Once again after carefully evaluating all the recent mobile phones, we are ready to present three good quality smartphones around 9000 rupees budget. This is a continuation of what we did six months before. In the last six months, there have been some great smartphones launches in low budget.
Not exactly the best rather better choices than available other alternatives in market. If you are planning to buy a smartphone in 9000 to 10000 rupees budget, these three smartphone are the best choice one could consider today.
HTC Desire 526G Plus 16GB
The HTC has long been criticized for ignoring budget segment smartphones. Also, from the last couple of years its presence in the same segment has been almost negligible. However, with the launch of Desire 526G Plus smartphone in India, the Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer tried to attract again its lost base.
This smartphone comes in two variants i.e. 8 GB and 16 GB, but today we will be reviewing the 16 GB model, which is available online under 9000 rupees.
The HTC Desire 526G Plus smartphone looks like any other HTC budget smartphones with not much to offer in terms of design. Power key and the volume rockers on the left side look like they have been dissolved into the metal finished edge itself. The back panel looks more like a cover than the part of the phone and attracts a lot of fingerprints. It measures 9.9mm in thickness and 154 grams in weight.
The 4.7 inch display of this phone has got a resolution of 540 X 960 pixels that translates to a pixel density of 234 ppi. Certainly this display is not the sharpest and its viewing angles are also not much impressive. However, it produces good colors and the texts can easily be read in bright daylight because of its high brightness.
There is no display protection so you would need a screen protector if you plan to use this phone for long.
An 8 MP sensor is what you get on the back side. You can capture decent shots with this phone with great color reproduction. However, grains start to fill the view field in the low light. The rear camera is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30 frames per second.
The 2 MP front camera is also not less impressive, you can capture decent selfies and also record 720p videos with it. Camera interface is pretty basic. You don’t get any special capabilities, which are becoming common these days.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks and Gaming)
The HTC Desire 526G Plus boasts an octa-core 1.7 GHz processor with Mali-450 GPU. This much processing power is enough to easily run a task any intensive. But only 1 GB of RAM surely puts a limit on the multitasking ability of this phone.
As mentioned in the introduction, the smartphone comes in two variants, one with 8 GB of onboard storage and the other with 16 GB of on board storage. You can also attach a micro SD card to expand the storage up to 32 GB.
This phone is really a performer, which is also proved by the AnTuTu score of 33844. In Nenamark 2 the phone manages to get a score of 52.5 fps. You will be able to play a great number of games without much issues. Asphalt 8, Real Racing 3 and NOVA 3 run without any hiccup, but frequent frame drops are normal.
HTC clearly understands the Indian market, which is why it has put dual SIM slots on this phone. The HTC Desire 526G Plus also supports 3G networks, but when telecom companies are on the way of spreading 4G networks only 3G support will not prove to be enough.
The phone also comes with the connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB.
This smartphone comes with the needed sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and Light Sensor, but the lack of other sensors will prove to be a little disappointing.
The 2000 mAh battery seems to be appropriate for a phone like this. Low resolution 4.7 inch display will certainly not eat much power. This phone will give at least one day of power back up on a normal usage. However, the gamers are advised to carry the charger along.
This phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. It is not clear whether it will be receiving the Lollipop update or not. If HTC really wants to attract the budget customers, then it will be a necessary move.
The HTC Sense UI also bring the much appreciated Blink Feed to this phone. User Interface is mostly smooth without any frame drops.
- Octa-core 1.7 GHz processor
- 8 MP rear shooter with full HD recording capability
- Dual SIM support
- The front firing speaker produces great sound levels
- Storage can be expanded up to 32 GB
- The back panel attracts fingerprints
- Only 1 GB of RAM
- No Indian 4G
- No word on Lollipop update
It can be said that this phone is a good effort from HTC to attract the budget customers. The processing power that it offers have given it a clear lead compare to other smartphones in this price segment. However, it depends on your taste whether you want to go with a phone with great speed or great display or great design.
|SIM||Dual, Micro, GSM, 2G/3G|
|OS||Android Kitkat 4.4.2|
|Screen||4.7 Inches, TFT, qHD, 234 PPI|
|Processor||Octa core 1.7 GHz MediaTek MT6592|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 16GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 2MP[F], FHD Recording|
|Body||154 g [W], 9.8 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||OTG, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|
It came to be a surprise for many when Lenovo quietly listed its A5000 smartphone on a retailer’s website back in April. The whole incident got even more curious when the same smartphone got available on the company’s official website. However, sometime later the Chinese manufacturer at last announced the launch.
