[Updated Feb 2015]
There was a time when buying an android based phone was unthinkable for most people, because of the high costs involved. Not so anymore. Here is a list of 10 cheapest android phones on India for those who have avoided buying an android based device so far because of its cost.[Please note, there are 100s of phones that are cheap, but we have hand picked only a few of them which we recommend. Each of the phone listed here stands out for something, and they could be termed as full value for money budget phones.]
Celkon Campus Nova – Rs. 1999 – 2199
Celkon Campus Nova is currently the cheapest Android phone in India. Priced at less than Rs. 2000, it surely is the most affordable Android phone available in India market today. Because the price of Celkon Campus Nova is so low, it obviously is low on specifications. However, for some one who is graduating from a feature phone, it is surely a big upgrade with all features available to them of Android.
The phone comes with Android Jellybean 4.2 and has a 3.5 inch capacitive screen. It has 256 MB Ram, 512 MB ROM with 32 GB expandable memory, 2 MP camera and a decent 1400 mAH battery.
This phone is currently available on Snapdeal exclusively and is available at Rs. 1999 as a Diwali promotional sale.
Videocon Vstyle Smart – Rs. 2180
Videocon Vstyle Smart currently stands at number 2 position as far as the cheapest Android phone available in Indian market. Given that it is available for just above Rs. 2000, the specs are average at best. This dual sim phone has a 3.5-inch screen and come with 1GHz single core processor. What really puts it down is low 128mb RAM and old Gingerbread 2.3.5 Android OS.
As for the other features, it does have FM recording, a rear 1.3mp camera, GPRS connectivity and 1300 mAh battery that should last you a day.
If you are on a budget, and just want a phone for making calls, we would recommend it, otherwise, this is not going to be ideal for people who want to play games or use other apps consistently
Spice Full Touch MI-347 – Rs. 2299
This dual sim phone from Spice currently ranks third on the cheapest Android phone list in India. Currently it is only available on HomeShop18, but at Rs. 2299/-, it is a good choice and value for money.
The phone sports a 3.5-inch multi-touch screen and operates on relatively newer Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system, which is big plus. The phone has a 1Ghz single core processor and support OTG, which may be useful to many. While the phone is quite cheap, the gold back gives it a nice high-end phone feel. so if you are looking for something that looks good, you should seriously consider this phone.
Coming to the battery capacity, this phone’s battery capacity of 1300 mAh, that should easily give you a day of usage. In addition, this Android phone is equipped with an internal memory of 512 MB, expandable memory up to 32 GB using microSD and 256 MB RAM. Lastly, it features 2 MP primary camera and other inbuilt entertaining features like MP3 player, radio, Wi-Fi and GPRS.
Overall, it is a decent phone to have!
Intex Aqua R3 – Rs. 2340
As of Feb 15, Intex Aqua R3 is the cheapest Android phone that sports the latest Android 4.4 KitKat Operating system, so if you are looking for latest OS on budget, this is the one for you. This phone also has 512MB RAM, that makes it the cheapest phone with half GB of RAM.
As far as the specs go, Aqua R3 sports a 3.5-inch screen and sports a dual Sim (GSM, GSM). This is also the phone that supports micro-sim rather than a normal one. It has a 1400 mAh battery and an expandable storage of 32GB. It sports a 2 megapixel rear camera and a VGA front camera.
At Rs. 2340, this is definitely a good budget phone that you should consider
Maxx MSD7 AX410 – Rs. 2498
This is the only phone below Rs. 2500 that give you a 4.0 Inch Multi Capacitive Touch Screen and thats why we decided to include this phone in the list. It has an inbuilt 512 MB memory coupled with 256 MB RAM and it supports external memory of which can be extended Up to 32 GB extensible memory. The processor is 1 GHz, Chipset: SC6820 processor & has a 1500 mAH battery.
The only downside of this phone is that it runs on an age-old Android 2.3.6 version. If you are ok with that, this could be one of the budget Android phones you should consider.
Celkon A9+ – Rs. 2499
Another budget phone you should definitely give a look is Celkon A9+. With it price dropping by about Rs. 500 recently, this phone has definitely become a value for money phone.
Celkon A9+ is Dual SIM Mobile phone with 3.5 inch display. The best part is that it comes with a newer Android 4.0 ICS OS. The phone also sports a dual camera mobile with GPRS, Bluetooth & Wi-Fi Connectivity. You can expand the memory up to 32GB.
The phone has a FM that should quench your thirst for music.
Karbonn A100 Black – Rs. 2451
We included this phone in the list because it is currently the only QWERTY keyboard phone available in the market at a price of less than Rs. 2500. So, if you want to have a QWERTY budget Android phone, this is it.
Karbon A100 black is a dual SIM phone with 3.5 inch IPS display sporting 3MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. The phone also runs on newer 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The phone also carries a dual-core 1GHz CPU that should operate better than its single core counterparts.
Overall, this phone definitely stands out from the rest when it comes to looks. Available for only Rs. 2499, this is the phone to go for if you like QWERTY keypads.
