Smartphones that powered by quad-core processors are in high demand due to extra processing power and good efficiency. Check out the list of best budget quad-core smartphones of 2014 coming with a fairly superior feature set.
The smartphone market is growing at an unbelievable rate, even the leading mobile phone manufactures are now plunging into making budget smartphones. When you are planning to purchase a new smartphone, you just not fully focus in terms of looks but also see price tag and features list. One important thing that makes a cell phone perform better is certainly the processors. You may have heard about single-core, dual-core, quad-core or octa-core phones – what is the difference between them? It’s quite simple – if you have more cores, then the performance load is distributed among them. For example, in quad-core phones, this load is shared by 4 cores making it possible to use apps, play games and videos, make calls and do a lot of stuff also in mid-range devices. It’s not possible for all people to afford a phone that would cost as expensive as a motor bike. Taking into consideration the price factor, here is given list of the top quad-core handsets priced under Rs. 20,000 to buy in 2014.
Best budget quad-core phones of 2014
Sony Xperia C (Rs 17,990)
The Xperia C has a rectangular built with an “Omni-Balance” design, and sports a 5 inch TFT display, which measures 960 x 540 pixels resolution with a 220 ppi pixel density. It is a Dual SIM mobile phone (GSM and GSM), and available in different color options like Black, White and Purple. It runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and comes with a quad-core MediaTek MTK6589 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, PowerVR SGX544 GPU clocked at 286 Mhz with 1 GB of RAM. The internal storage is 4GB, which is expandable up to 32GB through microSD card slot. When coming to camera side, Sony Xperia C features 8 MP rear camera with Autofocus, LED Flash, Geo-tagging plus video recording, and also has 0.3 MP front facing VGA camera. Its dimensions are 141.5 x 74.2 x 8.9 mm and it weighs 153 grams. It has Li-ion 2390 mAh Standard built-in battery, and connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, microUSB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802 b/g/n with hotspot, etc.
Motorola Moto G (Rs 12,500)
This device is available in two storage variants – 8GB and 16GB. It sports a 4.5-inch 720p display protected by Gorilla Glass 3. You can switch out the back cover for different colored versions, even there’s ruggedized and flip cover versions. It runs the latest Android KitKat OS and powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor mated with 1GB of RAM. It provides 8/16 GB internal memory, 5 MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera and a 2070 mAh battery, delivering the phone with up to 24 hours of talk time which is very good. The 5MP camera is coupled with LED flash does fairness to bright outdoor pictures and performs superb in low light conditions too. It provides Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS connectivity options.
LG Optimus Vu (Rs 18,799)
This device integrates the functionality of a smart phone and a tablet in an exclusive way. The way it integrates both the features is really innovative. It has a 5-inch, 1024 x 768, 16M Colors, HD-IPS LCD Capacitive touch screen. It comes with a powerful hardware configuration and runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, with proposed update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It has Li-ion 2100 mAh standard battery and powered by 1.5 GHz Quad core processor complemented with ULP GeForce GPU and 1 GB RAM. The handset has 32 GB internal memory,and packs an 8MP camera with Autofocus, LED Flash and many other features like Geo tagging, Image Stabilization and face detection. As well, it has a 1.3 MP front camera for Video calling.
LG Optimus 4X HD (Rs 19,000)
LG Optimus 4X is a flagship smartphone from LG, carrying a simple, sleek design and lightweight build. It sports a 4.7″ True HD-IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors and 1280 x 800 pixels resolution. The handset runs on Android 4.0 Ice cream Sandwich OS, and is powered by a 1.5 Ghz Quad core processor with 1GB RAM. It has a 2150 mAh battery, and 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB through micro SD card. The 8MP primary camera provides a range of options: face tracking, geotagging, autofocus, touch focus, a 15x digital zoom, a flash, a timer, continuous shooting, panoramic shooting, and HDR imaging. Images captured with this device are clear, definitive and good also under dim light conditions. Moreover, the handset has a 1.3MP secondary camera for video calling. The device has Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA and 3G data transfer through HSDPA, HSUPA.