The Lenovo A5000 has a list of multitasking smart features powered by a massive 4000 mAh battery. Its battery power is a USP to consider. Now question is, what else we are getting at the budget friendly price of 9000 rupees besides reliable 4000 mAh battery.
Considering the battery size and the features it packs, the design is really appreciable. The only aspect its huge battery gets reflected is the weight. This smartphone is 10mm thin and looks much premium because of the metal finished sides. It might be anything, but it is definitely not a fingerprint magnet, thanks to the matte finish on the back. Also, The Lenovo A5000 feels comfortable in hand because of the curves on the edges.
The phone sports a 5 inch IPS HD display with a pixel density of 294 ppi. As many smartphones of this price segment do feature this kind of display so it is not a big surprise. However, a good thing is that this display has got a nano coating, which makes it partially water resistant. You will not find any sort of problem in the display as the color reproduction is great and the viewing angles are much wide.
The Lenovo A5000 has got an 8 MP camera at the back with a single LED flash. Its sensor is capable of capturing good amount of details. It can capture full HD 1080p videos, but the image stabilization really becomes the issue there. Users can also tap to focus on the subject while recording a video. However, in low light the same camera fails to perform and you end up with lots of annoying grains.
On the front side, this smartphone features a 2MP camera, which is good for taking selfies and doing video calling. There is not much special to tell about this selfie shooter.
Performance (Benchmarks, Gaming and Everyday Usage)
Sitting at the heart of this phone is a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 processor, which is only capable to give average performance. Certainly it is a bad decision to put a MediaTek chipset on a phone of this price and curiosity. Lenovo could have easily managed a Snapdragon one. Some relief can be expected because of the 1GB RAM as more than 500 MB of it remains free on the first boot. Internal storage of 8 GB is expandable up to 32 GB using a micro SD Card.
The Lenovo A5000 easily manages to get a Nenamark 2 score of 52 fps, which arises not because of the processor, but from PowerVR SGX 544 GPU. However, the AnTuTu score of 17632 is below expectation. The Moto G first gen with processor clocked at 1.2 GHz easily manages to go above 18000 because the fact that it has a Snapdragon chipset. This smartphone would be able to play high end games, but with some stutters and frame drops.
The everyday performance on the Lenovo A5000 is good. You will generally not find any kind of issues unless you are running a bunch of apps in the background. This phone is better suited for those who are not gaming guys.
The smartphone boasts two SIM card slots of which only one supports 3G networks. You do get the much needed connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB, GPS and FM radio. However, the lack of 4G support and any other special attraction will affect the selling of this phone.
The Lenovo A5000 is loaded with the sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity Sensors, Gravity Sensor and Light Sensor. You might miss the Gyro sensor that is necessary to run some apps and HD games.
This smartphone might not be impressive on any other aspect, but when it comes to battery it is a great performer. Its 4000 mAh battery will not give less than two days of backup on a normal usage. There is also a power saver section merged into the settings for better power backup optimization.
Here, I would like to introduce a unique feature, which is quite handy if you are in a hurry mode. The Lenovo A5000 features an ultra quick charging option, which gives approx 4 hours of talk time in just 15 minutes of short charging session.
The Lenovo A5000 runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box with Vibe UI on the top. Not putting an app drawer has become an identifying feature of all the Chinese manufacturers and Lenovo is no different from them. This phone comes with a countable number of bloatware that may annoy most times.
