There is hyper competition in the Indian smartphone market. The pricing battle is at peak, with Moto E, Android One smartphones from Micromax, Karbonn, Spice , Xolo One all are in the range of Rs. 6,000 to Rs. 6,500. While we have so many options around Rs. 6000 with decent Specs there is still a gap when we see the price range of Rs. 3,000 to 4,000. There are very limited smartphones which offer good specs for this price range.
We may see some more smartphones to launch in this range, probably Google and Android One partners may launch a sub 5,000 priced smartphones to meet the customer demand. Other than these there is Xiaomi which has stormed the market with predatory pricing and great hardware specs the redmi 1 S and Mi3.
Earlier this year some of the Mozilla OS based smartphones got launched for Rs. 2000 to 4000 range which offers good value in this segment. Since Mozilla OS lack App developers support and it is long time for the OS to get matured. So android is better option to purchase.
I evaluated many smartphones with Android OS but only Karbonn is offering the cheapest 5MP Camera Android Smartphone which I consider is a worthy purchase for the buyers. Karbonn is a number 3 mobile company in India in terms of market share after Samsung and Micromax. Samsung has not launched any good smartphones in this range and no model from Micromax matches this model of Karbonn in price and performance.
Cheap and Best 5 MP Camera Android Smartphone under 3500 – Karbonn Smart A12 Star
This is a great value for money smartphone in this price range. If you are tight on budget you can purchase the Karbonn Smart A12 Star for Rs. 3399. The earlier price was close to Rs. 3800 with the recent price cut this is one of the best value for money device.
The smartphone comes with a back leather finish which we have seen on some of the high end smartphones like Note 3.
Full Specifications of Karbonn Smart A12 Star
|Karbonn Smart A12 Star Full Specs|
|Model||Karbonn Smart A12 Star|
|Handset Color||Black & Silver.|
|Touch Screen||Yes, Capacitive|
|SIM Type||Dual Sim, WCDMA + GSM|
|Ram Size||512 RAM|
|User Memory||2.4 GB|
|Expandable Memory||microSD, upto 32 GB|
|Operating Freq||GSM – 900, 1800; UMTS – 2100|
|Operating System||Android v4.4.2 (KitKat).|
|Processor||1.2 Mediatek, Dual Core.|
|CAMERA & Features|
|Primary Camera||Yes, 5 Megapixel, Flash Support, fixed focus.|
|Sensors||G-Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor|
|Phone Book Memory||Yes|
|Resolution||4 inch IPS, WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels.|
|Smartphone Size||64.2×124.2×10.1 mm.|
|Battery Li Ion|
|Battery Capacity||1400 Mah.|
- Weak Camera Flash, not effective in total dark, unlike the Moto E or Android L smartphones.
- The battery drain is high while using 3G network and 1400 mah is a low capacity battery , good for using it on 2g.
- Battery charging is not fast.
- Performance for the price is good, speaker is loud and clear, features and look is great, the camera quality is best in day light.
- The others features its has dual sim, bluetooth, wifi, 3G, dual processor, GPS, FM, kitkat OS, Bright display.
- Dual Core 1.3 Ghz processors mange to run some of the basic games with ease like candy crush.
- Screen guard is also included save some pennies.
- Expendable memory upto 32 Gb.
Cheap and Best 5 MP Camera Android Smartphone under 3500 – Summing it up, Karbonn Smart A12 Star is a good value for money smartphone, if you have a tight budget and want a smartphone with decent camera quality, Android OS, good memory space and a Dual core processor with 3G capability. With recent price drop to Rs 3400, it becomes a even better deal to buy the Karbonn Smart A12 Star.