HTC Desire 500 (Rs 16,999)
This phone sits comfortably in the hand and very light in weight – 123grams only. It is also thin, measuring at 131.8 x 66.9 x 9.9mm. It features 4.3-inch screen with 480 x 800 pixels resolution. The device comes with HTC customized Sense UI 5.0, which is available in HTC One. It is a Dual SIM Mobile Phone (GSM and GSM) and powered by 1800 mAh standard battery. The phone has a quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor running at 1.2GHz and 1GB RAM. It comes with Android v4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. The internal storage option is up to just 4GB, which is very low for the price and the external storage is expandable up to 32GB with microSD card slot. The Camera side is better with a rear 8MP camera along with LED flash, autofocus, BSI sensor, built-in HTC ImageChip, F2.0 aperture, 28mm lens, while 1.6 MP front camera is enabled with 3G video calling. The phone can connect via Tri Band 2G and Dual band 3G. Connectivity features are Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n with hotspot and microUSB v2.0, etc.
HTC Desire 310 (Rs 11,358)
This dual-sim handset has a 4.5-inch TFT screen, sporting a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with HTC Sense UI 5.1 on top and gets a 4GB internal storage – expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. It is powered by a Standard Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery, delivering a talk time of 11 hours and standby time of 852 hours on 3G. The phone runs on 1.3GHz Quad-core processor, but it has just 512MB RAM which can make the phone slow while heavy usage. It sports a 5MP camera with LED flash on the rear-side and a 1.3MP camera on the front side. In terms of connectivity, the device provides support for 3G, Wi-Fi, Blueooth 4.0 and A-GPS, also features FM radio with recording facility.
Samsung Galaxy Grand 2 (Rs 20,000)
The Galaxy Grand 2 looks extremely same as the Note 3, featuring a big 5.25-inch display with 1280 x 720 pixels HD resolution and a pixel density of 280 ppi. The build quality is superb and the handset feels sturdy without any creaking plastic bits. It packs a 1.2GHz Quad-core processor, coupled with 1.5GB of RAM. It runs on Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS, measures 146.8 x 75.3 x 8.9 mm and weighs 163 grams. There is 8GB of onboard storage, which can be further expanded up to 64GB. The onboard 8 MP camera offers several options like Best photo, Beauty face, Continuous shot, HDR, Sound & shot, Panorama, and Sports, and 1.9MP front-facing camera is also available for 3G video calling. The device is powered by Li-ion 2600 mAh standard battery. Connectivity options include Bluetooth v4.0, microUSB v2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, DLNA, Wi-Fi Hotspot and 3G via HSDPA, HSUPA.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo (Rs 16,000)
This device is pretty same as the original Galaxy Grand smartphone, offering dual-sim functionality and 5-inch screen with 800x480p resolution. The handset runs on Cortex-A7 Quad-core processor with 1.2GHz clock speed and 1GB of RAM, which is sufficient to deliver good performance. It has 2100 mAh battery capacity, delivering 11 hours of talk time and 430 hours of standby time. The phone comes with Android 4.2 jelly bean operating system and 8 GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 32 GB with microSD support. Coming to the camera side, it has been dropped down from 8 MP in Galaxy Grand to 5 MP in Galaxy Grand Neo. As well, a front VGA camera is present for video calling.
Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro (Rs 13,500)
When talked about the looks, this smartphone is very much close to most of the Galaxy devices. It boasts a 4.7-inch super AMOLED capacitive touch screen display with a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels and 198-ppi (pixels per inch) density. The phone supports dual SIMs, runs on Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS and gets powered with a brilliant 1.2GHz Quad-Core Cortex A5 Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon Processor coupled with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 203 GPU. The internal storage is enough with 8GB and the external storage is expandable up to 32GB. The phone easily fits in your hand with dimensions of 133.3 mm (height), 70.7 mm (width) and 9.65 mm (thickness), and can be even operated without using both hands. It has a 5MP rear camera with LED Flash, Autofocus, Touch to Focus, Geo-Tagging, Smile Detection and Face Detection features, plus a VGA front camera for 3G video calling. The phone is powered by Li-Ion 2000 mAh standard battery, which is quite sufficient to power the phone for a day. The handset easily takes your imagination to the next level with full music, video and internet capability and lots of apps.
LG L90 (Rs 16,730)
This mid-range Android device has an attractive display and has a slim, remarkable design and stylish look. The phone flaunts a 4.7-inch IPS qHD touchscreen display with resolution of 940 x 540 pixels, and a 234 ppi pixel density. If you want a smartphone with latest OS packed with great features, then this handset will fulfill all your requirements. The LG L90 runs with the latest Android 4.2.2 Kitkat OS, is powered by 1.2GHz quad core processor coupled with 1GB RAM, providing a decent speed. The handset features an 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a 1.3MP front camera to provide a better experience for video calling and self portraits. The phone holds 8GB internal storage and 32GB external storage via microSD slot. The device is powered by 2,540mAh battery that ensures to provide a long lasting battery life.
