"If you're in the market for an affordable octa-core device, look no further."
Chipset maker MediaTek can be solely credited for the sudden peak in octa-core smartphone launches. The company's MT6592 processor, which can be clocked up to 2GHz, has provided device makers with an affordable true octa-core option. Given that smartphone prices have fallen lower than ever (thanks in part to the Xiaomi Mi 3 and ASUS Zenfone 5), you can now get an octa-core device without feeling the pinch. Here’s our list of the top five octa-core smartphones priced under Rs 15,000.
Obi Mobiles, the new brand backed by ex-Apple CEO John Sculley, made its maiden entry in the Indian market with the Octopus S520. The device offers flagship-worthy specs at an affordable price, and went on sale exclusively on Snapdeal. The smartphone features a 5-inch 720p IPS display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Powering the show is a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, aided by 1GB of RAM. Storage needs are taken care of by 8GB of internal memory, which can be expanded up to 32GB via microSD. For photography, you get an 8MP autofocus camera with flash at the rear, and a 2MP snapper for selfies in the front. Connectivity features include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. An 1,800mAh battery fuels the device.
The Karbonn Titanium Octane offers formidable specs for its price. It flaunts a 5-inch display with HD resolution, and is powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor clocked at 1.7GHz, paired with a gig of RAM. The Android KitKat running smartphone offers a capable pair of shooters, consisting of a 13MP camera with LED flash at the back, and a 5MP snapper in the front. The device offers a generous 16GB of internal storage, with a microSD card slot in tow for expansion. The battery under the hood is a 2,000mAh unit, and connectivity features include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
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The Karbonn Titanium Octane Plus is a beefed-up variant of the Titanium Octane. The device flaunts a 5-inch display with 1080p resolution. The imaging department is taken care of by a 16MP shooter with flash at the back, and an 8MP snapper in the front. The Android KitKat running smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor, working in tandem with a healthy 2GB of RAM. It offers 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The dual-SIM smartphone offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity, and is backed by a 2,000mAh battery.
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Even though it spills slightly over our price range for this roundup, the Panasonic P81 deserves to be included in this list. The phablet flaunts a large 5.5-inch display with HD resolution, and features a leatherette finish on the back. It runs an outdated Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Panasonic’s Play Life UI on top. The P81 is powered by a 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek Mt6592 processor, paired with 1GB of RAM and a Mali 450-MP4 GPU. It features a 13MP primary camera with LED flash, and a 2MP front camera for selfies and video calls. The handset offers 8GB of internal storage, which can be bumped up by 32GB with the use of a microSD card. The dual-SIM device is fuelled by a 2,500mAh battery and offers 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth for connectivity.
The XOLO Play 8X-1000, which was recently launched, marked a couple of firsts for the company. Not only was it the brand's first octa-core smartphone, it was also the first device to feature XOLO's new HIVE UI, running on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. The core specs include a 5-inch 720p display and a MediaTek octa-core MT6592 chipset clocked at 1.4GHz. For memory, the smartphone offers 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. It features an 8MP primary camera with an Exmor R sensor and LED flash, as well as a 2MP front shooter. The connectivity features are quite standard, and include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Powering the show is a 1,920mAh battery.
Related read: XOLO 8X-1000 first impressions
While the Xiaomi Mi 3 (review) has been grabbing all the eyeballs, there's another exciting device from the Chinese brand that's yet to be released. The Redmi Note, which was unveiled with pricing details last month, is set to launch in India later this year. The phablet features a 5.5-inch HD display and runs Xiaomi’s MIUI on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a MediaTek MT6592 octa-core chipset clocked at 1.7GHz, aided by 2GB of RAM. Internal storage maxes out at 8GB, and a microSD card supports expansion up to 32GB. Photography duties are handled by a 13-megapixel camera with flash at the rear, and a 5MP snapper in the front. Fuelling the phablet is a 3,200mah battery. Connectivity options include dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Xiaomi recently announced a 4G variant of the phablet in China, but it's unclear whether it will make its way to India.
Related read: Xiaomi Redmi Note first impressions
Micromax’s upcoming smartphone, the Unite Anthem, is expected to be one of the most affordable octa-core offerings yet. The device will reportedly feature a 4.7-inch display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels, and will run Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. It is expected to be powered by an octa-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.4GHz, paired with 1GB of RAM. Camera features will include an 8MP rear shooter with flash, and a 5MP front snapper for video calls. The device will offer 8GB of expandable storage, a 2,010mAh battery, dual-SIM and the usual connectivity features.
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