Top five low-cost Android 4.4 KitKat smartphones in India
Android 4.4 KitKat — nicknamed KitKat — is the 10th major version of Android. Announced in November last year the new mobile software by Google is the most significant change to the look and feel of the OS since 2011’s Ice Cream Sandwich release.
The new version brings along a lot of enhancements especially in form of new, lighter color scheme to Android, with flatter icons and a redesigned home screen launcher incorporating Google Now. The new software has also improved the often neglected phone dialer app. Laying emphasis on convenience and smooth user-interface, the new dialer now allows users to search for business numbers without leaving the phone app. The numbers can be searched by going into the dialer and typing a few letters. Similarly, in case of an unrecognizable call, Android 4.4 looks for potential matches in the Google database. “We’ve made the dialer more intelligent, more manageable,” Google says in its blogpost. In addition, the phone’s contact list has also been made more intuitive. It learns a user’s habits in realtime and rearranges the way your contacts are displayed based on that understanding.
Other changes include full-screen mode for apps, Hangouts with SMS, Emojis, wireless printing, screen recording, a tweaked UI, better support for pedometers, and a few other smaller features.
Here in this list we have picked five smartphones running the latest Android version:
1.Lava Iris Selfie 50 (Rs 7,999)
Lava Iris Selfie 50 comes with dual-SIM support, featuring one regular SIM SLOT and the other Micro-SIM. It sports a 5-inch (720x1280 pixels) HD IPS display and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core (unspecified chipset) processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.
The device comes with a 5-megapixel front-facing autofocus camera that comes accompanied by an LED flash. It also has a 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with BSI II sensor and dual-LED flash.
Connectivity options include 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth. Lava Iris Selfie 50 packs a 2400mAh battery, which according to the official listing is rated to deliver up to 10 hours of talk time and up to 200 hours of standby time on 3G networks.
2.Moto E (Rs. 6,999)
Motorola’s Moto E has created a lot of buzz in the affordable smartphone market.
Moto E offers a 4.3-inch display with a qHD (540x960 pixel) resolution and 256ppi pixel density. Motorola is also touting the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 screen of the phone, along with its ‘water-nano coating’ which provides a measure of water resistance. It is a dual-SIM phone that supports Micro-SIM cards and an ‘intelligent calling feature.’
Under the hood, the device is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor along with Adreno 302 GPU alongside 1GB of RAM. Motorola’s latest budget offering comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera and packs a 1980mAh battery.
3.Micromax Unite 2 (Rs. 6,999)
The device features a 4.7-inch Bright Graph IPS display with a 480x800 pixel resolution. An unspecified quad-core processor powers the device, clocked at 1.3GHz, along with 1GB of RAM.
The talking point of the smartphone is that it supports 20 regional languages and English, thanks to something called the Reverie Multilingual Pack. The 20 regional languages supported by the handset are Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Malayalam, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Odia, Bengali, Assamese, Marathi, Nepali, Bodo, Dogri, Konkani, Kashmiri, Maithili, Manipuri, Sanskrit, Sindhi.
4.Lava Iris X1 (Rs. 7,999)
The Iris X1 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device that supports 3G connectivity.
The device offers a 4.5-inch IPS display (480x854 pixels resolution and 217ppi pixel density); 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 processor with 1GB of RAM; 4GB of built-in storage; expandable storage via microSD card (up to 32GB); 8-megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash; 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 1800mAh battery. Connectivity options apart from 3G support include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS/ EDGE, A-GPS and Micro-USB.
The Lava Iris X1 was launched in the last week of May, and is available under Rs. 8,000.
5.Xolo Q1000 Opus (Rs. 7,790)
The Xolo Q1000 Opus is a dual-SIM phablet with support for GSM+GSM and features a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display with 480x854 pixels resolution.
The smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 processor with Videocore IV GPU and 1GB of RAM. The device sports a 5-megapixel autofocus rear camera accompanied by an LED flash and also includes a VGA front-facing camera.
It runs Android 4.2 out-of-the-box but received the Android 4.4 KitKat update recently, making it the first sub-Rs. 10,000 handset to run the latest Android version.