"Here's a look at the top 5 large-screen smartphones priced under Rs 15,000."
Our notion of the ideal smartphone display size has evolved over the past few years. The conservative 3.5-inch screens of yore have given way to behemoth 6-inchers, and it’s not unusual to see 7-inch giants dwarfing people’s faces either. Most brands seem to have latched on to the phablet trend, so there are plenty of options to go around. And for those of you who like ‘em big, but want to pay small, we’ve got you covered, too. Here’s our list of the top five phablets priced under Rs 15,000.
The Intex Aqua i15, which was listed on the company’s website in January this year, is more tablet and less smartphone. It sports a huge 6-inch IPS display, which sadly skips HD for a staid resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The giant phablet is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz, accompanied by a miserly 512MB RAM. However, you get a decent 8MP snapper at the back, and a 2MP shooter in the front, too. Internal storage is 4GB, expandable up to 32GB with a microSD card. The Aqua i15 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, with Intex Zone and Intex Cloud preloaded. The dual-SIM device supports 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and feeds off a 2,400mAh battery.
The Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 is a great option for those looking for a Samsung Galaxy Note-type device at an affordable price. It features a 5.7-inch HD IPS display, and comes with a stylus, like its predecessor. Flaunting a full aluminium body, the phone has a few tricks up its sleeve, such Smart Pause, Flip to Silence and Blow/Shake to Unlock. The Canvas Doodle 2 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with FOTA (firmware over the air) support. It features a 12MP rear camera with LED flash, along with a 5MP front camera. There’s 16GB of internal memory, which is unfortunately non-expandable. The phone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, paired with 1GB RAM. The dual-SIM device supports 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. There’s a 2,600mAh battery that provides up to 8 hours of talk time.
Launched last year, the XOLO Q2000 sports a 5.5-inch IPS display with a 720 x 1280 resolution, translating into a pixel density of 267 ppi. The dual-SIM device runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek 6589W processor and 1GB RAM. There’s 8GB of internal storage, expandable up to an additional 32GB with a microSD card. The Q2000 sports a 13MP rear camera with autofocus, BSI 2 sensor and LED flash, and is accompanied by a 2MP front-facing camera. The battery under the hood has a 2,600mAh capacity, and promises up to 17 hours of talk time.
Launched last year, the Karbonn Titanium S9 is a value-for-money phablet with plenty of storage. It features a 5.5-inch IPS display with 720p resolution. Ticking under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, accompanied by 1GB of RAM. Unlike most budget phablets, Karbonn hasn’t skimped on the internal storage, and the Titanium S9 gets a healthy 16GB, plus a microSD card slot for expansion, should you need it. There’s a 13MP rear camera with LED flash, and a 5MP front shooter. The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and offers dual-SIM connectivity, 3G, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. There’s a 2,600mAh battery fuelling the device.
Launched with three other A-series budget smartphones, Lenovo’s phablet offering is the most affordable in our lineup, but comes with a few compromises. It offers a 5.5-inch IPS display, but gets an average qHD resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The A850 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz, along with 1GB of RAM. The A850 disappoints on the photography front, offering a 5MP primary camera with LED flash, and a meagre VGA front camera. Internal memory is just 4GB, but can be expanded by a microSD card. The dual-SIM device also offers a 2,250mAh battery, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.