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Best 4G smartphones below Rs10,000

4G is five times faster than existing 3G networks, but you need a good 4G device to enjoy full benefits

As we near the last quarter of the year, 4G mobile networks have become mainstream in India. Bharti Airtel has been the most upfront with 4G plans, and has already rolled out the service in 13 telecom circles across India, while Aircel has it in six circles. Vodafone and Reliance Jio have confirmed they will launch their 4G LTE services before the end of this year. To drive adoption and encourage 3G users to switch to 4G, operators are currently offering 4G data speeds at the same tariff prices as 3G services. Equally, smartphone makers are also not hanging back, with a lot of the recently launched affordable Android smartphones packing in 4G capabilities which make them quite future proof.

If you have been contemplating switching to 4G services for a while now, these are some of the best affordable 4G phones that money can buy.

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime

6,999

Essentially a more powerful version of the Redmi 2, the phone handles tasks much better than its predecessor. This phone, a dual SIM set-up, will run 4G on both the SIM slots. This is something not many dual SIM phones have. Despite the somewhat boring design and appearance, it is well-built and fits into most hands comfortably. The 4.7-inch display looks sharp and vivid. It runs on an older version of Android (KitKat) but it doesn’t matter since Xiaomi uses a heavily customized Android interface called MIUI. It has a good camera, more storage and can handle most tasks with ease.

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Moto E 4G

6,999

Moto E 4G has the same chunky appearance that marks other Motorola phones, yet it feels handy and compact. It is a dual SIM phone with 4G running on the first slots. It is powerful enough to run most tasks including some of the latest Android games. One of the reasons why that is so is the stock Android interface without many customizations to the default Google’s Android 5.1 (Lollipop) operating system. Despite the small screen (4.5-inch) and low resolution (960x540p), it doesn’t look inferior to HD displays in terms of colour reproduction and clarity. Gorilla Glass 3 and water repellent coating are some of its notable attributes.

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Yu Yureka Plus

8,999

Despite its big size and plain looks, Yureka Plus is handy and comfortable to use. It is better stocked than any other phone in the range. The 5.5-inch full HD display, a fairly powerful octa-core, 2GB RAM and the latest version of Android (Lollipop) with Cynagoen CM12 makes it a solid contender for someone looking for a reliable low-cost 4G device. Though it tends to heat up a bit while playing games, overall the phone is smooth and lag-free.

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Asus Zenfone 2 Laser

9,999

Unabashedly the heaviest phone in the list, weighing 170g, Zenfone 2 Laser masks it brilliantly with the curved back, sleek edges and unique position of the external keys—the volume keys are at the back and the power on top. It supports 4G connectivity in both the SIM slots, runs the latest version of Android (Lollipop) with colourful custom UI, has a top-notch camera and a long lasting battery. The ability to handle most tasks smoothly makes it a 4G phone worth noting.

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