Let’s uncover the top 6 alternatives to Android One smartphones, because in a price sensitive market like India people wouldn’t really care about the what version of Android their smartphone is using or whether their device comes with a quad-core processor. All they care about is whether the smartphone hardware can survive the long haul, and will they be able to talk or communicate with their friends and family easily.
By now, you must be familiar with the Google’s Android One series of low-budget smartphones. Android One brought three Android smartphone at a dirt cheap price with top of the line features bundled with a highly competitive hardware configuration. Recently initiated Google’s Android One project in India has ransacked many of its burgeoning competitors. But it’s of little essence to a price conscious buyers in India, and that’s not the way they might be looking at the Android One, unless it is introduced in the layman’s language.
Back to the point, if Android One smartphones doesn’t please you, then check out the top alternatives here. All the smartphones we have listed here are under INR 7,000 or INR 10,000 price range.
Alternatives To Google’s Android One Smartphone
With almost similar features to Android One, Moto E is enjoying a huge success in India. Partnered with online Indian giant Flipkart, Moto E is selling like hot cakes. Moto E specifications on paper as well as in real will please everyone in India. The smartphone comes with a 4.3 inch display, 5MP rear camera, Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 dual-core processor, Dual SIM slots, micro-SD support, 1GB RAM and the latest version of Android i.e. Android Kitkat. Priced slightly higher than the Android One smartphones, Moto E sales might come down in the following months if people turn their heads towards the Android One smartphones.
Asus Zenfone 4 A400CG
Only if you could shed a few more bucks over the price of Android One smartphone, you can get Asus Zenfone 4 which has everything that would entice the budget conscious buyers. Micromax Canvas A1 (Android One smartphone) and Asus Zenfone 4 sports the same display. Powered by Intel Atom Z2520 dual-core CPU, 8MP rear view camera (well supported with LED flash) and a VGA in front, makes Asus Zenfone a true alternative to Micromax Canvas A1. Although, Asus Zenfone 4 runs the latest version of Android the company doesn’t offer much hope to its buyers when it comes to the future updates.
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Micromax A106 Unite 2
Apart from a little difference in the display size and resolution compared to Micromax Canvas A1, the Micromax A106 Unite 2 is enjoying a fair share of success in the market. The phone comes with a 5MP rear view camera (well supported with LED flash), 2MP front camera for selfies, and it has the same Mediatek MT6582 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor which is available on Android One Smartphone.
Since Micromax Canvas A1 is under the supremacy of Android One, its users would enjoy the latest Android version for up to 2 years, but we’re not sure whether the other device from the same manufacturer would get to see any future Android updates or not. Micromax A106 Unite 2 sells for Rs. 6,890, slightly higher than Micromax Canvas A1.
Micromax A94 Canvas MAd
Micromax A94 has had a good share of reviews over Flipkart, the Indian online store. Talking about the hardware, it’s blessed with the same size display as that of Micromax Canvas A1. Is powered by 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, running not even on Android KitKat, but on JellyBean OS. 5MP rear camera and a quality front camera would allow users to capture high-quality pictures. Also the LED flash available in this device will support taking pictures in the dark-surroundings. Micromax A94 may not be a good fit for Android apps hungry customers with only 512MB RAM to back up the multi-tasking features, but a price difference of INR1,000 approximately would justify the competition between it and the Android one smartphones. Micromax A94 sells for INR5,549.
Micromax’s idea to tame the low-budget Android Market leads to whole lot of Android devices, with every device sharing almost similar features. If you’d look out, you’d find it hard to decide amongst the family of devices.
XOLO Q500s IPS
Out of all these Android devices listed here, XOLO Q500 boasts a slightly better display measuring 4 inch with 233ppi pixel density. Quite similar to Micromax Canvas A1, XOLO Q500 IPS sports Mediatek MT6582M1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 quad-core processor and it runs on the latest Android version, KitKat. The device also has a 5MP rear camera, and a VGA in the front. But with only 512MB RAM and no new about the future OS updates, it’s not a straight competitor for Android One smartphones. Though, I’d request you to be a little generous and appreciate towards this phone which is priced at INR5,149.
Feeling little adventurous? Then go for Redmi 1S as it would beat aforementioned smartphones any day. Redmi 1S is a lesser known Android smartphone, but it is out there to mark a dent in the smartphone universe. When it comes to features, Redmi 1S wins hearts on sheet: 1.6 GHz MSM8228, Quad Core Processor, 8MP rear snapper(1.6MP in front), 4.7 Inches HD display, 1GB RAM for better multitasking and a lot more than the said words.
Only gripe, Redmi 1S is still lagging with Android Jelly Bean OS. We’ve had no information about the Android OS future updates as well. That’s all for INR5,999! (Exciting, right? Well, don’t be.) Redmi 1S is a hard to get Android smartphone. Do register on Flipkart (mandatory) to try to buy this adventurous smartphone (The Flash sale is on every Tuesday).
Wrapping It Up
There are few (actually more than you can imagine) low-budget Android smartphones by Sony, Samsung, HTC, Lenovo as well, but they have all failed to impress us when compared with these alternatives to Google’s Android One smartphone.
Asus Zenfone 4, Redmi 1S sounds genuine competitor to Google’s Android One newly launched series, but guaranteed Android OS updates for up to 2 years is something none of the above can provide.