SWIPE SMARTPHONE KONNECT 4E – Rs. 2599
Swipe Konnect is the cheapest Dual Core Android phone in the Indian market. Priced at 2599, it sports 1.3 GHz Dual Core Processor, however is slightly lower on the RAM at 256mb. This phone too comes with the latest Android 4.4 KitKat Operating system and has a 4-inch screen size. So, if you are looking for a 4 inch screen phone on budget, this should be your choice.
It has all other regular specs that you would expect from a basic smartphone including expandable memory (upto 32 GB), priimary shooter at 2 megapixel and front 0.3 megapixel. Another good aspect of this phone is that it can shoot Full HD videos. It has bluetooth, wi-fi and GPRS/Edge connectivity options.
Simmtronics Xpad Q4 – Rs. 2599
While Simmtronics is not much of a known brand, their low cost Xpad surely is something you should think about if you are on a budget. The dual-sim 3.5 inch phone has everything that you would want from a budget smartphone. Unfortunately, it does not support 3G, but apart from it you get everything from this phone for a price which is quite good as well. The Li-Ion battery is rated 1200 mAh which give you a standby time of 200 hours.
And yes, it does come with a warranty of one year and you can pick it up from Flipkart.
Celkon Campus A35K – Rs. 2730
This mobile phone has an iconic design which is inspired by HTC One flagship smartphone (a high-end device). You need to pay 2730INR to buy it while features included within the shell are 3.5 inch display, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual SIM and all advanced KitKat version of Android OS. It even features 3.2MP rear and VGA camera on front to make video calling possible.
Intex Aqua T2 KitKat – Rs. 2759
Recently Intex flipped out lots of smartphones running KitKat version of Android OS and Aqua T2 is one of them. It is powered by dual-core processor and has a 3.5 inch display to gather inputs from users. T2 comes with a front and rear cameras and can support two different SIM Cards. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity features are also available. This wonderful device can be yours for only 2,759 INR.
Lava Iris 310 Style – Rs. 2849
A simple and elegant looking smartphone is the story of Lava Iris 310 Style. Its main attraction is Android KitKat 4.4 OS, 1.3GHz dual-core processor, 256MB RAM, 2GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Dual SIM, 2MP rear camera with LED flash and front facing VGA camera. GPS is also there and its metallic finish back cover further provides it premium look.
Karbonn A1 Plus Champ – Rs. 2999
Powered by dual-core processor (clocked at 1.3GHz), it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS (latest version of Android software) along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual SIM card support. Rear part holds on to 3MP camera with dual LED flash while front part got VGA camera to make video chatting possible. There is 256MB of RAM to make apps work smoothly on the device and 512MB internal storage to let them exist in the device. For users, 32GB microSD card is supported. It is now available at 3,270INR exclusively at Flipkart.
Micromax Bolt A089 – Rs. 3999
Its Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS powered device runs on dual-core 1.3GHz processor along with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage. 4 inch of touch screen estate is on front to gather input from user side support maximum resolution of 480×800 pixels. Within the box it has a 2100mAh battery which gives 7 hours of continuous talk time. It is available exclusively at Flipkart for just 4,135INR.
Lenovo A369i – Rs 3470
The main attractions within are Android 4.2 Jelly Bean software, dual-core processor, 2MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and dual SIM card support. It measures just 11.7mm thick and weighs only 120 grams. The A369i sports a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution and comes with 512mb RAM.
The phone comes with Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system with 1.3GHz dual core processor, 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory expandable up to 32GB and dual SIM (GSM+WCDMA)
XOLO A500s Lite – Rs. 4199
The rear side of this phone has stitching marks along the corners which make it look very unique. 1.3GHz dual-core processor is at its heart along with 512MB of RAM. The processing is definitely going to be average because it runs on older version of Android OS (4.2). This is the only negative feature but it still doesn’t matter if you’re not aware of latest features of Android. You can buy it at 4,199INR.
Lava Iris 405 Plus – Rs. 4300
Design of this device isn’t unique but still attractive in the price range. Available at just 4,300INR it features dual-core processor, 5MP rear camera with LED flash and runs on Android KitKat OS. The front estate houses 4 inch of LCD touch screen display and a VGA camera on top of that. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and Dual SIM Card support are other attractive features.
Karbonn Titanium S2 Plus – Rs. 4999
If your budget allows you to buy a smartphone worth 5k INR, then this is best option. It features quad-core 1.3GHz processor along with 5 inch display, 8MP rear camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G support. It can house two different SIM cards and a microSD card of maximum 32GB size. Front camera is also there and the whole hardware is driven by Android KitKat 4.4 OS. You just need to pay 4,999INR to bring it home.
We hope our list of 10 best and cheapest android phones in India will help brighten your festive season. Please keep in mind that there are many more phones in range of Rs. 2000 to Rs. 5000, but we have picked up the best value for money phones in each of the segment.
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