- 4000 mAh battery
- Quick Charging Features
- Premium and sturdy design
- 8 MP rear camera captures decent shots
- Full HD recording capable
- High density display with splash proof nano coating
- This phone is not for high level processing
- It is a dual SIM device but the absence of 4G support is a big drawback
The phone does feature some impressive specs like a full HD recording capable camera and a 4000 mAh battery. Also, its display is attractive that has got nano coating too. We cannot say that is the best yet it is the best option today around 9000 budget. There are many other phones in the market, which offer great specs at much lower price.
|SIM||Dual, MicroGSM, 2G/3G|
|OS||Android v4.4 (Kitkat)|
|Screen||5 Inches, IPS LCD, HD, 294 PPI|
|Processor||QC, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6582|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 2MP[F], LED, ZOOM|
|Battery||4000 mAh, Non-Removable|
|Body||160 g [W], 9.9 mm [Th]|
|Connectivity||3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|
Micromax Canvas Juice 2
In the race of providing long battery life Micromax does not want the people to think of it as sitting idle and doing nothing. In the March of this year only it launched the successor of its Canvas Juice smartphone, the Canvas Juice 2. It is currently available on Flipkart.com for the price of 8848 INR. The new phone features much different specs and design from its predecessor. However, it has failed to attract a lot of customers because of the reasons that we will discuss in this review.
The Indian manufacturer has gone much bold in taking inspiration from the HTC One series. The plastic material painted to look like brushed metal really mimics the look of many HTC flagships launched during a course of several years. However, the phone feels flimsy in the hand and you will not like the cheap material used on the back.
The Micromax Canvas Juice 2 does feature a 5 inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels (294 ppi), but its quality is not like any other HD display out there. Color reproduction is below expectations and the viewing angles are not that great either. Brightness gets much shifted as you move to the sides making the whole experience poor.
The good thing is that the display of this phone has got a Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. We can say that Micromax has at least started to learn.
This phone comes with an 8 MP Auto focus camera, but that remains just for the sake of mentioning only. Images shot in bright daylight also lack detail as the processing done behind the scenes tries to over sharpen the pictures. You can capture 1080P videos, but you will really need steady hands.
On the front, you can find a 2 MP fixed focus camera, which is best suited for video conferencing. You will not want to do a self-photo-shoot as Selfies taken from this front shooter are full of noise.
Performance (Storage, Benchmarks, Gaming)
The Micromax Canvas Juice 2 performs the same as any MediaTek chipset featured smartphone would. A quad-core 1.3 GHz processor sitting at the core provides decent performance, but fails to impress in intense processing. The only thing that will give some relief to you is the 2GB of RAM with which you can enjoy seamless multitasking. You only get a 8 GB of internal storage, but that is expandable up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
Surprisingly this phone manages to get really impressive scores in benchmarks. AnTuTU gives it a decent score of 19336, which means that this phone will not generate any problem in all the daily tasks. The phone scores 50.3 fps in Nenamark 2, again a good score considering it boasts a MediaTek chipset and missing GPU. Also in Vellamo browser benchmarking, the Micromax Canvas Juice 2 easily gets a score of 1605.
A little disappointing thing for gamers is that this phone has only 2 point multi-touch sensor. You cannot expect a great level of gaming experience on a phone like this. Even low intense games like Subway Surfers suffer from stutters and frame drops. Also, you will not be able to install many games on this phone as the app data is not movable to external storage.
It is a dual SIM phone and also supports 3G networks. However, the Micromax Canvas Juice 2 is not having anything special to offer. You will only find the needed connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and micro USB.
The phone boasts only three sensors, which are Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and Light Sensor. Lack of Gyroscope and eCompass will surely create problem in using this phone as gaming utility.
With 3000 mAh battery, you will be able to easily make it to the end of the day on a single charge. This is not the phone for the people looking for a massive battery even if Micromax is teasing this phone in that way.
The Micromax Canvas Juice 2 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop running out of the box. Look and feel of the user interface closely matches the stock Android skin. It can be said that Micromax has not really optimized the OS for this phone. There are a lot of lags and frame drops in the basic animations of the interface.
- Enhanced Audio
- High pixel density
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Android 5.0
- 2 GB of RAM
- 3000 mAh battery
- 1080p video recording
- USB OTG Support
- Display quality is not that great
- Not meant for gaming
- The interface lags a lot
- Images shot lack in detail
There is clearly not a single reason to buy this phone. Someone might say consider this phone for the battery it comes packed with, but there are many other options available in the market. Also, the price of this phone does not match the specs that it boasts.
|SIM||Dual, Regular, GSM, 3G+2G|
|OS||Android Lollipop 5.0.1|
|Screen||5 Inches, IPS LCD, HD, 294 PPI, Gorilla Glass|
|Processor||QC, 1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6582M|
|Memory||2GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||8MP[P], 2MP[F], HD Recording|
|Connectivity||FM, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB|