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Best Medium Screen Smartphones under 5 inches (April – May)



For those who doesn’t want to have a large smartphone in their hands, here are the best medium sized smartphones with a screen size of 5-inches and below. While these may not give a great multimedia experience as the phablets, but gives a great in-hand experience with a single hand usage. With its small form factor, the devices also give a nice grip to hold onto them. Below are the best smartphones launched in April and comes with a display measuring 5-inches and below.

vivo-v3-wrapVivo launched its latest high-end smartphones Vivo V3 and V3 Max last month in the Indian market. The Vivo V3 is the mid-range device priced at Rs. 17,980 and sports a 5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. Under the hood, the V3 comes powered by Snapdragon 616 octa-core processor. It runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the customized FunTouch OS 2.5 laid on top. The metal build device comes with dual SIM support with 4G LTE connectivity.

It packs 3GB of RAM and 32GB of built-in storage that can be expanded additionally upto 128GB. The device includes a 13MP rear camera with PDAF and LED flash, and an 8MP front facing camera. It is backed by a 2,550mAh battery that doesn’t support fast charging like the V3 Max. The fingerprint sensor is placed on the rear of the device that can be also used as shutter button in the camera app.

panasonic-eluga-arc-wrapUnlike Eluga I3, the Panasonic Eluga Arc comes with few added features and slightly higher price tag. The device supports 4G LTE and VoLTE and comes enabled with “Android for Work” which makes the Eluga Arc useful for accessing secure information. It sports a smaller 4.7-inch 2.5 HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display. It is powered by Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and coupled with Adreno 306 GPU and 2GB of RAM.

It has 16GB of internal storage that can be expanded upto 32GB via provided MicroSD card slot. The device lacks enough power in the camera department, where it comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. It is powered by a 1,800mAh battery that is mentioned to support Quick Charge 1.0. The device run on Android 5.1 Lollipop and features a fingerprint sensor on the rear. Connectivity options include 4G LTE with VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and MicroUSB port.

lumia 650 wrapMicrosoft had launched the mid-range Lumia 650 in India this month. The pricing of the device places it on the mid-range segment, but it features entry-level specifications. The Lumia 650 is only recommended for those who want Windows powered device. It comes with a polycarbonate body with Aluminum frame around the device. The device sports a 5-inch AMOLED display with HD (1280x 720 pixels) resolution. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and 16GB storage.

There is also a MicroSD card slot for storage expansion upto 200GB. It supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE. The Lumia 650 includes an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front camera for selfies. It comes with the latest Window 10 out-of-the-box and also supports voice-based AI Cortana. The device is kept powered on by a 2,000mAh that might not last more than a day of usage. It will be available in both Black and White colors.

nubia-z11-mini-wrapInstead of launching the flagship variants, ZTE came up with the mini variant of the Nubia Z11. The Nubia Z11 and Z11 Max can be expected to launch in the next couple of months. Talking about the Z11 mini, it sports a 2.5D 5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) display with 3rd Gen Gorilla Glass protection on top. Under the hood is the Snapdragon 617 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and coupled with Adreno 405 GPU and 3GB of RAM.

There is 64GB of internal storage that can be expanded upto GB via MicroSD card slot. The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with Nubia 3.9.6 UI overlaid. It sports a 16MP rear camera with PDAF and f/2.0 aperture. On the front is an 8MP selfie camera with an aperture of f/2.4 and 80-degree wide angle lens. It is backed by a 2,800mAh non-removable battery with fast charging support. The device supports dual SIM dual standby and offers 4G LTE.

Meizu M3 wrapAfter launching the Meizu M3 Note and Pro 6, Meizu also unveiled the entry-level Meizu M3 in China. It is the successor to Meizu M2 that was also launched last year in India. It comes with polycarbonate body with rounded corners. The M3 features a 5-inch display with HD (1280 x 720 pixels) resolution. It is powered by MediaTek MT6750 octa-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz along with Mali T860 GPU. It runs on Flyme 5.1 powered by YunOS but in it runs on Android based Flyme OS.

The device comes in two variants with 2GB and 3GB of RAM and includes 16GB and 32GB of internal storage. There is also a MicroSD card slot for expanding additionally upto 128GB. Talking about the camera, there is a 13MP rear camera with f/2.2 aperture and PDAF. On the front is a 5MP selfie camera with f/2.0 aperture. The device supports dual SIM and is backed by a 2,870mAh battery. It will be available in several color options including White, Blue, Gray, Pink and Gold.

Phicomm Clue 630 wrapWhile the Indian manufacturers offered affordable 4G smartphone, China-based Phicomm launched the most affordable 4G supported smartphone in the Indian market. The Phicomm Clue 630 priced at just Rs. 3,999 comes with specifications on par with many other devices priced around Rs. 6,000 price range. It comes with a 5-inch FWVGA (854 x 480 pixels) display and is powered 32-bit Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor clocked at 1.1GHz.

The device runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop with the Expect 5.0 UI overlaid. It packs 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage along with a MicroSD card slot. In the camera department, the Clue 630 sports a 5MP rear shooter and a 2MP selfie shooter. The device is backed by a 2,300mAh battery that is rated to deliver 7 hours of talk time and lasts upto 250 hours on standby. This dual SIM device supports 4G LTE on a single SIM and offers other basic connectivity features


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