A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)
A consumer checks out smartphones (Reuters)Reuters

India, despite being billed as the third biggest smartphone business arena in the world is still a price-sensitive market consisting of middle-class working population who usually shy away from buying high-end expensive MNC branded devices.

However, home grown players like Micromax, Karbonn Mobile and others seem to have cracked the code to attract thrift buyers by offering smartphones with top-of-the-line specifications for half the prices compared to international brands.

For those prospective consumers looking for a cheaper alternative to expensive phones, we have compiled a list of full HD quad-core smartphones with a competitive price tag.

We have also high-lighted stand-out features to give better perspective on the smartphones as most devices pack similar specifications.

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250:             

First on the list, Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 is the company's first full HD smartphone. It sports a 5.0-inch display with a pixel density of 441 ppi (pixels per inch) and runs on the Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS.


  • Metallic back cover
  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Good camera applications: Camerazzi
  • Affordable price: around ₹18,000


  • Limited memory (only 16GB storage, no microSD card)
  • Needs company attention towards "After-sales" service; needs to increase authorised repair shops in Tier-2 and Tier-3 towns

Karbonn Titanium X:

Karbonn's Titanium X made its debut just a couple of days ago; like its local counterpart Micromax, the Bengaluru based company has come up with a high-end device tucked in with top-of-the-line specs for just ₹18,490.


  • Quad-core processor
  • 16GB memory with MicroSD card support (up to 32GB)
  • 5.0-megapixel Front-camera with a separate LED flash support
  • NFC (no other local branded device in the market boasts of this feature)
  • Affordable Price (₹18,490)


  • 1GB RAM (other counterparts in the market are offering 2GB)
  • Single SIM

 [Note: Karbonn has also added another full HD phone in to its portfolio, interested readers can check out the new Titanium S7 here

Zen Ultra Amaze 701 FHD:

Like the above smartphones, Zen's Ultra Amaze 701 FHD is an affordable phone packing high-end features.


  • Magnesium body frame
  • Gorilla Glass 2 screen shield
  • 16GB memory with microSD card (expandable up to 64GB)
  • 8.0-megapixel front camera


  • 1GB RAM (other counterparts in the market are offering 2GB for same price)
  • Needs more marketing to spread the brand awareness

Intex Aqua i7:

Launched in August this year, Intex's Aqua i7 is a worthy adversary to local players. It sports an above-average camera for a price-tag of ₹18,999 (Flipkart).


  • Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • Gorilla Glass screen shield
  • Good quality main camera (13.0-megapixel)


  • no microSD card slot (but 32GB inbuilt storage is enough to satiate average users)
  • Average battery life

Apart from Indian smartphone vendors, there is another affordable phone offered by a Chinese handset maker Gionee. Prospective buyers can check out the Elife E6, which has garnered heaps of praise from tech pundits for its tough build quality, unibody design, retina display and camera specifications (Price: Around ₹21,000). (For more information, Click Here; it is available at Snapdeal for 20,750)  

Key Specifications of Top Indian Affordable Smartphones:

Model Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 Karbonn Titanium X Zen Ultrafone Amaze 701 FHD Intex Aqua i7
Display 5.0-inch IPS full HD (1920x1080p) LCD display with CGS (Continuous Grain Silicon) technology and boasts pixel density close to 441 ppi (pixels per inch) 5.0-inch full HD (1920x1080p) IPS display with One Glass Screen technology 5.0-inch IPS full HD OGS (One Glass Solution)screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 shield 5.0-inch IPS capacitive display with full HD (1920x1080p)resolution , Corning Gorilla Glass screen shield
OS Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean Android v4.2 Jelly Bean Android v4.2 Jelly Bean Android v4.2.1 Jelly Bean
Processor MediaTek quad-core processor with 1.5GHz CPU speed(Chipset: MT6589T) 1.5GHz quad-core processor 1.5GHz quad-core processor MediaTek quad-core processor with 1.5 GHZ CPU speed(chipset type: MTK 6589 Turbo)
Storage capacity 16GB(non-expandable memory) 16GB, expandable up to 32GB 16GB, expandable up to 64GB 32 GB (24.8GB user memory), no microSD slot
Camera Main: 13-megapixel camera with auto-focus, flash support and is capable of recording full HD videoFront: 5.0-megapixel camera Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with dual LED flash, auto-focusFront: 5.0-megapixel camera with flash Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with LED flash support and boasts BSI 2 sensorsFront 8.0-megapixel camera Main: 13.0-megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash supportFront: 5.0-megapixel camera
Battery 2000 mAh;Talk time: up to 7 hours;

Standby time: 105 hours

2300 mAh;Talk time: up to 6 hours;

Standby time: 240 hours

2050 mAh 2000 mAhTalk time: up to 8 hours

Standby mode: 220 hours

Network 3G 3G 3G 3G
Add-ons Metal back-cover, dual-SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, micro-USB v2.0, metal shell. Single SIM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, microSD card slot, NFC Magnesium frame, Dual-SIM slots, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, USB connectivity, GPRS/EDGE Tough- plastic matte finish,  Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro 5-pin port, EDGE/GPRS, A-GPS
Dimensions 128.3 x 71 x 8.6 mm 143.9 x 70.5 x 9.9 mm ---------------------- 142.7 x 71.9 x 7.8 mm
Weight --------------------------- 143 g ---------------------- 143 g
Price Around ₹18,000/- Around ₹18,000/- ₹17,999/- Around 18,999/-
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