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Best 4G smartphones under Rs5,000

To enjoy 4G speeds on your phone, you don't necessarily need to spend a lot of money on an expensive phone

There are few phones in the truly affordable smartphone range—less than 5,000—that can deliver quality experience and latest features such as 4G connectivity. Several private operators have rolled out 4G LTE in various parts of the country. Vodafone is already offering 4G in five circles, including Mumbai, Delhi-NCR, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala. Airtel’s 4G is available in 15 Indian circles, including Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Karnataka, Punjab and Tamil Nadu. Idea has rolled out 4G in five circles, including Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.

If you live in an area where your mobile service provider is offering 4G connectivity, here are some truly affordable Android phones to choose from.

Infocus Bingo 10

Price: 4,299

Infocus’ Bingo 10 is the only 4G device which runs the latest Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) out of the box. This is also one of the best looking budget phones you can buy right now. The striped frame and the multi-coloured appearance gives it a funky look, while its compact and light form (145g) makes it perfect for small handed users. Bingo 10 has a 4.5-inch display with screen resolution of 854x480p. It runs on MediaTek’s MT6580 quad-core processor which in combination with 1GB RAM provides enough firepower to handle individual tasks and even some games without any hiccups. It has 8GB of on-board storage and can take in another 32GB via microSD cards.

Phicomm Energy 653

Price: 4,999

In case you are looking for a phone with a screen size bigger than the usual 4.4 inches, Phicomm Energy 653 is a good bet. Despite the plastic build, the phone feels well built and handy. At 130g and 8mm, it feels lighter and looks thinner than many budget smartphones. The 5-inch IPS screen packs in an impressive screen resolution of 1280x720p. This phone runs Android 5.1 out of the box with a typical Chinese phone interface. Equipped with Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, the phone can handle basic tasks well. It is a dual SIM device with 4G support on both SIM slots.

Swipe Elite 2

Price: 4,666

The plastic bodied Swipe Elite 2 with its matte finish and rounded corners is ideal for one handed use. The 4.5-inch screen offers a slightly better resolution of 960x540p. Driving the phone is a MediaTek’s MT6735 quad-core processor with 1GB RAM in tow. The phone offers 8GB of storage and can take in 32GB microSD cards. The device runs Android 5.1 (lollipop) with its proprietary custom UI called Freedom OS which offers some interesting features such as the option to add a picture in the app drawer icon. There is a hidden window that shows up when you swipe up from the left side corner of the display. It shows your favourite apps, recent activities and settings on a multi-layered scroll.

Lenovo A2010

4,990

The A2010 is a plain looking phone with a compact and light (137g) form. It runs on the same MediaTek’s MT6735 quad-core processor that powers up a few mid-range smartphones. Lenovo has paired the processor with 1GB RAM. It is a dual SIM phone where one SIM slot supports the 4G network and the other works with 2G network. The phone runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with a slightly different UI. The 4.5-inch display isn’t one of its strong points and offers a resolution of 854x480p only, but is quite adequate for users switching from a feature phone or a smartphone with an even smaller screen size.

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