Do you feel uncomfortable with the idea of dishing out over Rs. 50,000 for a top-of-the-line smartphone? It’s not at all surprising to note that many people can’t reason with squandering so much on a smartphone. Good news is that you can pay significantly lesser and still enjoy the complete smartphone experience.
Motorola Moto G (2014 edition)
This iteration of Moto G simply builds on the impressive mix that the predecessor proved to be. The new dual SIM Moto G brings along a slightly bigger display and a much enhanced camera. It features a 5-inch 720p IPS display that is nearly as sharp as the original Moto G’s. The camera has an improved 8-megapixel sensor that is capable of capturing better quality images and videos.
The new Moto G packs a Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor under the hood. It’s well capable of running most operations with Android 4.4 KitKat at its back. The addition of microSD card now means that users can finally exapand storage; a feature that wasn’t available before. Motorola advertizes the dual front facing speakers with much zest but they aren’t really something to write home about.
Minimum price: Rs. 19,999
Sony Xperia M2
If looks matter to you atleast as much as the phone specs and price, you probably shouldn’t overlook this beauty. The M2 resembles the stylish Z2 if you look at it from a distance. That doesn’t mean it looks displeasing up close; quite the contrary actually. The phone homes a 4.8-inch qHD display with a resolution of 960×540 pixels. The resolution may be on the lower side but that also contributes to speed.
Snapdragon 400 Quad core processor keeps things ticking and runs the Android 4.3 that rests below Sony’s own interface. An 8-megapixel camera takes advantage of the exciting camera modes introduced on Xperia Z2. Moreover, the battery will last you up to two days depending on your usage. There’s even 4G support to help you connect to the world significantly faster.
Minimum price: Rs. 22,499
Asus Zenfone 5
Asus is renowned for the build quality of its phones. Lately, it has made a mark with bang for buck Smartphones in Zenfone series. The Zenfone 5 is no exception. The smartphone manages to offer itself for cheap while offering so much to the user. It’s the second smartphone in this range to offer 2GB of RAM.
The 5-inch 720p IPS display is a treat to look at. Besides that, there is an 8-megapixel shooter to satisfy your urge for photography. The Intel Atom Z2580 Dual core processor takes charge of running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box. Users can always upgrade it to Android 4.4 KitKat if they wish.
Minimum price: Rs. 21,999
Motorola Moto E
If you thought Moto G was cheap, Motorola went even crazier with the pricing of Moto E smartphone. Frankly, it’s not the revolutionary that Moto G proved to be but Moto E still manages to better most in terms of basics. The phone comes equipped with a 4.3-inch display that is passable, to be fair. The Gorilla Glass 3 does add an extra bit of protection to the 540p screen, though.
With features such as Motorola Migrate, Alert and Assist apps, it runs Android 4.4.2 without hogging it with a customized layer. Dual core Snapdragon 200 processor is a moderate addition but one that gets the job done. Don’t expect wonders with graphics intensive games, though. The 5-megapixel camera without a front-facer and flash might be a bummer for some. However, the front-facing speaker and above average battery life qualify as nice additions to the mix.
Minimum price: Rs. 12,900
Xiaomi Redmi Note
Xiaomi has made quite a name for itself with the value for money that its smartphones promise. Xiaomi Redmi Note mimics the specs of Galaxy Note 3 while costing so much lesser. That says a lot about a Chinese company trying to take the competition head first. The hardened glass for screen protection adds a bit of bulk to the phone but that may not worry many given the phone’s impressive specs.
The 5.5-inch 720p IPS display sports a pixel density of 267ppi. There’s Android 4.4.2 Jelly Bean with Xiaomi’s own MIUI 5 to complement it. The 1.7GHz Octa core Cortex A7 CPU along with 2GB of RAM power this dual SIM beast like no other in this range. There’s also a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash that records videos at 1080p. Moreover, the 5-megapixel front facing camera will fulfill your selfie desires.
Minimum price: Rs. 23,990
Note 1: The minimum price reflects the lowest manufacturer pricing. The prices are higher when imported or purchased in Pakistan but still fall under PKR 25,000.
Note 2: These phones are readily available at most online Pakistani shops.