The beginning of smartphone era has seen huge price tags which made many enthusiasts to stay with the feature phones, but with the latest technology upgradations and fierce competition among the brands made the smartphone prices drop drastically. Around Rs. 6,000, we are now getting some decent smartphone that can offer decent overall experience. As the entry-level segment is more crowded with the aggressive launches from Chinese counterparts, there are few Indian brands which had launched smartphones under Rs. 2,000. While we can’t expect the same user experience as on the high-end devices, these can be good alternatives for the feature phones.
Below is the list of five devices that are priced under Rs. 2,000 and runs on Android OS:
- Ringing Bell Freedom 251 – Rs. 251 only
The Ringing Bell Freedom 251 can be highly recommended when comparing the specifications with any other device around Rs. 2,000. The highly subsidized smartphone that comes with a price tag of just Rs.251 will be a better, but the problem lies in the availability of the device. Talking about the specifications, it packs a 4-inch qHD IPS display and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core processor. It has 1GB of RAM and 8GB of expandable storage.
Coming to the camera, it sports 3.2MP rear camera with LED flash and a 0.3MP front camera. The device supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 3G HSPA along with other basic connectivity options. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop and comes pre-installed with several apps including Women Safety, Swachh Bharat, Facebook, Whatsapp, and others. With all these specs, the device is kept powered on by a 1,450mAh battery. The first slot of five lakh devices can be booked starting at 6 AM today and till 8 PM on February 21st.
- Datawind PocketSurfer 2G4 – Rs. 1,999
Datawind, the maker of Aakash tablets, launched the affordable PocketSurfer 2G4 smartphone in India in March last year. The company has partnered with Reliance & Telenor to offer one year of Internet for free. The device runs on years old Android 4.2.2 Jellybean and comes with dual SIM dual standby support. It features a 3.5-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960 x 480 pixels. Under the hood is the single core Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1GHz.
It is coupled with Mali 400 GPU and 256MB of RAM which we think there will be the least probability of multitasking on this device. It is limited to just 512MB of RAM, but the company has provided the MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 32GB. It has a VGA camera on the rear with an LED flash but misses the selfie camera on the front. The device is said to offer 3 hours of talk time and lasts only 2 days on standby.
- BQ S37 – Rs. 1,999
BQ, the Spanish smartphone maker, had launched the ultra-cheap smartphone BQ S37 in India in 2014. The device is now retailing at Rs. 1,999 and comes with very basic specifications. The BQ S37 sports a 3.5-inch WVGA (800 x 480) IPS display and runs on years old Android 4.4 Kitkat. Under the hood is the MediaTek MT6572 dual-core processor clocked at 1.3GHz and comes with 512MB RAM. It has only 512MB of internal storage that can be expanded upto 32GB via provided MicroSD card slot.
The device includes a 3MP rear camera with LED flash, 0.3MP selfie camera, and a 1,800mAh battery. There is dual SIM dual standby options and supports 3G on both the SIM’s. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPA, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port. With such a small display and thick bezels on all four sides make the device measure 146.5 x 74.8 x 10 mm and weighs 118 grams.
- Swipe Konnect 4 Neo – Rs. 1,999
Swipe Konnect 4 Neo is the another affordable smartphone from an Indian manufacturer. Swipe which known for manufacturing affordable tablets has recently launched a few entry-level smartphones. Talking about the Konnect 4 Neo, it sports a 4-inch WVGA (800 x 480 pixels) IPS display and is powered by a MediaTek dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. It has a just 256MB of RAM and 512MB of storage along with a MicroSD card slot.
The device runs on Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and houses a 1,500mAh battery which may not last more than a day of usage. On the camera part, it includes a 2MP rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera for selfies. The Konnect 4 Neo supports dual SIM dual standby and offers basic connectivity options. With the bulky polycarbonate body, the device measures 9.4 mm thick and weighs 120 grams.
- Celkon Campus A409 – Rs. 1,999
In August 2015, Celkon has unveiled two new smartphones Celkon Campus A409 & Campus A418. The Celkon A409 is priced at Rs. 1,999 and sports basic specifications. It comes with rounded corners on all the edges and on the rear we can find pixel design in Gold, White, Silver, and Dark Blue color. The company is also offering a free flip cover along with every purchase. The Campus A409 comes with a 5-inch display with WVGA resolution.
Under the hood is the a 1.2GHz dual-core processor from an unknown manufacturer and is coupled with 256GB of RAM and 512MB of expandable storage as seen on the earlier device at this price range. There is a 2MP rear camera with LED flash and 1.3MP selfie camera on the front. It is backed by a 1,400mAh battery that can 6 hours of talk time and lasts upto 180 hours on standby. The dual SIM device offers 3G HSPA connectivity along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a MicroUSB 2.0 port.
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