scroll down to check out these devices.
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3
The Redmi Note 3 has been recently crowned as the best selling mobile phone in India. As per a tweet by Xiaomi, Around 2.3 million units of the Redmi Note 3 have been sold to date. Xiaomi claims that Indian sales of the Redmi Note 3 averaged one sale per 7 seconds. Last month, Xiaomi announced that it had shipped 1.75 million units of the Redmi Note 3 in a period of five months.
The Redmi Note 3 supports all the LTE bands made available in India – Band 3, Band 5, Band 40, and Band 41. It also comes with VoLTE support. Snapdragon 650 chipset powers it. It is available in two variants – 2GB RAM/16GB storage and 3GB RAM/32GB storage. The device runs MIUI 7 based on Android Lollipop and supports dual 4G SIM cards (Micro + Nano). The handset packs a 4050mAh battery with fast charging support. On the camera front, the Redmi Note 3 sports a 16MP rear camera with phase detection autofocus (PDAF) and two-tone flash along with a 5MP front camera. The 2GB RAM variant is priced at Rs. 9,999, while the 3GB variant is priced at Rs. 11,999.
Xiaomi Redmi 3S Prime
The Redmi 3S Prime is yet another device by Xiaomi that comes with good specs along with 4G LTE connectivity. It supports all the LTE bands made available in India – Band 3, Band 5, and Band 40. It also supports with VoLTE. It is an upgraded version of the Redmi 3S, integrated with a fingerprint scanner, 3GB RAM, and 32GB internal storage. The Redmi 3S comes in magnesium alloy unibody metallic design and is backed by a 4,100mAh battery. It features a 5-inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and is powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 chipset with Adreno 505 GPU. Both the phones run Android 5.0 Lollipop-based MIUI 7. It is currently retailing at Rs. 8,999.
Lenovo Vibe K4 Note
Vibe K4 Note is yet another value for money smartphone from Lenovo. It supports 4G LTE connectivity with compatibility for FDD LTE Band 1/3/5/7/8/20 and TDD LTE Band 40/41. It has also been included in the list of Jio's list for VoLTE supported smartphones.
In terms of other specifications, the phone runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Vibe UI skin on top. This dual-SIM, dual-4G Lenovo K4 Note boasts of a 5.5-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) IPS display with a pixel density of 401ppi, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC, coupled with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. Located at the rear is a 13 MP camera with PDAF autofocus, a f/2.2 aperture, and dual-tone LED flash. At the front, there is a 5MP camera for selfie takers. Regarding storage, the device comes with 16GB of internal storage expandable up to 128GB via microSD card. The device is backed by a 3300mAh battery with fast charging, which promises to offer 265 hours of 3G standby time, and 22 hours of 3G talk-time. It is currently retailing at Rs. 9,999.
For the ones who can stretch their budget by another 3k, can also go for Lenovo K4 Note's successor - the Vibe K5 Note.
LeEco Le 1s Eco
The Le 1s Eco features a 5.5-inch full-HD In-cell IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920 pixel and 500-nit brightness. It comes powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit Octa-core MediaTek Helio X10 chipset coupled with 3GB of RAM. The device runs Android 5.0 Lollipop-based EUI, and sports a 13-megapixel primary camera with flash, along with a 5-megapixel front snapper. There is 32GB of internal storage onboard, and a mirror-surfaced fingerprint sensor. It is backed by a 3000mAh battery, which is integrated with a SuperCharge feature that is claimed by the company to provide 3.5 hours of talk time in 5 minutes of charge.
The device comes pre-loaded with support for 10 Indian languages – Kannada, Tamil, Marathi, Assamese, Bengali, Malayalam, Telugu, Gujarati, Punjabi and Odia. Also, it comes pre-loaded with entertainment channels such as Eros Now, YuppTV, and Hungama. On the connectivity front, the device supports 4G LTE (support for Band 3/1/7/38/39/40/41), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS/ A-GPS, USB Type-C, Infrared, and 3.5mm audio jack.
For the buyers who do not mind shelling 3k extra, can also go for the LeEco Le 2, which is an enhanced version of the Le 1S Eco.
Moto G Play 4th Gen
The Moto G Play 4th Gen runs at 4G speed (Band 1/3/5/7/8/20/28/40) and supports VoLTE. It comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display with a pixel density of 294ppi. It is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC clocked at 1.2GHz paired with 2GB of RAM and the Adreno 306 GPU. The internal storage is 16GB, which can be further expanded via a microSD card to up to 128GB. It runs Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow out-of-the-box. This single micro-SIM smartphone also sports an 8MP camera at the rear with f/2.2 aperture and LED flash. In the front, a 5MP snapper enhances the device. The phone currently retails at Rs. 8,999. For the ones who want a cheaper Moto phone with 4G LTE connectivity, the Moto E3 Power can also make a good buy.
Regarding other features, the Moto G4 Play supports GPRS/EDGE, 3G, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, A-GPS, and Micro-USB connectivity options. It also packs an accelerometer, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor. A 2800mAh battery completes the package with a 10W rapid charger.
Asus Zenfone Max
Known for its 5,000 mAh of battery, the new ZenFone Max comes with a 5.5 inch HD IPS display with 1280 x 720p resolution, with full-screen lamination and ASUS TruVivid technology. It is currently retailing at Rs. 8,999.
The new device houses an enhanced Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 Octa-Core processor with a 2GB of RAM. The internal storage is 32GB, which can be further expanded up to 64GB via microSD card. The smartphone supports 4G LTE technology (Band 1/3/5/38/39/40/41) and runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with ASUS ZenUI on top. It features a 13MP, f/2.0-aperture rear camera coupled with the ASUS PixelMaster 2.0 technology and dual-LED flash. The front camera is 5MP, f/2.0-aperture with 85-degree Wide-Viewing Angle. There is also Laser Auto Focus technology that helps the users focus on an object in within a time span of 0.03 seconds. Its 5000 mAh lithium-polymer battery promises 914.4 hours of standby time/37.5 hours of 3G talk time when fully charged.
Phew, these were the five smartphones with 4G LTE support - that we thought to be the best buy under 1ok. We would love to read your feedback on the list. Let us know if you have any other suggestion for the under-10k category. Hit the comment section below to share your views.