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Maximum number of Android phones in India are found in the price range of Rs. 15,000. Almost 18 out of the 33 Android phones introduced in India fall in this range. All the Android phones that were launched in the last two months belong to the category of this price range. With the increase in the price range, the quality and quantity of features also go up. You can get resistive touch screen and 2 MP camera along with the other same features with extra Rs. 5,000 to Rs. 10,000. You can get a capacitive touch screen phone by paying around Rs.10,000 more. For a complete Android phone with a 5MP camera you will need Rs. 15,000.
Here we have a list of 10 Android phones that cost less than Rs. 13,000 and has all the essential features. These are all touch screen phones with Bluetooth, 3G capability, Wi-Fi and Mini USB. 8 other phones with similar features could not make to the list due to their higher prices.
The 10 cheapest Android Phones in India are:
Acer beTouch E110
This is the cheapest Android phone launched in India uptil now with a price of Rs. 7,000 as mentioned on FutureBazzar. The phone runs Android 1.5, has a resistive touch screen with a resolution of 240×320 and a 3.2 MP camera. It also has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, M radio and mini USB. beTouch has a slightly low talk time of 5 hours and provides 16 days standby time.
Samsung Galaxy 5 I5503
It is priced at Rs. 8,869 on Flipkart. The phone has a strong 600 MHz processor, 256 MB RAM, in-built memory of 90 MB which can be expanded up to 16 GB. Galaxy 5 runs Android 2.1, has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM radio and mini USB. It provides a talk time of 7.5 hours which is quite decent and a standby time of 21 days. Its 2 MP camera ends up to be the only drawback of the phone.
The phone priced at Rs. 10,500, marks the entry of Dell in the smartphone segment which is a rebranded ZTE phone. It has a 2.8 inch resistive touch screen and a resolution of 320×240. It is powered by 600 MHz ARM processor and 256 MB RAM. XCD28 has a 200 MB in-built memory which can be extended up to 16 Gb. Features like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM radio and mini USB are on board. The phone can be used to take quick snapshots with its 3.2 MP camera. The resistive touch screen despite the higher price results into the only downside of the phone.
LG GT540 Optimus
Priced at Rs. 10,749, GT540 has a 3 inch resistive screen with a resolution of 320×480. It is powered by Qualcomm’s 600 MHz processor. 3 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and FM radio are its basic features. LG OptimusOne – The phone is a high budget cousin of LG GT540 Optimus that provides a capacitive touch screen.
The Spice Mi300 it is priced at Rs. 10,749 and marks the entry of Spice in the Android and touch screen arena. Along with a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 480×320, the phone has a 5 MP camera which is a plus point of Mi300 compared to other Android phones of the similar price range. It has a decent talk time of 7 hours and a standby time of 16 day. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and mini USB are all present in the phone but Mi300 does not include FM radio.
Zeus marks the entry of Videocon in the segment of Androids and is priced at Rs. 10,999. The specifications of the phone are similar to Spice Mi300. Zeus includes FM radio too. It is powered by Qualcomm’s 600 MHz processor and 153 MB RAM. Zeus is a complete Android phone with an 8GB card and extra battery life. At the end, Videocon Zeus is the fully loaded Android phone that appears to be good on papers and is worth buying.
Samsung Galaxy 3 I5801
This is one other Android phone from the Galaxy series that is priced at Rs. 11,799. The phone is better than Galaxy 5 in all aspects. Qualcomm 667 MHz processor powers the phone. It has an in-built memory of 130 MB and an expandable memory of 32 GB. Its 3.2 MP camera works way better than the 2 MP camera of Galaxy 5. The phone includes all Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and FM radio.
Motorola Quench XT3
Quench, priced at Rs. 12,299 is the only touch screen Android phone launched by Motorola. Unlike Motorola’s other Android phones, Quench does not have a QWERTY keypad. The 3.2 MP touch screen has a resolution of 320×480. It runs Android 2.1 and is powered by Qualcomm 600 MHz processor. The 256 MB RAM is sufficient for the phone. It has a 3.2 MP camera and provides a talk time of 6.5 hours. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB and FM radio are all present in the phone.
Samsung Galaxy i7500
Galaxy i7500 is priced at Rs. 12,499 and is thus the most expensive Galaxy. The phone is powered by Qualcomm 528 MHz processor which is quite low compared to the other less expensive Galaxy phones mentioned in the list. i7500 has a 3.2 inch capacitive touch screen along with a resolution of 320×480. The 5 MP camera and the 8 GB memory are the most striking features of i7500. Samsung Spica, a phone in the same range is now no more available in the market.
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Mini
It is priced at Rs. 12,899 and includes only one striking feature, which is the 5 MP camera. It has a 2.5 inch screen which is smaller than all other Android phones mentioned here. The 3.5 hour talk time is another downside of the phone. Xperia is powered by Qualcomm 600 MHz processor.
The phones that could not make to the list include HTC Tattoo (cost Rs. 12,999), Acer beTouch E130 (Rs.13,199), Motorola Charm (Rs. 13,499), LG Optimus One (Rs. 13,500), Sony Ericsson Xperia X8 (Rs. 13,950), LG GW620 (Rs.14,599) and HTC Wildfire (Rs. 14,799). Out of these LG Optimus One is the Android phone launched recently that runs Android 2.2 and appears to be a good phone in this range.