Lenovo S820 (Rs 15,000)
This mid-range phone from Lenovo features a 4.7″ IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and pixels density of 315 ppi. One can enjoy a wonderful viewing experience with such high HD resolution display. The phone’s 4.7″ curved-glass IPS display seems gorgeous, producing a borderless effect, while reflection is reduced too, and it even makes for a more natural, comfy touch experience. The phone is powered by a 1.2 GHz MediaTek quad-core processor, and runs Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean) operating system. The phone has a 2000 mAh battery, offering up to 25 hrs on 2G, 12 hrs on 3G, and up to 20 days active standby. The camera highlights include a 13MP rear camera with LED flash and 2 MP front camera. Other features include 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory (expandable up to 32 GB), Dual SIM, 3G, WiFi, etc.
Gionee Gpad 2 (Rs 11,000)
The Dual SIM Gionee Gpad 2 is significantly a huge improvement over the original GPad with a better display, front facing camera, and processor, more RAM. This phone features a big 5.3 inches LCD capacitive touch screen display, which provides visuals at qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The device is powered by a 1.2GHz Mediatek quad-core processor, and runs on 4.1 Jelly Bean coupled with 1GB RAM and 4GB of internal storage (expandable up to 32GB). The phone is loaded with a huge 3000 mAh battery in it. It has 8 MP auto focus camera with LED Flash, which is capable of 720p HD video recording, while the front snapper is 2MP. The basic connectivity options are Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, Bluetooth 4.0 and a GPS. It will be also packed with 3.5mm audio jack and FM Radio.
Micromax Canvas 4 A210 (Rs 14,000)
The phone has a 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display with corning gorilla glass protection. The device runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean OS and is powered 1.2 GHz quad core cortex A7 processor, PowerVR Series 5XT graphics and 1GB of RAM. Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is easy to hold with its 144.5 x 73.8 x 8.9mm dimensions and very lightweight at 158 grams – something good for a 5-inch phone. This Canvas phone features a 13MP camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording and a 5MP front-facing camera. It comes with 16GB built-in memory and the external storage is up to 32GB using microSD card slot. Coming to the battery, the phone packs a 2000 mAh lithium-ion battery, which can keep the phone running for 8 hrs.
Karbonn Titanium S5 Plus (Rs 10,000)
This dual SIM smartphone sports a 5 inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen at 540 x 960 pixel resolution. It runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and powered by 1.3GHz quad-core processor mated with 1GB of RAM. The 4GB of internal storage memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card support. Its powerful 1800 mAh battery lasts long. The 8MP rear camera fitted with LED flash is good for outdoor and low light shooting. There is also a front camera of 2MP for 3G video calls. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and 3G are the usual connectivity options.
Xolo Play T1000 (Rs 14,000)
The Xolo Play features a 4.7-inch HD display and supports high resolution 1280 x 720 pixels with One Glass Solution (OGS) Technology. The XOLO Play T1000 is powered by a 1.5Ghz Nvidia Tegra 3 quad core processor along with 1 GB RAM. The device runs on Android OS v4.1.1 Jelly Bean with an expected update to v4.2. It smoothly handles daily tasks like social updates, email, watching and recording full HD video and playing music. What’s more, it mainly shines at mobile gaming. The 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery could keep the phone running for a day. The phone has 8GB internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB storage via microSD card slot. The device has an 8MP camera at the back that is capable of 1080p video recording at 30fps and a 2MP front facing camera that can record VGA videos.
Note that all prices are in approximate figure, as it may fluctuate in the near future according to the company making changes in their smartphones’ selling prices.
List of other budget quad core smartphones:
- Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 (Rs 14,250)
- Micromax A116 Canvas HD (Rs 12,000)
- Micromax A110Q Canvas2 Plus (Rs 10,000)
- Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 (Rs 8,175)
- Gionee Pioneer P3 (Rs 7,499)
- Lava Iris 458q (Rs 7,949)
- Spice Stellar Pinnacle Pro Mi-535 (Rs 9,799)
- Spice Coolpad Mi-515 (Rs 9,299)
- Videocon A55HD (Rs 11,999)
- iBall Andi Uddaan (Rs 7,519)
- Intex Aqua Wonder (Rs 9,199)