If you are planning to buy a smartphone this year, the one thing you should look for in the specs sheet is 4G connectivity. 4G networks can theoretically provide speeds of up to 100 Mbps, though real-world tests yield download speeds of up to 40 Mbps, i.e. 1GB in 200 seconds.
4G services debuted first in India in 2012, though telecom companies have been a bit slow on the uptake until now. Aircel and Airtel presently offer 4G services in over a dozen cities in India, while Reliance plans to roll out their 4G network in over 700 cities this year.
The 4G phone you buy must be purchased keeping the network operator in mind, as not all 4G phones will work in India. Indian 4G operators operate in the 1800 MHz and 2300 MHz band using FDD-LTE and TD-LTE technology. 4G phones have become quite affordable lately, four of them are available under Rs 10,000. Let’s take a quick look at them.
Priced at Rs.9,999, the Redmi Note 4G has a 5.5-inch display, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a 3200 mAH battery. The Redmi Note 4G supports FDD-LTE and TDD-LTE band 40 networks, is fitted with a 13 megapixel camera that can take 1080p videos, and a 5-megapixel front facing camera. The smartphone runs MIUI V5, which is a modified version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Priced at Rs 6,999, the A6000 sports a 5-inch IPS capacitive screen, quad-core Snapdragon 410 chipset, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory. It has an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel secondary camera. The phone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat and supports two Micro-SIM cards on dual stand-by mode. The phone has a 2300 mAh battery and two speakers with Dolby Digital Plus sound. The A6000 supports LTE FDD 1800MHz (Band 3) and TDD 2300MHz (Band 40).
Priced at 8,999, the Yu Yureka runs on Cyanogen OS 11 based on Android 4.4.4 Kit Kat, and is powered by a 64-bit Octa-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor. The Yu Yureka is a dual SIM, with 2GB of RAM 16 GB of storage, supports 4G LTE networks, and incorporates a 5.5-inch IPS Display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. It has a 13 megapixel camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, and a 2500 mAh battery. The Yu Yureka supports TDD-LTE Band 40 and FDD-LTE Band 3 networks.
Priced at Rs. 8,299, the Lumia 638 has a 4.5-inch display, 1GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage, and supports MicroSD cards unto 128 GB. Powered by a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400, it has a has a 5-megapixel camera and a 1830 mAh battery. The Lumia 638 supports LTE FDD networks in Band 3 (1800 MHz) and Band 7 (2600 MHz).
Priced at Rs. 9,900, this is a dual sim phone with a 4.3-inch WVGA TFT display, a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB storage with a microSD slot for cards up to 128 GB. Rounding the specs off is a 1.2 Ghz quad core processor and a 1850 mAh battery. The J1 will hit the shelves in March 2015 and is available in blue, white and black.